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Austrian Airlines Technical School and Secondary Vocational School for Aeronautics Langenlebarn Lift Off Together

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• Cooperation enables theoretical education and practical training in only five years instead of nine
• Aeronautical engineers receive highly qualified training
• Diplomas recognized throughout the EU

The Austrian Airlines Technical School and the Secondary Vocational School for Aeronautics in Langenlebarn are bundling their know-how within the context of a strategic partnership. Previously, once an individual completed his compulsory education, it took an average of about nine years until an aeronautical engineer received his official certification to approve an aircraft for the next flight after maintenance work was carried out. This cooperation now enables certification to be granted after four years attending the vocational school in Langenlebarn along with one year of practical training i.e. a total of five years. Afterwards the graduates can be employed by approved maintenance organizations throughout the EU.

This has been made possible by a coordinated know-how transfer between the vocational school and Austrian Airlines, the country’s largest airline. In the future, the teachers at the Secondary Vocational School for Aeronautics Langenlebarn will receive further training at the Austrian Airlines Technical School. At the same time, certified trainers of the Austrian Airlines Technical School will teach the students at the Secondary Vocational School for Aeronautics, and thus contribute their practical experience. In this way, the basic education required to become an aeronautical engineer will involve a coordinated combination of theory and practical training. In the past students had to go through five years of practical training after completing four years of studies at the vocational school, and also had to complete several additional courses in order to be eligible for certification by the responsible authorities.

“We are pleased to have found a partner in Austrian Airlines which will contribute its high quality standards to educating our students”, says the school principal Franz Koller. “In this way we can offer our students a practice-oriented education and enable them to become highly qualified aeronautical engineers“.

”I am happy that in the future Austrian Airlines will be able to make a contribution to enabling students to receive a diploma which is recognized in the entire EU thanks to its cooperation with the Secondary Vocational School for Aeronautics and Austro Control”, explains Michael Delion, Vice President Technical Operations at Austrian Airlines. “In this manner we are also contributing to strengthening Austria as an industrial location.”

At present some 400 aeronautical engineers working around the clock seven days a week who are authorized to approve aircraft for flying are employed by Austrian Airlines. They bear a high degree of responsibility. They have to carry out all the required work on the aircraft, from a simple changing of tires and complex troubleshooting to the comprehensive overhaul of an aircraft, which can take several weeks. The aircraft is only approved for the next flight when all work has been thoroughly and carefully carried out and the work has been checked.

About the Austrian Airlines Technical School
The Austrian Airlines Technical School is a certified Part-147 Maintenance Trainings Organization offering highly qualified trainings for aircraft technicians. The school conveys theoretical knowledge. At the same time, practical trainings are carried out directly on aircraft under the supervision of certified trainers so that the students gain the necessary practice-oriented know-how. The courses are taught by trainers who at the same time work as certifying technicians carrying out maintenance work on behalf of Austrian Airlines.

The Secondary Vocational School for Aeronautics in Langenlebarn
The Secondary Vocational School for Aeronautics is a vocational secondary school and the only public school in the German-speaking part of Europe which offers a complete Part-147 basic certified aircraft training. The focal points of the training program are maintenance, inspection and manufacturing of aircraft and aviation equipment as well as aeronautical ground facilities.

Austrian Airlines
Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier and operates a global route network of round 130 destinations. That route network is particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 41 destinations. Thanks to its favourable geographical location at the heart of Europe, the company’s hub at Vienna International Airport is the ideal gateway between East and West. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe’s largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines. The flight operations of the Austrian Airlines Group has been bundled at its 100% subsidiary Tyrolean Airways since 1st July, 2012.

Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Air India has been announced as a future member airline with Avianca Brazil to join under the existing Avianca membership. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 18,000 daily flights to 1,269 airports in 193 countries.

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