Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 14 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 14 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:

  • Boeing B737MAX Fixed base Simulator (FTD-2) order by Ryanair!
    This order from MPS follows Ryanair’s recent purchase agreement for 75 additional Boeing MAX aircraft as part of an already existing commitment to purchasing 135. In a critical time of re-training, this MPS device will prepare pilots to safely return the MAX to service. MPS Chief Executive Officer Philip Adrian said: “MPS is proud to be able to support Ryanair and its pilots with the safe return to service of the 737 MAX and is excited to expand its relationship with Ryanair by delivering an initial MAX FTD-2 to their training center in Dublin. With recent changes to European regulation, our smarter simulator will play a significant part in Ryanair’s efforts to train on MAX specific items. We share a common goal of achieving the highest level of safety possible and look forward to providing the support needed to make pilots comfortable in flying the MAX again.” Ryanair currently operates numerous MPS B737 NG FTD’s and the recently delivered MPS A320 FTD in its training centers across Europe.
    Check out the Profile of MPS.
  • One of the leading Flight Schools in New Zealand - Ardmore Flying School - has installed and certified a new ALSIM AL42 Simulator
    Based in a purpose built facility at Ardmore Airport, Auckland, New Zealand, the AL 42 Simulator is an exact replica of the Diamond DA42! Ardmore Flying School was established in 1961 and has trained over 10,000 pilots! The newest simulator adds to a fleet which includes Beech 200 King Air simulator, 17 Cessna Aircraft and 2 Diamond DA42.
    Check out the Profile of ALSIM.
  • Simulator Manufacturer Wright Brothers Flight Technology has delivered a Diamond DA40 Simulator to Longhao Flight Academy in China and received CAAC Level 5 Certification!
    The demand for pilot training infrastructure in China continues to build with Wright Brothers Flight Technology delivering 5 more Diamond DA40 Simulators in the coming months!
    Check out the Profile of Wright Brothers Flight Technology.
  • Hanseo University, the largest Aviation Training School in South Korea, is exploring expanding to Sri Lanka
    Since Sri Lanka does not possess a well-equipped aviation training school of international standing, the Korean Embassy had a high level meeting with the President of Hanseo University Dr. Ki Sun Ham and the top most management of Hanseo University of Korea and discussed this proposal. The arrangements were made by S.C. Byun, a leading Korean corporate captain based in Sri Lanka and the Chairman of Korean Residents Association of Sri Lanka. Hanseo University has over 30 Aircraft for Flight Training including a Citation Jet!
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  • CAE to provide Phase 1 and 2 pilot training to Irish Air Corps
    Under the contract, training will be provided to 14 Irish Air Corps students over the next 18 months. Phase 1 training will take place in Florida at CAE USA subcontracted small business partner SkyWarrior Flight Training. The business will provide an airforce-approved initial flight training (IFT) programme. Phase 2 primary flight training will take place at the company’s Dothan Training Center in Alabama, US. In this phase, academic, simulator and live-flying training will be provided in CAE-owned and operated Grob G120TP military trainer aircraft.
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  • US Aviation Academy receives more than 50 Air Force cadets in Denton, Texas for Flight Training
    The Air Force has partnered with the Civil Air Patrol to train active-duty Department of the Air Force officers and enlisted Airmen and Space Professionals interested in becoming rated officers. The Denton chapter of the Civil Air Patrol is renting classroom and ramp space at the USAA facility, and more than 15 Civil Air Patrol airplanes from across the country are in Denton for the training.
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  • US based Carver Aero finalizes Acquisition of Advanced Air and its Flight Training activities
    On March 16, Carver Aero announced it has finalized the acquisition of fixed-base operator Advanced Air Inc., in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Lisa LaMantia, president of Advanced Air, will take on a new role at Carver Aero where she will oversee all flight school operations of the company’s rapidly expanding aviation network services throughout the Midwest. Advanced Air has more than 100 students who are enrolled in the University of Nebraska-Omaha flight program, and Carver Aero plans to expand the program further. Inga Carus, co-founder of CL Enterprises. “As Lisa (LaMantia) will expand her role to oversee all flight school operations in the expanding Carver Aero aviation services network, we plan to create more jobs and are already hiring additional pilots and flight instructors.”
