Aviation News Update – Week 21st of September

Aviation News Update – Week 21st 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:

  • Aviationfly is expanding its global coverage of Pilot Training Organizations
    We are updating our website and database and want to support the pilot training community by providing more visibility to pilot training organization around the globe (free of charge)! If you are a Pilot Training Organization or know someone working in a pilot training organization that would be interested in more visibility kindly reach out to us! We will then get in touch with you and create your profile to drive more visibility to our organization and social media platforms.
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  • BAA Training Vietnam Turns One - the first and only independent aviation training provider in the country which celebrated its extraordinary first anniversary!
    The company has been trusted with preparation of pilots for such market leaders as Bamboo Airways or VietJet. In 2019, BAA Training Vietnam issued 76 Airbus A320 type rating licences for pilots from Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and other countries. To boost training capacity and ensure the availability of necessary training equipment, in the first year of operations the company acquired and assembled two Airbus A320 full flight simulators (FFS), A320 Integrated Procedures Trainer (IPT) and Flame V9000 Commander Fire Fighting Trainer. To make it easier for foreigners to access training at BAA Training Vietnam, the company had approved A320 FFS in Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia. Before the global coronavirus hit, the training centre had its flight simulation training devices loaded up to 90%.
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  • American Airlines begins scheduling Boeing 737 MAX pilot training!
    American Airlines said on Monday it is starting to schedule Boeing Co 737 MAX training for its pilots in November, a sign that it believes a return to service of the grounded jet could be near. “We have initiated the pilot training scheduling process, which can be canceled if the MAX is not recertified,” he said, adding that the company remains in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing. Though no final training program has been approved, American told its pilots to plan for sessions that will begin in November. “With the planned return to service for our B737 MAX aircraft in the near future, we will begin conducting B737 MAX Special Training for our B737 pilots,” Ameya Kingaonkar, director of flight training planning and scheduling, said in a memo on Monday. The training will consist of a distance learning training module that will last around 1 hour 40 minutes, as well as a simulator session entailing a 1-hour brief and a 2-hour simulator event. American plans to release the distance learning module by Oct and train about 1,700 pilots in November. It expects to complete all of the training by the end of January 2021.
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  • Grounded airline pilots go back to school in Cork, Ireland!
    As the airline industry around the world grapples with the biggest crisis it has ever faced, a new degree course offered by CIT in Cork aims to give trainee pilots a raft of business skills while they train to get their wings. The 120 commercial pilots - 80% of them will go on to fly with Ryanair - will be enrolled in CIT’s arts program in International Business, the first of its kind in Europe!
    If you are interested to learn more about such programs or your organization is looking to offer such a program please send us a message.
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  • New Zealand Flight School's are in a tricky position with no certainty on when borders will open for international arrivals!
    Mainland Aviation College chief executive Philip Kean said he had a queue of up to 50 students who could come to New Zealand if they were allowed. "I’ve written to MPs, explaining these students are happy to pay for their own quarantine," Mr Kean said. A big hole could be left in New Zealand’s flight training capability if policies were not adjusted. Study Dunedin Advisory Group chairwoman Linda Miller hopes international students and pupils would be a priority for entering the country once the border reopened. The Government has allocated $20million to support schools and $10million for private training establishments but the industry remains nervous.
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  • The first “Made in China” A320neo Full Flight Simulator (FFS) developed and manufactured by ACCEL Flight Simulation (ACCEL) passed the highest level D certification by Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)!
    ACCEL has successfully certified and delivered 737 NG and A320ceo level D FFSs to its customers and has established itself in the world as the only China indigenous Training Device Manufacturer (TDM) that has designed, certified, and delivered level D FFSs for both Boeing and Airbus mainstream aircraft platforms. ACCEL’s first A320ceo FFS passed CAAC level D certification in November 2019 and was officially delivered to Tianjin Aviation Safety Training (Tianjin AST) for training in December 2019. After the delivery of the FFS, the ACCEL team started the FFS upgrade while ensuring the normal training operation of Tianjin AST. In the face of COVID-19, ACCEL actively responded to the call of the national government and the local government and timely deployed ACCEL. ACCEL is in the process of integrating 737 MAX FFS and plans to certify this platform soon.
