Copa Airlines Pilot's Academy

The Panamanian airline has launched the Latin American Academy of Superior Aviation where they will train pilots needed for their operations.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The growth in workforce is accompanied by the addition of new destinations. At the end of this year Copa will open two new routes, but for now it is not known which ones they are.

Robert Katz, director of the Latin American Academy of Superior Aviation (ALAS by its initials in Spanish) said that students will be trained for a period of 12 months and will accumulate 250 flight hours.

"The training program has a cost of $40 thousand, and the airline signed an agreement with the Institute for Training and Development of Human Resources, an organization that offer loans to finance 100% of the course," noted an article in .

According to the CEO of Copa Airlines, Pedro Heilbron, in the next three years the airline needs to hire about 300 pilots.

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