Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 11 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 11 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:

  • Australian Flight training schools on the brink amid border closures, lack of pilot demand!
    "Flight Training Adelaide Chief Executive Pine Pienaar said he had already let 25 per cent of his staff go, and farewelled another 28 people last Monday."
    "CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Melbourne was also facing a massive challenge to see through the pandemic, with staff numbers cut from 165 to 85."
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  • US based Flight School - Blue Line Aviation places order for 100 Diamond aircraft
    Blue Line Aviation, a flight training provider based in North Carolina, signed a firm order for 50 aircraft from Diamond Aircraft Industries, including single engine DA40 NG’s, twin engine DA42-VI’s and a Diamond Simulator, with an option for up to 50 additional aircraft. Blue Line celebrated its eight-year anniversary less than a year ago, when it acquired a new Diamond DA40 NG, and currently holds a fleet of 16 aircraft, including 10 DA40 NGs and two DA42-VIs. Blue Line is in the midst of constructing a new US$16-million, 50,000-square-foot headquarters at Johnston Regional Airport with plans to permanently relocate in 2021. “I’m thankful to everyone that has played a part in making Blue Line what it is today. We couldn’t have done it without the hard work of our staff, students, and friends at Diamond Aircraft,” said Trey Walters, CEO and Founder of Blue Line Aviation. “Currently, we train approximately 40 full time students at a time in our 5 1/2-month career pilot course. We expect to triple that, or more, with the new aircraft and recently announced full student financing.”
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  • VRpilot officially launches VRguide, the 360 degree video player for classroom instruction. VRguide enables up to 25 students to remotely watch the same 360 degree video with an instructor who controls and explains the video.
    Video content is uploaded to a cloud service, from where it is downloaded to the users VR headsets. VRpilot sees 360 degree videos as a strong educational tool – not only in pilot training, but in others areas like maintenance training as well. For customers using VRpilot’s cockpit procedure trainer VRflow, VRguide enables students to watch how procedures are performed before training themselves in VRflow, thus increasing the utilization of the acquired VR hardware. The launch customer for VRguide will be the Royal Danish Air Force, who will use VRguide to give students access to flight maneuver training material. Another VRpilot customer, Center Air Pilot Academy, will use VRguide as a supplement to VRflow to strengthen their APS MCC course.
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  • The US Air Force Wants to Outsource Some of Its Pilot Training to Private Companies
    During a two-day industry event last week hosted by Air Education and Training Command's 19th Air Force, the service outlined its priorities under five request for information, or RFI, solicitations. If all five are enacted, they could collectively produce 200 additional pilots over a five-year period. The idea is to reach out to industry and see how you all might be able to support, provide ideas, and provide information that will help us as we formulate our plans moving forward," Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander.
    - Contract Undergraduate Pilot Training (CUPT), which would partially outsource the service's UPT program to a company capable of providing multi-engine commercial aircraft
    - Contractor Instructor Pilot (CIP)/Contractor Simulator Instructor (CSI), which adds instructors to training pipeline programs to augment the service's instructor pilot force
    - Initial Flight Training (IFT) 2.5, which would increase training hours for pilot candidates prior to more advanced training such as UPT or Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT)
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  • Qantas asks for paid pilot, crew training to replace Governments JobKeeper wage subsidy
    Qantas is pushing the federal government to pay for training for thousands of stood down aviation workers as a replacement lifeline when the JobKeeper wage subsidy finishes at the end of March. About 9000 Qantas employees and 3000 at Virgin are still stood down from work as domestic flying remains at around 50 per cent of pre-COVID levels and international operations are grounded. Virgin and unions have been pushing for an aviation-specific package to replace JobKeeper, dubbed AviationKeeper, given the impact border closures continue to have on the sector. Qantas had proposed government fund both routine and advanced training for about 5000 stood-down pilots, cabin crew, engineers and other workers to keep them connected to the airline and enable overseas flying to resume rapidly when Australia opened its borders.
