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Aberdeen
Thursday, 1 Oct 2015

Aberdeen's Cabro Aviation wins first FTO PROUD award

Cabro Aviation has become the first flight training organisation in the UK to be endorsed under a new 'good training provider' scheme run by the CAA. Cabro Aviation’s Flight Achievement Recognition Scheme has been judged by the CAA as a worthy recipient of its Pilot Recognition for Operational Up-skilling and Development (PROUD) initiative.
 
Cabro already has an existing award scheme for trainees, but their new scheme encourages pilots to extend their flying abilities with a series of tougher challenges.  
 
Cabro's Alan Stewart explained, "Our Flight Achievement Recognition Scheme scheme is based on our existing awards where, when you achieve a milestone, you get a glass award. For example, first solo, first cross country and then one when you get a licence. 
 
"We built on this and have a tier system for P1 hours. As you gain P1 hours you get awards based on passing that milestone. On the navigation side, we have developed some navigational challenges building up experience for pilots to travel away from Aberdeen to the Highlands and Islands. 
 
"In addition, we have agreements for landing at a number of airfields in Scotland. When a pilot visits them all they will get an award.
 
Alan went on to say, "We operate at a busy International airport and a busy heliport. This gives students the added challenge of flying out to quieter licensed or unlicensed airfields."
 
The CAA introduced PROUD as a way of improving the general skill level of private pilots, particularly recently qualified pilots.  The scheme encourages pilots to develop various skills level in a structured and logical way. 
 
Founded in 2009, Cabro Aviation is the only fixed wing Civil Aviation Authority registered training facility in North East Scotland for light aircraft, based at Aberdeen International Airport.  Cabro has been flight training since 2011 and their part-time staff all work in the oil and aviation industries.  
 
Alan explained, "Cabro Aviation started flight training to support GA, which had all but died at Aberdeen. We had quite a job convincing the airport we weren't going to be just another flying club that will run for a few months and shut down. On the 16th January, we will be 5 years old!"
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2 Oct 15
Richard Robson Congratulations on the award Alan. I recall that you were most courteous when I visited in 2011. Sadly, due to work commitmitments, I couldn't take-up your invitation to attend your workshops. Once again, well done. Regards Richard Robson
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