Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 12th of October

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 12th 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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  • Global Pilot Training Group BAA Training places order for 8 new Fixed base Simulators (FTDs)!
    BAA Training ordered eight new flight training devices (FTDs) to further support their expansion program. These will be installed at BAA Training’s locations across Europe and Asia from 2021! The agreement builds on the purchase of full flight simulators (FFS) announced in March 2020. The eight FTDs are for a combination of A320, 737 MAX and 737 NG aircraft. All devices will be certified to European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Level 2 and provide a realistic training environment incorporating an enclosed cockpit, visual system and aircraft specific controls. The devices will support BAA Training with upcoming EASA regulatory changes, which allow for a better mix of training time to be recognized across the device suite.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Pilot Training Group Patria with bases in Finland and Spain signs 5 year Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) training agreement with Qatar Airways!
    In addition to the pilot training cadets of the program will receive Bachelor degrees!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Scotland’s largest commercial flight training school, based in Perth, is determined not to let coronavirus impede its upward trajectory!
    ACS Aviation was impacted by the UK lockdown earlier this year, but its facilities at Perth Airport were all back to full capacity in the middle of August with Covid-19 secure procedures in place to keep staff and customers safe. ACS Aviation has invested more than £1.5 million in equipment and staff at Perth Airport since 2017. Most of the money has gone on flight training, including two Diamond DA42 Twin Stars aircraft and a ALSIM AL42 flight simulator. The flight training school now has 20 aircraft and 25 employees, in roles including flight instructors, operations staff and customer service. The school has invested in the latest aircraft and flight simulators to make it the only facility of its type in Scotland. In a typical year, ACS Aviation will train more than 100 commercial and private pilots from the UK and as far away as Africa and the Middle East. Graeme said the Coronavirus outbreak has not hit demand for pilot training. “We have seen a 15% increase in inquiries from aspiring pilots since July 2020.”
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Finnair Flight Academy selects SIMORG Simulator Center Management Software
    Finnair has chosen SIMORG’s end-to-end software solution to manage its Flight Academy’s FSTD operations. Finnair will utilize SIMORG’s robust feature set to strengthen its standards of compliance and safety, while maintaining the Flight Simulation Training Device Qualification (FSTD) levels. SIMORG features a FSTD Terminal Screen and Training Planning & Scheduling, Sales Reporting, Configuration Control, FSTD Maintenance, Defect Management, Spare Parts Management, Interruption Tracking, QTG Tracking and Compliance Monitoring functions for overall management with the ability to control all flight training academy processes.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • One of the leading Pilot Training Academies in Saudi Arabia - OxfordSaudia Flight Academy has launched an initiative for its pilot graduates to go on to a degree course with the renowned Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the US!
    The academy, a joint venture between the Saudi National Company of Aviation (SNCA) and training company CAE, believes it is an intelligent way for graduate pilots to continue their aviation education should there be a shortage of jobs as they gain their licence. “We signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus for graduates to receive credit hours toward a degree,” said Larry Wade, CEO of Oxford Saudia. Significant investment has gone into OxfordSaudia becoming a CAE authorised training centre and installing a CAE full-flight simulator for the A320, and ordering 60 single-engine and twin-engine aircraft from Diamond Aircraft for its training fleet.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • EgyptAir ready to restart with new simulators - Airbus A320neo and is awaiting a new A220-300 Full Flight Simulator!
    The Cairo-based academy worked with L3Harris to install a new Reality Seven full-flight simulator for the new Airbus A320neo, and that’s now up and running. Soon to arrive, once the pandemic restrictions are lifted, is one of the world’s first full-flight simulators for the Airbus A220-300, that’s been especially designed and manufactured by FlightSafety International.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • US Flight School - Coast Flight Training has opened a third location in the thriving city of Dallas, TX.
    Located at the Dallas Executive Airport, the location flies brand new 2020 G1000 Piper Archers, G1000 Cessna 172s and Piper Seminoles.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • US Proposed immigration rule could impact flight training
    Something for US Flight Training Organizations to monitor!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • IATA releases statistic - 1 Covid19 case for every 27.3 million travelers & 44 Covid19 cases among 1.2 billion travelers
    Find their full presentation here.
  • Thai Vietjet hiring spree to expand flight network!
    While a number of airlines struggle due to the pandemic and layoff some employees, Thai Vietjet plans to increase its employees and fleet by 2021. Despite the crisis, Thai Vietjet secures the jobs for its employees and is recruiting even more staff to expand its flight network in Thailand and overseas. The airline recently held a Cabin Crew Recruitment Day attracting thousands of applicants in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Currently, the airline employs 700 employees and aim to increase its manpower to a thousand by the end of the year. Additional recruitment for pilots, engineers, and other positions is also currently being conducted. The hiring spree is for the anticipation of Thailand reopening to international tourists as well as for travel corridors allowing Thais to travel overseas.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Ethiopian Airlines Offers Planes And Pilots To South Africa
    Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam has made clear his intentions for struggling airline South African Airways. In an interview, he outlined the support Ethiopian is willing to give SAA, which appears to be limited to operational support only.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Boeing in talks with Alaska Airlines for potential 737 MAX order!
    Alaska Airlines already had ordered 37 of the jets before the grounding! Seattle-based Alaska Airlines flies 166 older Boeing 737s and 71 Airbus A320-family aircraft. It has one of the strongest balance sheets among U.S. airlines and analysts believe it could emerge from the pandemic crisis in a competitive position relative to its peers.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • AirAsia India sees sustained passenger growth, to induct more aircraft
    Despite market speculations over its future, AirAsia India foresees a sustained passenger demand to power its growth in the coming quarter. Accordingly, the pandemic-battered airline is in fact going ahead with the planned induction of 5 fully-owned aircraft which will bring down the average fleet age to around three years. "Passenger demographics have changed significantly with the proportion of under 29- year-olds increasing to nearly half of the total passengers and those over 40 reduced to less than half of passengers." "As young India starts resuming work and planning holidays this festive season, we expect this number to further increase."
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Airbus ramps up deliveries in September, seen targeting 500 jets in 2020!
    Airbus reached the highest number of monthly deliveries of passenger planes so far this year in September! The European planemaker delivered 57 jets in September, up from 39 in August, bringing nine-month deliveries to 341!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • EASA has deemed the 737 MAX safe to fly and is now performing final document reviews ahead of a draft airworthiness directive it expects to issue in November, which will be followed by four weeks of public comment.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Airbus Inks Order for A320neos from Greece’s Sky Express!
    Athens-based airline Sky Express has placed a firm order for four A320neo aircraft, making it a new Airbus customer and marking a foray into jets after operating a pure turboprop fleet consisting of five ATR 72-500s and six ATR 42-500s.
    Source and discussion through this link.

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