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  • FNPT II Simulator Manufacturers - FRASCA and ALSIM win a number of orders to start 2021
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  • US Aviation Industry seems to be starting its strong recovery!!
    - Southwest Airlines is close to finalizing a major new order for the B737MAX (rumours are for it to be over 100)
    - Endeavor Air to hire 450 Pilots
    - American Airlines to recall over 1,900 Flight Attendants to flying status, effective May 1st
    With the aim to have a vaccine available for every adult in the US by the end of May - will the US aviation market be the third market after China and India where we will see domestic air travel return to pre-pandemic levels?
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  • US based United has resumed interviews for eligible Aviate candidates!
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  • Boeing monthly aircraft orders outpace cancellations for first time since 2019!
    - Boeing logged orders for 82 new aircraft in February and had 51 cancellations.
    - The manufacturer delivered 22 planes including 18 737 Max jetliners.
    - Boeing’s February sales included 25 Boeing 737 Max planes to United Airlines
    - Singapore Airlines replaced an order for 19 787-10 Dreamliners with one for 11 777X jets
    - Boeing’s backlog now stands at 4,041 planes.
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  • Dubai Airshow 2021 to bring aerospace and defence startups to launch pad Vista!
    Dubai Airshow 2021 has introduce its new dedicated startup event, Vista, which will be the ultimate platform for innovators, creators and market disruptors to display the latest technologies and play a part in accelerating the future of the aerospace and defence industries. The event will be attended by national leaders, CEOs, investors, developers, technology disruptors, operators, and other key experts. Maximillian Buerger, Managing Director of Aviationfly said "Exhibiting at the Dubai Airshow was an easy decision for us — the event will most likely be the largest aviation industry event of 2021 and the meeting point of aviation leaders from around the globe. “Aviationfly is a UAE headquartered startup, which similar to the Dubai Airshow connects different stakeholders in the aviation industry – our focus being the global pilot training ecosystem. The pandemic has significantly affected our industry but we used it as an opportunity to diversify our activities and are excited to be launching a new platform in time for the event in November.”
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  • Large Airline Capacity increase forecast from May
    Scheduled capacity - At the moment April holds has some 309 million seats on sale and May 380 million; looking at previous patterns of capacity cuts then April could end up at around 284 million seats which would be over 131 million more than last April!
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  • Only the Tata Group and private airline Spicejet remain in the fray for buying Air India as all the other bids have been rejected, according to sources close to the development.
    The transaction advisors have been in touch with the interested bidders regarding several queries and the qualified bidders will be intimated only after the government is satisfied with the responses from the bidders. Apart from Tata Sons and Spicejet, Tata Sons and the New York-based Interups Inc backed by strategic NRI investors from the US and Europe are said to be the interested bidders for the national carrier. A group of 209 employees of Air India had also put in a bid. Essar and Pavan Ruia of Dunlop and Falcon Tyres had also put in bids for Air India.
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  • Supersonic aircraft company Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology has forged an expansive collaboration with NetJets, the largest private aviation company in the world, and FlightSafety International, the leader in professional aviation training, — both Berkshire Hathaway companies — to shape the future of global mobility!
    In collaboration with FlightSafety International, the premier professional aviation training company, Aerion will also develop a supersonic flight training academy for civil, commercial, and military supersonic aircraft. The Aerion-branded facility will channel FSI’s comprehensive global training expertise to provide a center of excellence for supersonic flight training and education, shaping the flight crews of the future. Underlining the long-term focus of the partnership, NetJets has also obtained purchase rights for 20 AS2® supersonic business jets, which start production at Aerion Park in Melbourne, Florida in 2023. With significant growth achieved through 2020 and 2021, Aerion’s global order backlog for the AS2 is now valued at more than USD $10 billion.
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  • Aircraft leasing is poised for its biggest shake-up in almost a decade as its top two players, AerCap Holdings and General Electric Co’s GECAS, confirm deal valued at US$30 billion to combine GECAS with AerCap!
    This will create an industry titan with more than 2,000 jets!
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