‘Seat 9’ concept marks British School of Aviation reopening


In support of the UK aviation industry and its importance to the economy, the British School of Aviation is reopening its training facility at London Luton Airport on Monday 6 July with a unique concept that highlights the need for skilled engineers, as aircraft return to service.

Entitled ‘Seat 9’, BSA will implement a low-density class configuration of just nine students, as opposed to previous intakes of 16, in order to ensure social distancing can be managed safely and practically. Additional health protection measures including daily student temperature checks, ‘smart’ pathways, hand sanitising stations and use of face coverings will also be introduced.

To mark its reopening, BSA is offering a complimentary place on its six-week Boeing 787-8/9/10 aircraft engineer type rating course, the company’s first face-to-face training programme since February. Open to B1/B2 qualified engineers living in the UK, access to ‘Seat 9’ requires prospective candidates to send BSA a personal statement of up to 500 words on why they should be awarded the complimentary place. Submissions to Seat9@bsa.world will be judged on merit by BSA’s four founding directors and the successful applicant will be notified by Friday 26 June.

Announcing the ‘Seat 9’ concept, Matt Harvey, BSA’s Chief Executive Officer commented:

“As the aviation industry enters the recovery phase from the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for qualified professionals to ensure the safety of aircraft fleets returning to the skies has never been greater in the history of commercial flight. 

“By taking the necessary steps to protect the health of students and staff, BSA can continue to deliver its world-class training. Our ‘Seat 9’ concept is designed to send a clear message to our airline and MRO colleagues that BSA is ready to support them with innovative and cost-efficient outsourced solutions to the training and certification requirement of frontline personnel.

“Over the coming months, we will also be introducing a range of distance learning B1/B2 modules, as well as an engineering maintenance apprenticeship programme, which forms part of our strategy to deliver a wider range of career opportunities in aviation.”

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