Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 1 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 1 of 2021

Every Monday Aviationfly releases the latest Aviation Industry news headlines, Marketplace Request for Proposals and Supplier Directory updates from the previous week. Here is a recap of last week (we are temporarily not publishing Marketplace or Supplier Directory updates):

Aviation Industry News:

  • Aviationfly shares its monthly company update for December
  • Two of the large Flight Schools in Australia go into administration and liquidation (total training aircraft fleet size between the two is around 90 aircraft)!
    - China Southern West Australian Flying College: A training college for China Southern Airlines pilots operating from Perth's Jandakot Airport has gone into voluntary liquidation. "The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting closure of borders was a contributing factor to the ongoing viability of the business," liquidator Grant Thornton Australia said in a statement. The liquidator is now looking to sell the company's 37 aircraft and Merredin Airport, 260 kilometres east of Perth. The airline then spent more than $1 million upgrading the airstrip for use as part of the training college. The college used to graduate 120 pilots each year who return to China Southern Airlines as First Officers.
    - Soar Aviation which operates a fleet of more than 50 light sport aircraft has been placed in administration
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  • BAA Training Vietnam and Vietravel Airlines Sign a Long-Term Partnership Agreement!
    BAA Training has committed to the startup airline Vietravel, controlled by Vietnam’s leading tour operator Vietravel, to provide wet and dry Airbus A320 full-flight simulator lease services. The first students occupy the Airbus A320 full-flight simulator (FFS) from November 2020. Additionally, Vietravel has expressed interest in the firefighting training which can also be arranged by BAA Training Vietnam. Based at Phu Bai International Airport, Vietravel is getting ready to penetrate a fiercely competitive aviation market. Despite the country’s restrictions, the carrier will make its first commercial flight in mid-January 2021, well before the previously set date for 2021. The newcomer plans to order a fleet of three to four aircraft in the first year and add another one or two by the end of next year. BAA Training Vietnam has been responding to the need for wet and dry lease services of such airlines as Bamboo Airways, VietJet, and others. The academy has also prepared over 30 independent pilots for Airbus A320 aircraft type, coming from Japan, South Korea, Australia, and other countries.
  • Italian Training Aircraft manufacturer, Blackshape, looking to ramp up its Gabriel model production despite training doldrums!
    Italian aircraft developer sets itself ‘challenging target’ for output of its flagship programme in 2021, with high hopes for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance and US recreational markets! Blackshape develops and produces high performance two seater carbon fiber aircraft, for leisure aviation and military training!
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  • Tayside Aviation Academy takes flight with signing of historic £700 million deal!
    The Aviation Academy of Scotland (AAS) will see Perth College team up with Tayside Aviation to provide an additional 540 training places in roles including pilots and air traffic controllers.
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  • Jet Linx Hires First Cadets From Innovative Pilot Recruitment & Training Program In Conjunction With Southwest Airlines & CAE!
    Jet Linx, the country's leading private jet management and jet card membership company, today announced it has welcomed the first cadet out of the groundbreaking Destination 225° career pathway program for pilots. Created in partnership with Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest domestic carrier, and CAE, a global leader in pilot training for civil aviation, Destination 225° is the first and only program that provides a defined career path for pilots from initial training through retirement. Launched in August 2019, Destination 225° provides motivated and capable candidates with a career path that seamlessly bridges all three segments of the industry, from initial training, to private aviation (Part 135) and to commercial airlines (Part 121). Functioning as a pipeline between Southwest Airlines and multiple flight partners, the program offers several career paths for candidates, including the Cadet Pathway for individuals with little to no experience, University Pathway for college students, Military Pathway for men and women exiting service and Employee Pathway for current Southwest employees.
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  • Piper is turning out new, less-expensive training aircraft from its Vero Beach headquarters!
    The Pilot 100 has been granted type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. Vero Beach-based Piper calls the Pilot 100 the value-priced addition to its trainer-class line. Equipped with digital autopilot, the Pilot 100 is priced under $300,000, at least $100,000 less that its best-selling Archer trainer. The Pilot 100 seats three instead of four, has one less window and no baggage door and a less-expensive array of Garmin avionics. Following certification, Piper began deliveries to its launch customer, American Flyers, which is to take delivery of eight Pilot 100i aircraft by the end of this year. Piper’s production lines were slowed in the first quarter of this year as it implemented additional safety measures to protect employees from the pandemic. Piper currently has 940 employees. It built only 25 aircraft in the first quarter this year, fewer than half the 28 it built in the first quarter of 2019, but then built 133 aircraft in the second and third quarters, compared with 124 in the same period last year. Piper expects overall production for 2020 to be down about 15%!
