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American Airlines to shut down pilot training facility in Phoenix

American Airlines plans to shut down its pilot training operations in Phoenix in 2017, the Fort Worth-based carrier said on Thursday.

Those flight training operations will move to Fort Worth and Charlotte where American already has pilot training facilities.

“Moving to two training centers will help remove duplications in training that currently exist and provide a more consistent training experience for pilots,” said Kimball Stone, American’s vice president of flight, in a memo sent to pilots. “It will also give crews better support from a more centralized team of Flight Training Instructors/Evaluators and Managers.”

The closure of the Phoenix facility will affect about 30 flight crew training instructors and simulator engineers who will be offered similar positions in Fort Worth and Charlotte. American said instructor pilots in Phoenix will return to regular flying schedules later this year.

The carrier expects to complete the training move by mid-2017. Currently, pilots who fly the Boeing 757 and Airbus A320 can complete training in Phoenix.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk