FLIGHTSAFETY International's (FSI) Vero Beach, Florida-based Flight Academy has received UK Civil Aviation Authority approval of its fully integrated pilot-training programme based on Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 509.

The move allows FSI to expand its existing CAA-approval for training modules into an ab initio programme. UK flight schools oppose CAA licensing of offshore-based training organisations.

UK General Aviation Manufacturers and Traders Association head Graham Forbes says that if the European Joint Regulation flight-crew licensing latest draft wording is implemented, by 1999 FSI will lose its CAA approval.

FSI says that its Flight Academy is being expanded in anticipation of increased business.

Source: Flight International