hullo Aircrew reports 200% membership growth in efforts to tackle pilot shortages
PUBLISHED: 17:20 08 July 2019 | UPDATED: 17:21 08 July 2019
Two years after the launch of its software that connects operators with aircrew for freelance and contract flights, London Oxford Airport-based hullo Aircrew reports a 200% growth in its membership database, which now holds 3,000 candidates, and has expanded its operation to offer permanent aircrew positions
It supports nearly fifty business aviation operators, a growing number of flight support companies, maintenance organisations, operator owners and charter brokers, covering 130 aircraft types from the Cessna Mustangs to Boeing BBJs, and 190 airports worldwide.
Director of Business Operations Edward Cousins says he is passionate about actively addressing the industry's reported pilot shortage.
"We are looking to approach local authorities to encourage standardisation on training across the industry, using hullo Aircrew's skill set in building a network to help build a consortium of operator training agreements… [that] would play a part in alleviating the pressure on commercially competitive flight operations - and also help to drive down costs."
He notes that the variation in standards from country to country is vast - even across the UK - and leads to widespread differences in operational procedures.
hullo Aircrew is already in discussions with the British Business General Association, which has its own flight training working group, and the British Air Charter Association.