Aviation News Update – Week 3/Aug

Aviation News Update – Week 3/Aug

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:

  • Aircraft Manufacturer ATR is expanding its partner Flight School network
    New partner flight school in Australia! Congratulations Australian Airline Pilot Academy!
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  • BAA Training is going forward with expansion in Spain
    A global aviation training provider is establishing a 5300-square-meter training center near Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport. Notably, the new facility will become a home to Boeing 737 NG, Airbus A320ceo/neo and a new type for the company – Boeing 737 MAX 8 full flight simulator. The launch of a new training centre in Spain, set for Q1 2021!
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  • New Flight School in Malaysia looking for a Chief Flight Instructor
    Must have 1000hours flying experience on single piston engine as pre requisite! The name of the Flight School is GIAAN Flying Academy - still in the approval process.
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  • Global Pilot Training Group - Airways Aviation and Griffith University Australia will work together to launch international aviation students to new heights with a partnership believed the first of its kind for the Gold Coast.
    The joint arrangement will ensure the development of an academic program for current and future international students within Australia where they receive a Bachelor of Aviation, Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence) and a Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating). Students will receive credit for their diplomas, shortening the length of their Bachelor of Aviation by a third!
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  • Alpha Aviation Academy UAE has launched PPC Validation, License Renewals and Airbus A320 Type-Rating courses
    Approved by the UAE GCAA, the trainings offered include Airbus A320 Type-Rating Recurrent/Revalidation, Airbus A320 Type-Rating Renewal, Initial A320 Type-Rating, Airbus Cross Crew Qualification (CCQ) and Foreign Licence Conversion. The delivery of the trainings comes with the increasing demand for maintaining pilots’ proficiency amid the global pandemic that has impacted the global pilot job market. In response to this, Alpha aims to help pilots stay up-to-date with their training needs.
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  • UK based Pilot Training Group Skyborne goes electric; orders 10 Bye Aerospace eFlyers
    Skyborne Airline Academy has become the first UK pilot training school to place an order for Bye Aerospace’s all-electric aircraft. Producing zero CO2 emissions and using clean, renewable energy; six eFlyer 2 and four eFlyer 4 planes will be added to Skyborne’s ever-growing fleet. Bye Aerospace estimates the eFlyer will eliminate 5 million metric tons of CO2 generated every year during airline pilot training worldwide. The first two-seater eFlyer aircraft are expected to join the Skyborne fleet in autumn 2022, with the four-seater model following in 2023.
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  • Wizz Air introduces Cabin Crew to Captain Pilot Training Program
    Hungarian carrier Wizz Air has launched a Cabin Crew to Captain programme aimed to allow their cabin crew members progress through flight training and swap the cabin for the cockpit.The programme is a first for the industry and will help cabin crew members who want to learn to fly by providing financial help, travel and accommodation support, as well offering a bespoke work and study schedule. Wizz Air says that the training programme will consist of 22 months of ab-initio ground training followed by 18 months of flight training at Trener Flight School in Nyíregyháza Hungary.Source and discussion through this link.
  • US Senate Passes Sen. Coons Bill to give support to ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Students and prepare pilots
    A new bill to help ROTC students at Delaware State University and other HBCU's (Historically Black College or Universities) across the country passed the US Senate last Thursday. The resources will be centered around support for flight training and will be divided into two new programs. The first will give funding to ROTC students who commute long distances for necessary trainings. The second will fund flight training for these students, with top priority given to those who go through flight training at their respective HBCU. Senator Coons hopes the bill will encourage partnerships between the military and HBCU's. ROTC scholarships are unable to be used for flight training, which can affect a student's dream of becoming a pilot. However, with the FLIGHT Act passing through the Senate, low-income students can now accomplish that goal.
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  • UK based Pilot Training Group Skyborne and Flyby Technology Team up to Delivery Drone Pilots for UK Aviation Industry.
    Graduates from Skyborne Airline Academy can now start a new career as a drone pilot, thanks to a unique partnership with Flyby Technology, the leader in UK drone training and operation.Recognizing the short-term challenges that COVID-19 could present to airline placement, newly qualified pilots from Skyborne’s UKCAA/EASA Integrated and Combined Modular ATPL programs will be hand-selected to join Flyby Technology as commercial drone pilots, completing the company’s Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) training course.
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  • Indian Pilot Simulator Training Group FSTC - led consortium promises $100 million initial investment to revive Indian airline Jet Airways
    The consortium of Flight Simulation Technique Centre Pvt Ltd, Big Charter Pvt Ltd, and Imperial Capital Investments LLC, have secured an initial funding of $100 million that will be used to revive Jet Airways."We have secured a funding of $100 million through our partners, to start with," Biraja Jena, chairman of Imperial Capital.Private equity major Xponentia, co-founded by industry veteran Ajay Relan, has also marked an investment of Rs 100 crore, into Jet Airways. Relan sits on the board of Flight Simulation Technique Centre Pvt Ltd (FSTC), which was co-founded by two former pilots - Sanjay Mandavia and DS Basraon. The FSTC-Imperial Capital consortium has proposed to restart Jet Airways with five to 10 aircraft. These will be used to cater to routes between metros in the country.
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  • US Airline Delta accused of Penalizing Pilots requesting Simulator Training after Covid19 Hiatus
    "Some Delta Air Lines pilots have been reporting that the airline has been punishing them for requesting some retraining in company-owned simulators before returning to the air, the financial magazine Forbes reports. However, the airline has denied any wrongdoing.According to aviation site The Air Current, in order to overcome the flying hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, during the next 12 months, multi-fleet carriers like Delta Air Lines may require almost 70% more simulator time than they normally would, even with 20% fewer pilots."
