A FORMER aircraft engineer has launched an online and distance learning model for the airline industry after being inspired by his own time at The Open University.
Claudio Marturano, 32, was the chief engineer for Bombardier Q400 and completed an MBA part-time while managing over 200 employees and 15 aircrafts.
Claudio said: “I needed to do the MBA for career enhancement, I was offered a directorship with my company which required either a professional qualification or 16 years experience in the industry and I wasn’t physically old enough for the position.
“The good thing about aviation is it is mostly shift work, so I managed to fit in my work with my studies on my days off.”
The newly-launched Nubis Aviation Training model ensures pilots, maintenance crew and ground staff are properly trained in a flexible, cost-effective way through online and distance learning which is carried out continuously to meet European Union Aviation Safety Agency the USA’s Federal Aviation Administration standards
The idea for the business came about prior to his studies, but Claudio was pushed to develop it in the 2nd year of his MBA where he was tasked with creating an innovative business model.
He added: “After everything fell into place, I entered it into the Business Challenge competition with The Open University which I won which really boosted my confidence.
“I then entered the idea into Scotland’s Unlocking Ambition Challenge where I was one of 20 finalists.”
The company officially launches this month and will take Claudio on a whirlwind year of professional expos, including a speaking spot at MRO Europe’s aviation week in October.
Derek Goldman, Knowledge Exchange Manager at The Open University in Scotland, said: “It’s clear to us that flexible lifelong learning has a critical role to play in developing the skills our economy needs.
“Our students are a constant source of inspiration to us with all that they achieve and it’s great that the OU has also influenced Claudio’s thinking.”
The Nubis Aviation team will be at Pilots Career Europe 2019 in London this week to introduce the concept to pilots and industry representatives.