Panama in Need of Trained Pilots

Panamanian airline Copa Airlines needs to hire about 200 pilots per year.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines, said there is lack of training in the candidates, which fail to pass the recruitment tests. "There is a great opportunity to be developed in this profession, we are in need of a first class training center in Panama.”

Panama America reports more statements from the executive, "The airlines are requiring pilots to accumulate many hours of experience in Panama and this is difficult to achieve. This can be compensated if there is high-level training available, but currently there is no such training and even less experienced personnel."

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