Aviation News Update – Week 14th of September

Aviation News Update – Week 14th of September

Every Monday Aviationfly releases the latest Marketplace Request for Proposals, Supplier Directory updates and Aviation Industry news headlines from the previous week. Here is a recap of last week:

Aviation Industry News:

  • UK based Leading Edge Aviation has awarded a contract to fixed base simulator manufacturer MPS to supply them with an A320 FTD!
    The simulator is expected to be delivered this year and will be installed in LEAL’s state of the art training center at London Oxford Airport in the United Kingdom. Despite the many difficulties COVID-19 has presented the professional flight training industry, this order is a clear commitment from Leading Edge to incoming flight students and to the future of aviation. Students at LEAL will not only benefit from cutting edge MPS technology but also from extra implemented safety measures including the reduction or elimination of re-circulated air inside the simulator. For more information check out the MPS Profile.
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  • Australia - Thousands of pilots cannot currently fly and may not be ready when borders reopen
    Thousands of Australian pilots are effectively disqualified from flying and may not be ready to work when travel resumes. They have not been able to complete the required number of take-offs and landings, and this lack of training could cause a large backlog when borders reopen. "The longer this goes on the bigger the problems gets… in the next six months if
    nothing happens it will be really difficult to travel," pilot Brad Hodson told 9News. President of the Australian and International Pilots Association (APIA) Mark Sedgwick said without government intervention now simulators will be overwhelmed when Australia opens up. Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan told 9News: "The pilot training and the pilot hour issue is real."
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  • CAE launches new financing initiative for aspiring pilots in collaboration with financial institutions around the world!
    With this initiative, CAE is connecting aspiring pilots with banking partners that offer specific financing solutions for pilot training, making the profession more accessible to those who wish to pursue their dream of flying for a living. Approved partners will speed up the processing of applications and will offer competitive rates. In addition, future CAE pilots will have access to a dedicated team that understands the reality of future pilots and a centralized point of contact in each of the participating banking institutions.The program has been launched for the following countries: 1) Canada (CIBC) 2) Mexico (Scotiabank) 3) Spain (Caixa Bank)
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  • Scottish flight school ACS Aviation sees interest soar despite crisis!
    Perth Airport, operated by ACS Aviation, opened in 1936 as Scone Aerodrome and was transformed into an RAF base when the Second World War broke out. Post-war it was the largest flight school in the world, and is still the largest in Scotland, boasting a 100% record of getting students into jobs before the pandemic. While many students who had completed their 18-month training are still waiting for job offers, a surge of interest in new applicants has been recorded which exceeds 2019 by 10%, and has grown by 15% since July. New staff are being recruited to help with the surge in demand, with flight instructors and office workers needed. Managing director Graeme Frater said that applicants have realized the aviation industry is likely to recover and young people are thinking ahead for their futures, or older people are wanting to change career. Frater added: “We have seen a big increase in female applicants too – four years ago maybe it was one or two per cent, and now it is around 20%.
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  • CPaT Global, a provider of distance learning for the airline and aviation industry, has launched its content-focused training software platform, CPaT Invent!
    The company said Invent is a ‘first-of-its-kind’, software platform that addresses inherent challenges in the aviation training industry. Because airlines have highly specialised needs ranging from multiple airframes, unique operating procedures, regulatory differences, and the need for ongoing modifications and tailored training programs, existing distance learning training platforms have limitations that fail to meet the needs of individual training providers—until now. “CPaT Invent is a revolutionary approach to distance learning that will empower airline training professionals like never before,” said Brian Bergeron, CPaT President. “We have reimagined how aviation training is created, adapted to the customer and maintained. Distance learning in aviation training as we know it, will forever be changed.” Invent offers on-demand access to create, modify, and maintain training material.
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  • Diamond Aircraft is currently the leading manufacturer and supplier training aircraft to the Chinese flight training market controlling a 68.5% share!
    Some of their latest orders:
    - Twenty-four Diamond DA40 NG aircrafts are expected to join the training fleet of Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) announced on September 9th
    - Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC) ordered aircraft back in March
    Though the global coronavirus outbreak has wreaked havoc on the aviation industry, Wanfeng Aviation Industry is still able to garner an interim net income of US$ 22 million for H1 2020, 20.05% YoY growth!
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  • Indian DGCA to take part in Boeing’s pilot training plan for new 737 Max
    DGCA will join aviation regulators and pilots from several countries, including the USA, Brazil, Canada and the EU, who have also agreed to review Boeing’s proposal. “We are in discussions with Boeing and other stakeholders. We will participate in the training exercise,” said Arun Kumar, director-general (D-G), DGCA .
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  • New Qantas Simulator Training Center?
    Qantas dipped its toe in the pond a few months ago and approached the NSW government for some assistance/incentive to help pay for a new flight training simulator in Mascot - the plans for which had already been drawn up and approved (the hole had been dug and the concrete slab had been poured). NSW declined the offer and Qantas stopped the project immediately.
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  • FAA opens grant program that could support aviation maintenance, pilot training in Maine
    The Aviation Development Workforce Grants program is aimed at closing a widening workforce gap and provides grants between $25,000 and $500,000 to programs that support recruitment of those who would seek a career in aviation, as well as training. Eligible entities include schools, government programs and unions. The grants are separated into two categories — programs for aviation technicians and those that train pilots, aviation engineers and unmanned air system operators. The grants can also be used to support the professional development of teachers in eligible aviation programs in either category.
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  • Informative podcast by Arabian Aerospace focusing on aviation training!
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  • Airbus displaces Boeing as aerospace’s biggest company!
    FlightGlobal’s latest Top 100, based on 2019/20 financial year figures, before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, show Boeing’s annual sales at $76 billion, down from $101 billion the previous year. Airbus’s turnover rose from $75.1 billion in 2018 to $78.9 billion, allowing the European company to take top spot in the annual ranking for the first time in over a decade.
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  • Singapore Airlines has let go about half of its cadet pilots and cabin crew trainees as it continues to downsize its workforce.
    The rest will have to leave after their training is completed. The Straits Times understands that there are more than 400 staff at various stages of training. A spokesman for the airline said of the decision to allow the rest to continue: "SIA is committed to supporting them through their training programme." "Cadet pilots will be released after they have completed their basic training programme, which includes the overseas segment, due to the current surplus staff numbers." SIA will be open to hiring them should there be a demand for cabin crew or junior pilots when the demand for air travel returns to pre-Covid-19 levels, the airline added.
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  • Saudi Arabia to allow international flights from September 15
    Saudi Arabia has announced a partial lifting of its suspension of international flights from Tuesday to allow "exceptional categories" of citizens and residents to travel, state news agency Spa reported on Sunday. The kingdom will scrap all travel restrictions on air, land and sea transport for citizens on January 1, 2021, an Interior Ministry official told the agency. GCC citizens and non-Saudi residents with valid residency or visitors' visas will be allowed to enter the kingdom, provided they can show proof that they are Covid-19 negative.
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  • UAE approves COVID-19 vaccine for front-line workers!
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