Draken Europe, British Airways, AirlinePrep, Pooleys Flight Equipment Ltd and Symbiotics Sponsor The Young Aviators Dinner 2024

With just under a week to go until the Young Aviators Dinner 2024, the Air League and the Honourable Company of Air Pilots would like to thank the Sponsors of this year’s event: Draken, British Airways, AirlinePrep, Pooleys and Symbiotics.

Draken is a partner to Governments worldwide. Headquartered at Bournemouth Airport, with bases in the UK, the US, Europe and the Middle East, Draken’s team works with a specialised and varied fleet of civil and ex-military fighter aircraft and leading technologies to complete complex, highly regulated air operations. Primarily, Draken provides advanced adversary training that tests and stresses the defensive capabilities of frontline. As a specialist operator, Draken regularly trials and evaluates the potential of cutting-edge aviation solutions for its customers — including the expansion of uncrewed systems into roles such as contracted ISR delivery and adjacent markets such as adversary training, close air support training, counter-UAS operations, search and rescue and infrastructure monitoring. Daily, Draken is trusted to support customers including the RAF, the Royal Navy, the US Air Force and forces in the NATO alliance.

British Airways is the UK’s flag carrier, serving over 170 destinations worldwide for over 100 years. British Airways is a global airline, bringing people, places and diverse cultures closer together. Serving the community and our planet is at the heart of everything the airline does.
British Airways offers a variety of graduate programmes, apprenticeships, work placements and the new fully-funded Speedbird Pilot Academy.

AirlinePrep offers expert airline pilot, flight school and cadet pilot interview and assessment preparation courses which are delivered by a diverse range of instructors, including current airline Training Captains, Captains, First Officers and HR specialists. Our team have recruited pilots for Virgin, TUI and Thomas Cook, and we are the only career development company to be used by the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA). We specialise in pilot competency interview and assessment techniques and have prepared pilots for job interviews with airlines around the world.

Established in 1957, Pooleys Flight Equipment is a family owned and operated business, selling over 2850 products worldwide including many of the world’s most recognisable aviation brands. Pooleys has become a well respected name in the aviation industry, not just in the UK but globally, as a leading manufacturer and publisher of aviation, pilot training and flight equipment- used by thousands of pilots around the globe.

Symbiotics are expert providers of pre-screening and assessment for Pilots, Cabin Crew, Maintenance Engineer, Dispatchers and Airline Management. Symbiotics provide assessment & selection, training and consultancy services in over 80 countries, supporting the aviation industry including airlines, flight schools, OEMs, business jet operators and other aviation businesses.

The Young Aviators Dinner has a continued interest to inspire and support young members from any background in the UK to pursue a career as a military or civilian pilot, or similar roles within the UK’s aviation and aerospace industries. This is a unique event for those looking at a career within aviation and aerospace and gives members of both organisations the opportunity to network and meet airline and military recruiters and representatives. The format of seating arrangements has been improved this year with a new system placing those with similar desired career paths together, with the aim of sparking productive conversation and advice. Each table will feature an experienced representative of a different area of aviation, including commercial, cargo, general aviation and the military.
The Air League and the Honourable Company of Air Pilots are grateful to our sponsors for their support, which helps to facilitate the unrivalled opportunities the Young Aviators Dinner offers to young people seeking a future in the UK aviation industry. We look forward to welcoming all guests to the Dinner on Saturday.

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