Air Force plans to continue pilot training in Bremen

At least the military students will remain at the traditional flight school in Bremen. The Ministry of Defense announced this to the FAZ. The civilian flight students meanwhile speak out in a letter.

Pilots continue to learn to fly in Bremen: An A400M military transporter on August 6th in Velizy Villacoublay

Dhe Ministry of Defense countered fears of the works council of the Bremen flight school of Lufthansa Aviation Training on Wednesday that after Lufthansa the air force could also withdraw its pilot training from Bremen. “I can’t confirm that,” a spokesman for the Air Force told the FAZ. The contract expires at the end of the year and there is also a tender. However, Bremen and Goodyear in the American state of Arizona are still mentioned as training locations there.

The Air Force trains the crews of the military transporters and government aircraft in Bremen. Pilots and weapons system officers for the Eurofighter and Tornado combat aircraft, on the other hand, are initially trained in the United States. It will then be continued in Schleswig and Laage.

Lufthansa announced on Tuesday that it wanted to phase out the training at the traditional facility in Bremen. Civil pilots reacted in shock to the news from the group on Wednesday, although they had long been attuned to the crisis. Flight students accuse the Lufthansa Group of hastily breaking a tradition during the crisis. Lufthansa has trained its offspring itself for decades and has argued that this is the only way to ensure the highest level of training, according to a letter from flight student circles that the FAZ has received. This principle should now be deviated from.

Those affected are faced with a decision in which both alternatives are unattractive. You are advised to discontinue your training and to reorient yourself professionally. In return, the usual repayments of training costs of up to 80,000 euros should be waived. For the previous student pilots, no debts remained, but the dream of flying would have been fulfilled. However, the student pilots may insist on being fully trained. In this case, the hope of a subsequent job at Lufthansa would be almost hopeless, but the repayment claim would remain.

Criticism also comes from the cockpit pilots’ union, as it is apparently intended that training units will no longer be carried out by their own flight instructors, but by purchased external service providers. Today’s Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr also learned at the commercial aviation school founded in 1956. The school had been questioned in the past, but a way was found to continue the education. The flight school itself has not yet been reached for comment.