Aviation News Update – Week 5th of October

Aviation News Update – Week 5th of October

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 (we are temporarily not publishing Marketplace or Supplier Directory or Marketplace as we are updating the system):

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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  • Aviationfly publishes Company September Update
  • First pictures of the unique Frasca Cessna 172 Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) at Epic Flight Academy!
    Epic Flight Academy is the first flight school in the world to have a Cessna 172 FTD with this high level of motion system. They are leading the way in flight training by providing this very high-fidelity device for their students,” stated John Frasca, President of Frasca International, Inc. “We are thrilled to add this sim to our flight training facility,” said CEO Danny Perna. “Although we regularly add new planes to our fleet, we also augment flight training with simulators so students can safely experience every type of weather condition and emergency situation. We worked closely with Frasca to develop this simulator. The motions system is based on advanced technology originally designed for use in higher level Flight Training Devices (FTDs) and Full Flight Simulators (FTDs).” Frasca technicians are on site this week finalizing installation. Epic’s fleet already includes four simulators. These support Epic’s 190 students who enjoy training in Florida’s good weather but also need to train in poor conditions. The new AATD will provide enhanced training.
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  • New CEO Appointed to Lead Pilot Training Center - BAA Training China!
    Vytautas Ledakas is the newly appointed CEO of BAA Training China — a modern aviation training center to be equipped with six full flight simulators (FFS) and part of a Joint Venture (JV) established in 2019 by Avia Solutions Group PLC (ASG). The brand new training center is designed to provide a training capacity of 40,000 flight hours per year and train approximately 4,000 pilots. After the initial impact of the pandemic, the situation in China‘s aviation industry is becoming more and more optimistic as domestic markets in the region are gradually returning to full capacity, this coupled together with an increase in the number of aircraft deliveries. These signs reflect that the need for pilot training will remain strong for upcoming years.
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  • Spanish Flight School FlyBy Launches Second Training Base Amid Surging Revenue And Cadet Growth!
    Leading European flight school FlyBy has formally opened its second pilot training base in Northern Spain to help cater for a significant upsurge in new cadets – including 30y new students who have joined having been released by a British flight school in Portugal midway through their course. The two-runway (1.4km and 500m) flight training base acquired by FlyBy is located in Soria, approximately one hour from FlyBy’s main headquarters at Burgos Airport, and initially will exclusively accommodate the thirty new students. The students had completed ground school at the British flight school in Portugal but were released in May this year. Five years ago, the school was facing bankruptcy with just ten cadets and nine staff; today, the school accommodates 220 cadets and 55 staff from 55 countries around the world, including from as far afield as Tanzania and Brunei. A further batch of 26 students are set to join the school in November.
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  • Pilot Flight Academy (PFA) from Norway is opening a new training site in Denton, Texas, in partnership with US Aviation Academy.
    The operation in Denton will be a fully integrated part of its EASA approval from the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authorities and the Norwegian Lånekassen for student funding. All ground school teaching and theoretical exams will be conducted in Norway and must be completed before the students can start flight training in Denton.
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  • Etihad Aviation Training launches new Boeing 787 MPL (Multi-Crew Pilot License) pilot training programme!
    Cadets who complete MPL training on the Phenom 100 jet can now transition directly to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. To achieve the highest proficiency standards, this programme allows EAT trainees to become fully qualified Boeing 787 Dreamliner pilots within 18 months, through an intensive curriculum.
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  • Covid-19 put the brakes on international flights, so these New Zealand pilots started a flight school!
    Mike Harvey usually flies Boeing 777s around the world with 350 passengers – now he’s in the skies above New Plymouth with one passenger at a time. When Harvey’s work with Air New Zealand was cut right back due to Covid-19 border restrictions he decided to set up an aero club called Flight Tech – Pilot Training, something he never imagined he’d do. Both Harvey and Lowe trained at the old New Plymouth Aero Club, which closed seven years ago due to finances and lack of students. The pair decided to get the ball rolling again in their spare time, as they wanted to carry on New Plymouth’s “proud aviation history”.
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  • Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) Philippines expand their aircraft training fleet with the latest addition being a brand-new Tecnam P2006T multi-engine aircraft!
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  • Australian Aviation Industry calls for Government Support for General Aviation companies that provide essential services to the airlines (including simulator training)
    A united group of aviation companies has written to the Federal Government calling for financial support for general aviation companies that provide essential services to the airlines. Signed by 13 airlines, 34 operators and five supporting organisations, the open letter was delivered to ministers and backbenchers today. The letter points out that most GA companies like flight training organisations (FTO), maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) shops and simulator centres deliver essential services to the airlines that have received government assistance, but nothing has been forthcoming for support organisations that are struggling to survive the COVID-19 era.
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  • Etihad Aviation Training is expanding its facility and will soon see the arrival of a new Airbus A320 fixed-based device (simulator)!
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  • Flight Training Organisations in Australia's Melbourne are reporting incomes as low as 3% of pre-COVID levels, which is placing the future viability of many at risk.
    Most of them are on the Jobkeeper scheme, but that money goes to employees and can't be used to repay loans or airport rents. Industry attempts to engage the state government on the matter have met with little success. Rich-Phillips, a member of the Victorian upper house, was Minister responsible for the Aviation Industry 2010-14 under the previous Coalition government. During that time, the government provided funding for aviation training in the state and Rich-Phillips wants to see that restored. With Victoria accounting for 24% of all commercial pilots trained in 2019, there is a fear that the loss of capability caused by a permanent collapse of training in Melbourne will impact Australia's ability to react to a projected shortage of airline pilots.
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  • Ryanair said to be considering an order of 150 to 200 Boeing B737MAX this year!!
    The airline currently has 135 on order already with none delivered yet but is said to be considering to place another order for B737MAX 10 Aircraft which would also allow it to get quick deliveries of a large number of whitetail aircraft with Boeing.
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  • Lion Air’s Founders Planning to Launch New Airline in Indonesia
    The new carrier could give the founders a fresh start! Closely held Lion has better leverage ratios than its Southeast Asian rivals and many 737 Max orders that can prove valuable once the pandemic subsides, he added. “There may be a method to the madness.”
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  • Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways Planning To Add More Embraer RJs!
    Privately-owned full-service Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways, which has just put into operation its first two Embraer E-195s, plans to add more because it wants to develop new destinations. “We are getting additional E-195s for our fleet, taking into consideration market demand,” the airline’s spokesperson, Le Thi Hoai Thu, tells Smart Aviation APAC, without saying whether these will be purchased or leased. Bamboo Airways’ first two E195s are on wet-lease from Danish charter operator Great Dane Airlines. Le declines to disclose details on arrangements for additional E195s.
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  • Could Mexico's Interjet Be Nearing A New Airbus Order?
    A couple of days ago, Interjet’s new management had a meeting with its pilots. During the gathering, Carlos del Valle, new executive director of the Mexican low-cost airline, promised several things, like a new Airbus fleet before the year ends!
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  • "Cathay Pacific Airways flight took off on Thursday with staff who have volunteered to take a rapid Covid-19 test in a closely watched move that could speed up the launch of travel bubbles and demonstrate that borders need not be closed.
    Hong Kong health officials will evaluate the testing technology provided by Hong Kong-based Prenetics as a wider global effort gets under way to prove that 15-minute screenings for the coronavirus are reliable and affordable, with common digital health passes eliminating the need for quarantine on arrival."
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