The British School of Aviation is reopening its training facility at London Luton Airport on July 6 with a social-distanced teaching set-up.

Entitled ‘Seat 9’, BSA will implement a low-density class configuration of just nine students, as opposed to previous intakes of 16, in order to ensure social distancing can be managed safely and practically. Additional health protection measures including daily student temperature checks, ‘smart’ pathways, hand sanitising stations and use of face coverings will also be introduced.

Announcing the ‘Seat 9’ concept, Matt Harvey, BSA’s Chief Executive Officer said, “As the aviation industry enters the recovery phase from the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for qualified professionals to ensure the safety of aircraft fleets returning to the skies has never been greater in the history of commercial flight.

“By taking the necessary steps to protect the health of students and staff, BSA can continue to deliver its world-class training. Our ‘Seat 9’ concept is designed to send a clear message to our airline and MRO colleagues that BSA is ready to support them with innovative and cost-efficient outsourced solutions to the training and certification requirement of frontline personnel.