Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 10 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 10 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:

  • Oliver Wyman - CNN Opinion - 'A shortage of pilots could keep the airlines from making a real comeback'
    As of February, global airlines were only flying at about 47% of pre-Covid capacity, based on analysis of data from OAG and the International Air Transport Association. But by 2025, after global demand in domestic and international travel expands beyond 2019 levels, Oliver Wyman expect a worldwide shortfall of at least 34,000 commercial pilots — almost 10% of the total workforce. That gap, which will begin to be felt as early as next year, is based on a modest recovery scenario. If we were to see a more rapid recovery, that shortage could reach 50,000.
    Source
  • CAE to Buy L3Harris’s Military-Training Business
    Deal values the division, which specializes in pilot training and flight simulators for the military, at $1.05 billion!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • ATP Flight School Doubles Capacity at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport!
    To meet the needs of an industry primed for exponential growth, ATP Flight School has increased airline pilot training operations in Jacksonville, FL, with a newly opened 3,000 sq. ft. expansion at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport. Headquartered in Jacksonville Beach, ATP is the nation's largest flight school, specializing in accelerated airline-oriented pilot training. The Jacksonville Executive training center is one of the busiest in ATP's nationwide network of 50-plus locations, with students at Jacksonville flying over 10,000 hours in 2020. The expansion doubles ATP's operational footprint at the airport and comes ahead of unprecedented demand for airline pilots. Mandatory airline pilot retirements combined with COVID-related early retirements are expected to outpace the current capabilities of the training industry. The delivery of 25 factory-new Piper Archers will complement the training center expansion and build ATP's training capabilities throughout 2021.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • First ALSIM ALSR20 Simulator in Germany
    ALSIM is thrilled to announce the sale of an ALSR20 to IFR-Flugschule, based in Germany. Their ongoing cooperation with a Cirrus Training Center has led the ATO to choose the brand new ALSIM’s simulator. The ALSR20 is the latest device manufactured by ALSIM and is the exact replica of the Cirrus SR20 aircraft. This Flight Training Procedure Trainer (FNTP 2) is specifically designed for PPL and IR training needs. “The key reasons for this choice of the ALSIM’s ALSR20 were our location at GA airport, No.1 in Europe, with many premium prospects and growth opportunities, as well as our partnership with Cirrus.” told Roland Otto, Managing Partner at IFR. “We would like to thank IFR-Flugschule for their confidence. With this new device, their students will benefit from a state-of-the art simulator which represents an exact replica of the Cirrus SR20. We look forward to installing the simulator in the Frankfurt region.” adds Nicolas de Lassus, ALSIM Sales Account Manager.
    Check out ALSIM's profile for more information.
  • Simulator Manufacturer FRASCA expands manufacturing capacity with Level D FFS contract win and capability to potentially manufacturer FFS for larger aircraft types in the future!
    Frasca will be expanding its manufacturing facility in response to strong flight simulator sales including a contract for a Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for an undisclosed helicopter operator. The addition will expand the factory's number of FFS pads to five while also increasing FRASCA's capacity for building full flight simulators for larger aircraft as demand for these devices increases.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Call for New Zealand Government to approve up to 500 cadet pilot visas to save pilot training industry - Aviation NZ
    “New Zealand’s globally competitive pilot training industry is being brought to its knees as government continues to keep the border closed to high value pilot cadets,” Aviation NZ CEO John Nicholson said. With the borders closed trainers were running out of students. In 2020 270 cadets left New Zealand as fully trained pilots and another 50 had left so far in 2021, he said.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Florida based Epic Flight Academy Takes Delivery of Three New Cessnas!
    Epic Flight Academy recently took delivery of three brand new Cessna 172 Skyhawks from the Cessna factory in Independence, KS. These new aircraft serve to expand the Epic fleet yet again to ensure flight students have ample access to new equipment. “We find it’s a good investment to always purchase brand new aircraft,” said CEO Danny Perna. “The Cessna Skyhawk is the safest single-engine aircraft manufactured, and we have always used them. The G1000 Next Generation avionics prepare our students for the sophisticated cockpits of the commercial airlines.” Epic’s fleet includes five flight simulators and various aircraft, such as the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Piper PA-44 Seminole, and Beechcraft King Air B200.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Australia's Tamworth CAE flight-training school says there are 200 Chinese pilot students lined up overseas when international borders reopen!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Gulf Aviation Academy partners with Kuwait's Jazeera Airways for cadet program
    Source
  • US Pilot Training Group - AeroGuard Flight Training Center receive the FAA Diamond Award of Excellence for the third consecutive year for its aircraft maintenance!
