New World Record: 230,000 flights in 24 hours

If you caught a flight on July 24th, you helped set a new world record. The Flightradar 24 platform recorded the world record for single-day air operations, with 225,000 flights in 24 hours. However, a day later, on July 25, the record was broken again, with 230,000 flights.

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Corporate aviation, a sector in full development in Europe

Executive or corporate aviation is carried out by companies and aircraft dedicated to the efficient, comfortable and safe transport of people in small groups between any origin and destination.

This type of aviation has more exit in a Europe where travel is fast and comfortable, with the aim of not wasting a single minute. These two factors are key for many companies outside the aeronautical sector to have pilots on staff or travel to rental services. These companies can offer a small 8-seater reactor up to a B737 to real flying offices equipped with all kinds of amenities.

In addition, the equipment on board is especially careful, including comfortable seats, work tables, kitchens equipped to the last detail, very complete bathrooms, etc. Sometimes you can even talk about real luxury, with leather sofas, beds, giant screens…

This sector is growing. Global executive aviation moves more than $25 billion a year, and selling it such aircraft also continues to grow, with China, North America and the Persian Gulf being the most commercial markets. This data also includes the Charter or Aerotaxi sector, which, far from being a great luxury, also represents a necessary service for senior executives. 

Some 650,000 journeys are made on average in Europe, and the most representative form of growth is the corporate one. This type of service offers the fractional aircraft, with blocks of hours at a very competitive price.Executive Airlines is the 1st company in Spain in corporate aviation, and was founded with the aim of changing this type of aviation in Europe. 

Executive Airlines was born from the need to manage its own aircraft and not from that of profiting from third-party management, transferring its interests to those of its customers, and has ended up consolidating itself as the second executive aviation company in the market Spanish. There are several major companies that rely on their services, both private clients and large corporations. It currently has a fleet of 30 aircraft and also offers long-haul flights, linking Europe with the rest of the world.

The main Spanish airports have incorporated into their terminal facilities or spaces dedicated to this type of aviation. Barcelona-El Prat Airport has since 2008 what AENA calls its Corporate Terminal. The Terminal is managed, by public award, by two private companies, the company specialized in airport handling Menzies Aviation, and the leading Spanish company in executive aviation, Gestair. These terminals are usually equipped with lounges and comfortable and efficient facilities for work.


Another important element for the development of this type of aviation is the platform for the parking of jets, to be provided by airports. At major airports, or with a large volume of operations, this platform is usually independent of that for commercial aviation aircraft. The Barcelona-El Prat platform for executive aviation is adjacent to the Corporate Terminal, and has the capacity to accommodate 42 such aircraft, a tight capacity.In any case, corporate aviation is a high-cost aviation. 

However, for many users, its use is defended from a functional point of view. For example, in the case of multiple company managers moving to a destination without direct flight, scales can be a significant waste of time, and even sometimes these managers may have to stay overnight. In these cases, the costs of accommodation and additional tickets can also be high, so, by bringing together the hours lost on a commercial flight, the company can be profitable.

In conclusion, executive or corporate aviation provides amenities that a commercial flight does not offer, but more importantly, saves valuable time that will result in significant money savings in the medium term for you or your business; almost six hours less per flight if you consider a round trip on a commercial airline.

The air cargo sector will also demand more pilots in the coming years

The demand for commercial pilots is also in addition to air cargo pilots. This sector is constantly growing, mainly due to the growth of e-commerce. And as usual, this growth also poses certain drawbacks. Increase of the salaries and fuel prices, as well as trade war, fuel uncertainty.

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Global Shortage of Aircraft Pilots

According to Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook of 2019, during the next 20 years, the demand of pilotsand workers of the sector will have an important increase to maintain the world fleet. Specifically, it is estimated that 804,000 new civil aviation pilots, 769,000 new maintenance technicians and 914,000 more cabin crew are required.

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History of the Sabadell airport

Sabadell airport is located at 10 kilometers from Barcelona. The airport opened in 1934. It has a 900-meter runway, with an additional 150 from the security zone, and there are currently more than 200 aircraft based at the aerodrome.

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Tecnam Planes

Tecnam is an Italian aeronautical manufacturer. The main activity of the company is the manufacture for other aeronautical constructors and the manufacture of its own range of light aircraft.

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The largest aviation schools in the world

Do you want to be a pilot? If your answer is affirmative, this will interest you. Enrolling in a pilot course with guarantees requires finding the schools that offer the best services and equipped with the best infrastructure and technology. Fully-equipped classrooms with the latest generation in simulators and good fleet of airplanes are essential requirements.

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Where are you currently working?

– Right now I am working for Ryanair based in Marrakech since November last year, after having completed my type rating at 737 in Amsterdam.

Was it difficult to find a job after obtaining the title of commercial pilot?

– Thanks to the training received and the more than favorable situation of the labor market in aviation it was not difficult to find a job. In fact I found my first job in airline even before I finished my Flight Instructor Rating, in addition to having several offers as a flight instructor even before I finished the rating.

Do you think the training received at EAS BARCELONA helped you for your current job?

– I am very grateful to EAS Barcelona for the training received there. To the instructors with whom I had the pleasure of learning and especially to the logistics staff as well as to everyone working in the offices. Grateful for his closeness and above all his efficiency to take forward the Training at a very good pace that allowed me to take the wave of opportunities that we are living in aviation. It was the first place during my Training where I met people who wanted the same thing that I wanted: to learn as much as possible during my Training and I could find a job and fulfill a dream as soon as possible.

Are your work expectations covered?

– Having worked previously in aviation helped me a lot to be realistic about what to expect once I was working in the cabin. Working for the most stable and strongest airline in Europe, all combined with a very competitive salary and the international experience I was looking for make me more than satisfied with my work and personal situation.

Would you recommend EAS BARCELONA as a pilot training center?

– The best decision I could make to push my training forward was to study the last phases of my training with EAS Barcelona. Thanks to their efficiency, professionalism and commitment towards the student, they made of my experience a fantastic instructional environment that pushed me and helped me to achieve my dream. I will never stop recommending them to help others achieve their dreams as one day I did with them.


April 2019


With the increase in the number of students, we have formalized the order of a new Tecnam P2002JF G500 to the Capua factory in Italy. We expect the delivery in the month of May to be incorporated into the current aircraft fleet of EAS BARCELONA.


Volotea continues to rely on our Airbus 320 simulator to test the candidates for a co-pilot position on the airline. There have already been more than 60 applicants who have been spending these last two months at the EAS BARCELONA facilities and carried out their technical test in the A320 simulator.
In addition 10 EAS students have passed the tests and are already performing the type B717 or A320 rating for Volotea. The percentage of students trained at EAS BARCELONA who have passed the entrance exams is the highest of the schools in Spain that have submitted their students to the airline.