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  • Nigerian Pilot Training Organisation International Aviation College (IAC) in Ilorin is ready to increase its order from 2 to 5 Aircraft
    The college currently has 2 Diamond DA40 and 2 Diamond DA42. The Nigerian Aviation market continues to expand with numerous new airlines, aircraft, Boeing B737 Full Flight Simulator and more training aircraft!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • RwandAir is not only the first airline in Africa to be fully vaccinated but it is also in the final stage of its process of a 49% equity stake sale to Qatar Airways.
    Qatar Airways is in negotiations with the carrier since February 2020. Additionally in 2019, Qatar Airways has agreed to take a 60 percent stake in a new $1.3 billion Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Egypt Air is starting the new "Air Ghana" in a few months time with 4 Boeing B737NG
    Roshdy Zakaria, Chief Executive of EgyptAir Holding Co. told reporters in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the emirates of the UAE, that the new airline, likely called Air Ghana, will probably begin operations “in a couple of months”, adding EgyptAir will provide four Boeing Co. 737-800 aircraft to the Accra-based airline in which it will have a 75% share.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Air India sale: New owners of national carrier will be decided by May-end, says Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri
    The decision to pick the future owners for Air India will be by May-end. At a meeting on March 25 it was decided that the government will close the financial bids within 64 days, post which the final announcement will be made, said Hardeep Singh Puri. Meanwhile, the process of inviting financial bids will begin soon and the Centre's goal is to wrap up the disinvestment process of Air India by the end of this calendar year. Puri further informed that once the new owners of the national carrier are decided by June, it will take the government another six months to completely handover the airline.
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  • Vinay Dube, former CEO of Jet Airways and GoAir, is planning to start a domestic airline in India in 2021.
    He might launch an airline with five aircraft by the end of 2021! Dube, who quit Wadia Group-controlled GoAir in August 2020 after being CEO for six months, has had more than one round of discussions with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the civil aviation ministry, the news channel reported.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • One of the leading airlines in the US - Southwest Airlines is looking to add 255 Boeing 737-MAX to its Fleet!
    It was announced today that Southwest has placed an order for 100 aircraft and option for 155 more!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • American Airlines Says Travel Bookings Have Recovered to 90 Percent of Pre-Pandemic Levels!
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  • Ryanair to increase flights to 80% of pre-pandemic levels by July - Ryanair
    Michael O’Leary on Wednesday stated he was “very confident” that Britons can be “going to the beaches of Europe” and that Ryanair would have a “strong summer” thanks to the UK and EU’s speedy, albeit politically fraught, vaccination programmes. The Irish service will run about half the quantity of flights it flew earlier than the pandemic in 2019 from April to June, however will step up its schedule to 80% throughout July or August, or 90% if there may be enough demand.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Dubai Airports Boss ‘Braced For Flood Of Travel Demand’ When Lockdowns Lift!
    ‘There won’t be a gradual return, there will be a flood’, says Paul Griffiths. Dubai International Airport reported a 70 percent slump in traffic last year as flights were grounded and borders were closed in measures designed to contain the spread of coronavirus. The number of travellers through the Middle East’s tourism hub fell to 25.9 million in 2020 – that included 17.8 million passengers in the first quarter of the year. But Griffiths said: “I think there is some very strong indications over the next few weeks that things will move very quickly. “We may have seen that we’ve stayed in this rather static position for a long time, but I’m getting the impression now that the progress we’re making with vaccinations here in the UAE, the progress that’s being made in the United States, in Israel and the UK gives us hope that life will start to resume some sort of normality.
    Source and discussion through this link.

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