Eleven more young Sri Lankans have qualified to join the illustrious ranks of Sri Lankan Airlines’ pilots, upon completion of a rigorous training programme by the National Carrier.
Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe said these young pilots are joining at a time when the National Carrier is transforming itself to meet the expectations of the country and serve as a catalyst for the nation’s economic growth since permanent peace has been established. The 11 young pilots, who include four former flyers of the Sri Lanka Air Force, received their wings and epaulettes in a ceremony in Katunayake.
The airline’s Cadet Pilot Training Programme has a strong reputation internationally for its high standard. Selection for the programme is extremely competitive, and every Cadet Pilot is regularly tested during the year and a half of training. Cadet Pilots undergo a programme which includes flying training, simulator training overseas, hands-on aircraft engineering work at the airline’s base in Katunayake, and classroom instruction. This was the first batch to be awarded Wings since 2009. Another batch is currently completing training and yet another has just been recruited.