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  • CAE expands into crew management and optimization software with Merlot acquisition!
    CAE announced today the acquisition of Merlot Aero Limited (Merlot), a leading civil aviation crew management and optimization software company for US$25 million, plus additional consideration of up to US$10 million in the form of an earn-out. The acquisition marks CAE's expansion into digital flight crew management and represents an important milestone in the Company's goal to unify the digital flight operations ecosystem. The acquisition of Merlot's industry-leading crew optimization software allows CAE to provide an end-to-end offering of digitally-enabled crew performance software and expertise that extends from training through optimized crew operations and is unrivaled in the industry.
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  • Airbus to be world's largest plane maker for second year!
    Airbus is set to beat Boeing to be the world’s largest jetmaker for the second year in a row, ending 2020 by resuming deliveries of its A380 superjumbo to Emirates, though its final deliveries are likely to have dropped 35% from 2019 due to the pandemic. Barring widespread new travel upheaval, industry sources expect Airbus to deliver 550-560 planes in 2020 after it reached more than 520 this week, with nine days of the year still to go. Airbus has an insurmountable lead over Boeing, which delivered 118 planes up to the end of November!
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  • Alaska Airlines has ordered another 23 Boeing 737 MAXs, bringing its total order to 68 MAXs!
    The 737 MAXs will replace most of the Airbus aircraft in Alaska's fleet! Alaska will have 52 options which, if fully exercised, would take the carrier to as many as 120 737 MAX aircraft.
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  • IndiGo Recovering From Aviation ‘Carnage’ and May Rehire!
    IndiGo, India’s biggest airline, could start slowly rehiring staff in three months as capacity rebuilds from “the background of carnage” caused by Covid-19, with domestic services likely to return to pre-pandemic levels by January or February, Chief Executive Officer Ronojoy Dutta said. “Doom and gloom is off the table and we are recovering pretty nicely, especially domestically,” Dutta said in an interview with Bloomberg Television! The recovery in international capacity will take longer due to quarantines and virus flareups in places such as the U.K., but the airline is hoping it will be back to normal levels by the end of 2021, according to Dutta.
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  • Great overview of possible changes in the Indian Aviation Industry in 2021!
    - Privatization of Air India
    - Industry recovery
    - Tata Group airlines
    - Airport expansion and privatization
    - Boeing B737MAX reactivation
    - Jet Airways
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  • 21 Things To Expect From Commercial Aviation In 2021!
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  • Tata grabs bigger slice of AirAsia and India's airline industry!
    Last Tuesday the company announced it would increase its holdings in the Indian-based joint venture with AirAsia from 51% to 84%. Tata Group is paying AirAsia around $38m (£28m) for the increased stake in the AirAsia India joint venture which began in 2014. Last week Tata also put in a bid for the country's struggling national carrier Air India. Aviation experts believe this acquisition could give Tata a stronger position in the sector, and help secure Air India, which has been put up for sale by the Indian government. Tata also operates the Vistara airline in partnership with Singapore Airlines.
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  • Ryanair chief says 'seismic change' from COVID-19 is 'growth opportunity'
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  • Russia Developing "Highly Efficient Antidote" To Fight COVID, Preclinical Tests Show 99% Effectiveness!
    Russia is now claiming it has successfully developed the world's first "antidote" to COVID-19. Russia's Federal Medical and Biological Agency (FMBA) announced this week that an experimental drug to combat the virus is the world's first direct-acting antiviral antidote! FMBA head Veronika Skvortsova has claimed that the experimental antidote is more than 99% effective. "This is the first etiotropic drug that directly affects the virus. In fact, this is an antidote for coronavirus infection," she told Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Wednesday, adding that researchers have concluded preclinical studies that already shown the remedy is "completely safe" and "highly efficient." Skvortsova told Mishustin that the FMBA is applying for approval to conduct additional testing in the near term. "If clinical trials confirm the effectiveness of this drug, it will be the first safe, effective, direct-acting antiviral drug that has no analogs in the world," she explained.
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