    AeroGuard Flight Training Center is one of the leading flight schools in the country, training hundreds of students every year from all over the world for careers as professional aviators. Their maintenance teams work solely on their own aircraft, maintaining a fleet of over 70 aircraft. The Award recognizes these aircraft maintenance organizations that are committed to ongoing improvement and consistently going above and beyond the FAA regulatory standards. The Diamond Award is reserved for organizations in which 100% of all mechanics, repairmen and technicians earned an AMT Certificate of Training in 2020. This means that all 40+ AeroGuard maintenance employees completed a minimum of 12 hours of additional training in subject areas like aircraft systems, workplace safety and regulatory compliance.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Spatial, a global manufacturing leader in aviation training equipment, has announced its relocation to a bigger facility in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates!
    The newly acquired 12,775 m2 land is 73% larger than its previous location, in which the company is set to increase its production capacity by more than 50% and to serve its global customer base, including blue-chip airlines such as Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Qantas and British Airways. The new facility will be fully operational by the end of Q1 2021. “We take pride in servicing global aviation leaders from our base in Ras Al Khaimah; specifically, in RAKEZ. The transport of our goods in and out of the facility has been made quick, easy and cost-effective; and the accommodating team at RAKEZ made our expansion decision an easier one,” said Marc Van den Broucque, Managing Director. “With this new expansion, we are well placed to satisfy the increase in demand for our products, which has persisted through the pandemic, as well as to cater for future expansion. We are optimistic to what the future holds for Spatial, and we are certain, we are on track to hold a larger market share within the aviation training industry.”
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • US based Delta Air Lines To Return All Pilots To Active Status By October
    Delta Air Lines said it plans to return all pilots to active status by October, signaling a faster-than-expected timeline for demand recovery. Atlanta-based Delta managed to avoid pilot furloughs in 2020, thanks to an agreement that tabled job cuts through January 2022 in exchange for a 5% reduction.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Indian Airlines are hiring again - IndiGo, Vistara, GoAir,...
    Some of the airlines like Vistara, IndiGo, GoAir have resumed hiring as they are planning to expand fleet and network curtailed during the first few months of the pandemic.
    - Full-service carrier Vistara has hired more than 50 operational staff incrementally over the last few months as it has added five aircraft to its fleet
    - IndiGo has given offer letters to 32 ATR Pilots and focussing on bringin back ex-employees wherever feasible (IndiGo reduced its workforce by 10% last year - the reductions did not include pilots)
    -GoAir is ramping up operations and has invited applications for type-rated pilots
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • US Airline - United orders 25 new B737MAX
    United Airlines disclosed Monday one of its largest orders for the Boeing 737 Max jet since the aircraft was grounded in March 2019, agreeing to buy an additional 25 planes. The airline also accelerated the delivery timetable for 45 other 737 Max jets it had previously ordered. United said the decision was based on its belief that the recovery in air travel will be firmly in place by next year. The carrier also disclosed that it had moved up deliveries of 40 planes to 2022, plus five more that it will have delivered in 2023. United now has more than 180 737 Max jets ordered for delivery from this year forward.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Saudia plans to order 70 Airbus, Boeing jets - according to a source of KSA News outlet Maaal!
    Saudia is in talks with local banks to raise $3.07 billion to partly finance an order for Airbus A321 narrow-bodied jets and Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner wide-bodies, Maaal said.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Volotea expands with 15 to 19 additional A320s, transitioning to a full Airbus fleet!
    Volotea evolves into a single fleet operator, in a move favouring the European manufacturer Airbus, through the early retirement of its fourteen Boeing 717 aircraft and their replacement by 15 to 19 Airbus A320s.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Cebu Pacific expects delivery of 8 aircraft this year!
    - Cebu Pacific had 10 deliveries in 2019 and 3 in 2020
    - The budget carrier said that it was expected to take delivery of 27 Airbus A321NEO and one more Airbus A320NEO between 2020 and 2026.
    - It also has “newly-confirmed orders” of 16 A330NEO, five A320NEO, and 10 A321XLR aircraft.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • India's Jet Airways new owner - Jalan - to operate airline and build airport in Uzbekistan
    UAE-based Indian businessman Murari Lal Jalan, who is part of a two-member consortium chosen to revive Jet Airways (India) Ltd by its creditors, is in an advanced stage of talks with the Uzbekistan government to start a full-service airline and also build a new airport in the central Asian country. Jalan plans to launch the airline in the June quarter in collaboration with the Uzbekistan government. The airline will have more than 25 planes comprising Boeing 737Max, Airbus330 and Boeing 787-Dreamliner aircraft, and it will primarily cater to CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and European Union.
    Source and discussion through this link.

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