Captain Florian Hamm began his new job in October
Since mid-October Lufthansa Flight Training`s pilot school in Bremen has had a new director. Florian Hamm (46), Boeing 737 flight captain and former managing director at SunExpress, has taken over from Captain Rolf Kiess, who headed the school for just under three years.
Florian Hamm first came to Bremen in 1976 to be trained as a pilot. In 1978 he began flying for Lufthansa as first officer aboard a Boeing 737. He subsequently trained to fly DC-8s and B747s. In 1991 he was promoted to captain on the Boeing 737, where he serves today as a training captain. In addition to his flying activities, he became a certified expert in accident investigations and attended the European Business School. He gained his first managerial experience as assistant to Lufthansa`s director of operations, after which became flight-operations manager and technical director at SunExpress in Antalya, Turkey, where he has served as managing director since 1996.
As the “cradle” of Lufthansa pilots, the pilot school performs a key function within the Lufthansa Group. Since its founding in 1956, it has trained well over 5,000 pilots for Lufthansa, Condor, Lufthansa CityLine and numerous other airlines. Its customer list reads like a Who`s Who of the aviation industry. For the past more than four decades the Bremen pilot school has been setting the standard for training young people to become commercial pilots.
Since 1997 the pilot school has been part of Lufthansa Flight Training GmbH, a wholly owned Lufthansa subsidiary that was founded in that year. The company specializes in training courses for flight personnel. It is headquartered in Frankfurt, where it also provides advanced cockpit training, aviation safety training, service training as well as computer-based training.