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  • New Electric Training Aircraft Model announced - OXIS Energy and Texas Aircraft Manufacturing to develop Brazil's First Fully Electric Commercial Aircraft for Flight Training
    The British Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) battery technology company, OXIS Energy and Texas Aircraft Manufacturing are developing a sleek and stylish, high-wing, all metal, fully electric aircraft. Based on Texas Aircraft's popular Colt S-LSA, the eColt will have a comfortable two-seat cabin. It will fill a growing demand for ecologically-friendly flight training, as well as regional transportation in Brazil and throughout the world. Initially, OXIS projects that the flight time will be in excess of two hours and an approximate range of 200NM.
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  • New Flight School starting up in the Philippines - Pradera Verde Aviation Philippines orders six new Tecnam Aircraft
    Tecnam is proud to announce that newly set up Pradera Verde Aviation Group of Companies in the Philippines has chosen to equip their fleet with six new Tecnam aircraft — five P2008 JC MkII aircraft and one P2010. Based in Lubao, Pampanga, the Pradera Verde operation is impressively multifunctional and is currently in its third phase of setting up. It consists of an Executive Airpark, a Recreational Sports Flying Club, a Flight Training Academy, an Air Charters operation, Aero Maintenance Services and a Specialized Airline Service.
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  • Malaysia Airlines MAB Academy to provide virtual training for Pilots and Cabin Crew
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  • New Zealand Flight Schools are worried about the potential lack of International Flight Training Students arrivals over the next few months
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  • Morocco reportedly approved a draft decree that would allow for reorganisation of the country's Royal Air School
    Specifically, the decree would permit the Royal Armed Forces to train Royal Air Maroc pilots.
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  • Asiana Airlines flies Empty A380 to Nowhere to Keep its Pilots Certified
    The empty Airbus A380 flew over South Korea for a few hours a day for three days in May to enable pilots of the 495-seat superjumbo to practice taking off and landing. The alternative -- a trip to Thailand to use a simulator owned by Thai Airways International -- was blocked because of travel bans, an Asiana spokesman said.
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  • NetJets plans to add 60 Private Jets and Netjets Europe to reinstate all furloughed Pilots and Cabin Crew
    The operator will restore a portion of its fleet in Europe to reach pre-pandemic flight levels in response to growing customer demand. Those levels will be attained by adding more than 60 aircraft across the fleet worldwide between now and year-end 2021!
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  • Icelandair Sacks All of its Flight Attendants and Replaces Them With Pilots
    Icelandair has fired all of its flight attendants after failing to reach an agreement with the Cabin Crew Association of Iceland (FFI) over a new collective bargaining agreement and will instead replace them with pilots, not all of whom are currently required for flying duties due to the Corona crisis.
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  • Emirates offers Pilot, Cabin Crew four months unpaid leave
    Eligible pilots and cabin crew can take up to four months off between August and November during which they would still receive benefits, such as company-provided accommodation, an internal email seen by Reuters said.
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  • Wizz Air to speed up new jet deliveries from Airbus
    Wizz Air Holdings will speed up the rate of new plane deliveries from Airbus, taking advantage of deferrals from other customers to feed its own expansion. The Hungarian low-cost airline will receive about 30 A321neo jets in 2021, five more than it previously expected, chief executive Jozsef Varadi said in an interview on Wednesday. Talks with Airbus have included commercial arrangements, he said, an indication that the airline may be getting sweetened terms. Wizz has sought to steal a march on rivals by adding back flights as coronavirus lockdowns ease, operating 77 per cent of its usual capacity last week compared with a European average of 40 per cent. For Airbus, the confidence of a customer with more than 200 narrow-body jets on order is a relief.
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  • Four leading airlines have urged the United States and Europe to introduce a coronavirus testing program for passengers to allow the rapid restoration of transatlantic air travel
    United (UAL), American (AAL), British Airways' parent IAG (ICAGY) and Lufthansa (DLAKY), which carried nearly 650 million passengers between them in 2019, have written to governments on both sides of the Atlantic, urging them to find a way to reopen passenger services. The letter, signed by the CEOs of the four companies, was sent on Tuesday to US Vice President Mike Pence, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, all EU member states and the United Kingdom.
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  • Vietnamese Airline Bamboo Airways is expanding their aircraft fleet to include Embraer E195s leased from Great Dane Airlines!
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  • Cebu Pacific Sends 9 Aircraft To Australian Desert For Indefinite Storage!
    After being grounded nearly four months ago in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the aircraft have been moved to cut costs resulting from high airport parking fees.Cebu Pacific sent seven Airbus 321-211 and two A330-343 airplanes to Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (APAS) for indefinite storage.
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  • Indian Airlines IndiGo & SpiceJet to wet-lease widebody aircraft to launch long-haul overseas flights
    As India resumes air travel with various nations, IndiGo and SpiceJet, in a first, are leasing long-haul planes on a wet lease to launch flights to the UK and Europe. While SpiceJet has already leased one Airbus 330 aircraft from Oman Air to launch flights to London from July 27, IndiGo is in discussions to lease three Airbus 330s for such flights. IndiGo, according to sources, has not yet finalised on destinations but may look at flying to London and Paris both.Making Indian airlines fly long-haul international has been a consistent endeavour of the aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who has always maintained that Indian airlines should fly directly to these destinations and take away traffic from international carriers that fly passengers through various hubs.
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  • World first Airbus A380 'mega-freighter' revealed
    Hi Fly has created extra cargo capacity by temporarily removing economy seats of some of its aircraft, including the iconic A380 “Save the Coral Reefs”, to meet the high demand during Covid-19 crisis. The Hi Fly Airbus A380-800 is now able to offer more than 300m3 of volume capacity and close to 60 tons of cargo.
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