Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 13 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 13 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:

  • Interesting article discussing the potential advantage that US Pilot Training Group ATP has over more conventional Flight Schools - its Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP)
    Airline pilots are required to hold an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate. It is earned after meeting experience requirements and successfully passing an airman knowledge test and a practical test. Before taking the knowledge test, however, pilots must complete the ATP CTP. This course prepares pilots for the FAA's highest certificate and combines 30 hours of ground school with full-motion simulator training. Pre-pandemic, airlines would sponsor a pilot's ATP CTP before attending the airline's training. After this, the pilot would complete the practical test while earning their type rating. In 2020, ATP Flight School began including the ATP CTP in the training program, so students could meet future hiring requirements and be the most competitive. Through its ATP JETS training center, ATP Flight School is the only school able to offer this FAA-approved program in conjunction with a proven accelerated flight training program.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Florida based Paragon Flight Training to Triple Aircraft Fleet
    Paragon Flight Training based in Fort Myers has signed a 10-year contract with Lee County Port Authority that will triple its aircraft fleet operations at Page Field, and expand its training and aviation technology services. The contract clears the way for the nationally recognized flight academy to increase its available equipment from 15 aircraft to 45 to 55 within five years. It also includes the purchase and renovation of a 14,000-square-foot hangar that will be used as a maintenance hub for the growing fleet. “This expansion positions us to keep up with increased industry demand, giving students the world-class training they need to do the job better than anyone else,” said CEO Chris Schoensee.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • UK based Flight School - FTA confirms approval to train both UK CAA and EASA Commercial Pilot's Licenses and Ratings (Simulataneously) from its UK base!
    This will come as good news to UK-based students who are required to complete acclimatisation flying and the IR skill test in an EU member state for the issue of an EASA licence. The proximity of EU airspace to their base at Brighton City Airport has made completing the acclimatisation flying and IR skill test in EU airspace straightforward, without ever spending a night away from the UK. The school has confirmed that students who enrol on the 2021 Integrated Flight Deck Programme will have the option to complete training for both a UK CAA and EASA issued licence (simultaneously). Completing two sets of ATPL exams may seem challenging, but the syllabus is currently identical and students learn the full extent of each subject area, so the exams will be almost identical. In fact, at present, questions for both syllabuses are drawn from the same question-bank.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Six companies win bids to build flight schools at Airport Authority of India Airports
    14 bids were submitted for 9 Flight School locations that the central Indian Government intends to be used as Airports for Flight Schools.
    Sources said the winners are:
    - Asia Pacific Flight Training Academy
    - Chimes Aviation Academy
    - Redbird Flight Training Academy
    - Samvardhane Technologies
    - SkyNex Aero
    - JetServe Aviation Group
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • COVID-19 forces Qantas Pilot Academy to restructure, second school on hold!
    - Qantas has reduced the number of students at its Toowoomba pilot academy (currently has 87 students)
    - FTA (Flight Training Adelaide) operates the Toowoomba Academy for Qantas
    - Academy has been drastically restructured and reduced its cost base to ensure its survival
    - Student applications have also reduced by about 40% compared to pre-covid19
    - Focus on employing graduates
    - Plan for 250 pilot graduates per year from the Qantas Pilot Academy in Mackay has been scrapped for now
    - A spokesperson for the Mackay Regional Council, which was part of the team that enticed Qantas to the region, said the plans would be revisited this year.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Simulator Manufacturer Redbird Flight Simulation publishes "State of Flight Training 2021 Survey and Report"
    Can highly recommend downloading the 78 page report if you are a US Flight School - it provides an overview:
    - Responses from 315 (mostly US) Flight Schools
    - Top challenges in 2020
    - Flight Instructor billing and rates
    - Equipment Rates per hour (training aircraft and simulators)
    - Instructor rates per hour
    - Cost to complete training
    - Flight time to complete training
    - Training duration
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • US based Missouri University creates new Pilot Training Program in partnership with US Aviation Academy!
    The trend continues in the US Colleges and Flight Schools partnering to offer a degree flight training program.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Malaysia Airlines, through the MAB Academy, has accelerated digital adoption by developing online training module covering both regulatory and non-regulatory trainings.
    MAB head of training Captain Rohaizan Mohd Rashid said the airline is looking at developing virtual reality training for pilots and cabin crew. “With suitable equipments including 3D goggles, they could imagine themselves in an aircraft, switching on buttons that interactively react to what they press, ” he said. This new training programme, however, is still in progress and pending approval from CAAM.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • 'Brighter Skies’ a four-part webinar series bringing together aviation leaders to discuss business, people, risk and safety of aviation organizations in the Asia Pacific region is being organized by Aon in the month of April.
    Great to see the participation of
    - Cristopher Magdangal (Regional Director, Asia Pacific at Alpha Aviation Group Philippines)
    - Raj Raghavan (Senior VP, Head of Human Resources at IndiGo)
    - Anjali Chatterjee (Head of People & Culture at AirAsia India)
    You can register through this link.
  • Air China to buy 18 Airbus planes for $2.2 billion
    The Chinese flag carrier, Air China, announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement with AFS Investments Inc, a subsidiary of aircraft leasing giant GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), to buy 18 Airbus A320neo planes from the European manufacturer to improve its transport capacity. The 18 planes include:
    - 5 A320
    - 13A321
    “The recovery of China’s domestic aviation market has outperformed the international market since epidemic prevention was regulated, which drives the utility rate of narrow-body aircrafts in the domestic market. The purchase will supplement the long-term transport capacity of Air China in Beijing and Chengdu,” Air China announced. It is estimated that Air China operates roughly 700 planes by the end of 2020, among which 366 are Airbus crafts and 328 are Boeing planes, according to media reports.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Saudia Arabian Airlines (Saudia) secures financing of US$3 billion to order 73 aircraft!
    The financing is for the purchase agreements covering:
    - 20 Airbus A321neo
    - 15 A321XLR
    -30 A320neo (for its low cost subsidiary flyadeal)
    - 8 Boeing 787
    The local bank financing agreement aims to finance the needs of the company to mid-2024!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • DAE (Dubai Aerospace Enterprise) substantially completes Boeing 737MAX 8 transaction with American Airlines
    DAE will deliver 18 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • The CEO of Middle Eastern budget airline Air Arabia is reportedly optimistic about the months ahead!
    Much of this optimism stems from an ever-growing population of vaccinated travelers. If this continues and the overall situation improves, the relaxing of international travel restrictions should lead to a good summer.
    Source and discussion through this link.

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