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  • UAE based independent Simulator Training Center Pier Seven Aviation building out its infrastructure in preparation for a new Full Flight Simulator!
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  • Nigeran Aviation Training Group NCAT looking to expand!
    Capt. AbdulSalam Mohammed, the Rector of the college, said the college introduced a new courses in the flying school the Airline Transport Pilot Licence. He added that the college also introduced Multi Crew Coordination Course (MCC) for pilots and Jet Orientation for pilots. “These two courses were aimed at preparing the newly graduated pilots from flying school to prepare them for work in the commercial airline industries,’’ he said. Mohammed said the college embarked on re-fleeting of its training aircrafts to upgrade the equipment, so that the training aircrafts would be fleeted with modern electronic flight instrument systems which came in a modern aircraft. He added that the college had purchased seven Diamond Aircrafts out of the 20 aircrafts which it planned to buy, stressing that the re-fleeting would enable the college train more pilots.
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  • ALSIM, the global flight simulator manufacturer headquartered in France, has opened a brand-new production site next to its historical factory, in Le Loroux-Bottereau, Nantes.
    To respond to growing demand of the market, the 26-year-experienced flight simulator manufacturer, has decided to expand its production capacities. Fully equipped with modern installation and in the aeronautical style, the building allows ALSIM to produce up to 10 simulators at the same time.
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  • International Pilot Center Alliance (IPCA) has launched its new training system!
    According to Kay Vereeken, founder of IPCA and owner of EuroPilot Center and SoCalPilot Center, the app- and eBook-based materials fill key gaps in pilot development. The team he leads has created a FAA- and EASA-compliant theory training program. The training system appeals to the need for engaging the pilot in the best ways that they learn, by combining the textual theory lessons with a video companion app for smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android).
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  • Flight Schools around the world are producing virtual campus tour video's
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  • The International Pilot Center Alliance (IPCA), in charge of two Pilot Training Centers: EuroPilot Center's (Antwerp) and SoCal Pilot Center's (California) management, has invested in a structural expansion of the premises at the Antwerp Airport!
    "The expansion of our training facilities is the answer to the strong growth of EuroPilot Center over the past 3 years. More space was required to provide our Personal Training, In Style" Says Leen Vandendriessche, Accountable Manager at EPC.
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  • Indian Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday said that 13 Flying Training Organisations (FTOs) have been approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to provide pilot training for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or drones!
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  • China is expected to remain the biggest single-country market of Airbus in 2020, as the European planemaker said it plans to deliver about 100 aircraft to China this year!
    Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Airbus delivered only 14 aircraft to China in the first half of this year, according to George Xu, CEO of Airbus China. The company's original plan included delivery of some 160 planes to the country in 2020. China has taken the lead in emerging from the impact of the pandemic, with its civil aviation industry witnessing a gradual and accelerated recovery. Statistics from Airbus show that at the end of August, the number of domestic passengers and flights recovered to about 80 percent and 90 percent respectively compared to the same period last year. China has been a major market of Airbus, accounting for more than 20 percent of the company's total aircraft delivery!
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  • Vistara CEO Leslie Thng says no layoffs; salary cuts to be reviewed in January 2021
    Vistara, which has implemented various cost-saving measures amid the coronavirus pandemic, will review salary cuts in January but has not laid off any of its nearly 4,000 employees, according to the airline's chief! Vistara sees ‘steady return in demand’; to increase daily flights to 100 by month-end!
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  • Record number of Chinese travellers planning domestic trips tempted by cheap airline fares, overseas curbs!
    The total number of domestic flight trips made between October 1 and 8 will reach more than 15 million, a 10 per cent jump from last year. Airfares remain 10 per cent lower than that in 2019, helping to stimulate travel demand. China’s domestic air traffic volume is expected to reach a record high during the upcoming “golden week” holiday!
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  • Boeing 737 Max is likely just weeks away from being cleared to fly again. Here are the few steps remaining before the FAA lifts its 2019 grounding order!
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  • Covid19 Airport Testing Update - Inventors of self-service spit test have signed a deal with airport security giant to pilot tech on the European continent, predict it will be a ‘de facto solution for air travel'!
    The SpectraLIT test, which eliminates the need for swabbing and lab processing, works on a self-service basis, with passengers simply asked to gargle with 10 milliliters of a special mouthwash, and then spit into a tube.
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