COPA: At the forefront in training
The Panamanian airline is the only one in Latin America that has its own flight simulators to train its personnel.
The Panamanian airline is the only one in Latin America that has its own flight simulators to train its personnel. The Copa Airlines Training Center began operations at the City of Knowledge in 2006. Since then, more than 800 Panamanian pilots have been trained in these facilities to operate the company’s fleet, recognized as the most punctual in Latin America, operating 100 aircraft and with an average of 350 daily flights.In its Training Center, Copa trains and certifies pilots to fly their airplanes, as well as its on board service personnel. These facilities offer different types of training:
- Initial, for a co-pilot joining the airline.
- Upgrade,?when a co-pilot is promoted to captain.
- Transition, when a pilot moves from one fleet to another.
- Emergency procedures.
Copa’s facilities at the City of Knowledge have nine simulators: three B737NG models, for flight training in Boeing 737-800 Next Generation airplanes; one E190, for training in Embraer E190 airplanes; two “B737NG Cockpit Procedure Trainers” and three for training in virtual procedures. With the construction of a new building it is expected that in 2019 the new B737MAX flight simulator, with the latest technology of the new Boeing generation, will begin operations.
Approximately 1,150 pilots and 2,200 flight attendants currently train in these facilities every year. With the incorporation of the new simulator, it is estimated that the training capacity will increase by 25%. The training center operations are led by a team of 40 full-time staff, including administrative and maintenance sections, working 24 hours a day, 363 days a year.