Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 14th of December

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 14th of December

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 updates):

Aviation Industry News:

  • European Flight School, FlyBy School, launches Cadet Program in line with its expansion!
    The internal cadet program includes:
    - 14 months of ATPL Integrated Course Phase
    - 3 months of Flight Instructor Course Phase
    - 12 months of Flight Instructor guaranteed employment (minimum of 600 hours)
    The program is open to aspiring pilots from all over the world!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • US based Pilot Training Group - Spartan College receives historic delivery of the 5000th Piper Archer Aircraft!
    Part of its fleet expansion which includes a purchase of 32 New Piper Aircrafts for Pilot Training!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • A group of European Flight School CEO's came together to share their outlook on the requirement of Pilots.
    Video of interviews found through this link.
  • Auburn Department of Aviation flying high, poised for great future despite pandemic!
    Great to see continued interest for Pilot Training programs in the US with a number of universities! The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered businesses, curbed progress in countless areas and stunted growth across the globe, but Auburn University’s Department of Aviation has weathered the storm and is flying high as another semester comes to a close on the Plains. With a record number of approximately 160 students joining the storied program this fall, the department kept its instructors and team leaders busy accommodating an increase in interest while adjusting to new norms forced by the pandemic. The Department of Aviation boasts roughly 400 students who are professional flight majors and another 200-plus aviation management majors, giving Auburn a robust presence in the aviation world and an optimistic outlook toward a promising future.
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  • Lilium partners with Lufthansa Aviation Training to select and train pilots for Lilium Jet!
    Lilium, the Munich-based aviation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) for regional air mobility, announces today an industry-first partnership with Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT, member of the Lufthansa Group). Together, Lilium and LAT will develop a tailor made Pilot Sourcing and Training programme to qualify pilots to fly the Lilium Jet. The first phase of this innovative program consists of an additional training certification for qualified commercial pilots. It will harness technologies including Virtual Reality (VR) opening possibilities to recreate the program worldwide and enabling a stable pipeline of qualified pilots to support the growth of the company and of the industry.
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  • Overview article of the pressure the New Zealand Pilot Training Industry is currently facing
    The New Zealand international pilot training industry is expected to generate around $51m in foreign exchange earnings with economic activity exceeding $226m, mostly in regional New Zealand. The industry employs over 380 staff and has 225 flight instructors, with an asset value approximating $100m. "If some other types of student and skilled workers can safely enter New Zealand, we should also be able to allow international pilot students in, under the same criteria. New Zealand’s success with Covid, the quality of training provided and our great environment for training make us attractive to international airlines. In September, 394 international students had signed up to train in New Zealand, a number had visas but none were able to enter the country. Interest in training in New Zealand has increased since September. Given the country’s success with Covid and the top quality training provided, several airlines are looking to come here, to move away from their traditional training partners. But they will not wait and wait."
    Aviation New Zealand received written confirmation that L3 Airline Academy would close.
    "We have 14 professional flight schools in New Zealand that train international students. Most of them comprise 70 per cent international students. If you take away that 70 per cent, the viability of those schools becomes at risk.”
    “An initial allocation of 440 visas to be used over six months would have saved the whole pilot training industry including L3. “If you look at the number [study visas], 250 was given to PhD and postgraduate students, how that was decided to give visas to that group”
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • IndiGo now has the same number of aircraft as the AirAsia group!
    2015 - IndiGo had a fleet count of 97 aircraft at the close of Calendar Year 2015, while AirAsia group had 194 aircraft across all its subsidiaries!
    2020 - Five years on, IndiGo has added a staggering 185 aircraft, while AirAsia group has grown only by 88, giving both airlines 282 aircraft!
    The Lion Air group would be the next one for IndiGo to overtake in terms of fleet size!
    Lion Air operates subsidiaries such as Batik Air and Wings air within Indonesia, Malindo in Malaysia and Thai Lion Air in Thailand. The airline group has a fleet of 320 aircraft across its various subsidiaries. Flagship Lion Air — the largest carrier within the Lion Air group — has only 141 aircraft, half of what IndiGo has in its fleet.
    At the global level, Southwest Airlines, the world’s largest low-cost carrier, has a fleet of over 700 aircraft — a number that is larger than the fleet of all the commercial airlines in India combined!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • U.S. approves use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for pilots and air traffic controllers!
    The U.S. aviation regulator said pilots and controllers must not fly or conduct safety-related duties for 48 hours after receiving doses. The FAA said it will “monitor the patient response to Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and may adjust this policy as necessary to ensure aviation safety.”!
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  • Coronavirus grounded planes all over the world. Will pilots be out of practice when flying resumes?
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  • Airlines warned over safety as jets return from pandemic storage!
    Regulators, insurers and experts are warning airlines to take extra care when reactivating planes left in extended storage during the COVID-19 pandemic, citing potential pilot rustiness, maintenance errors and even insect nests blocking key sensors. The unprecedented number of aircraft grounded as coronavirus lockdowns blocked air travel - at one point reaching two-thirds of the global fleet - has created a spike in the number of reported problems as airlines return them to service. The number of “unstabilised” or poorly handled approaches has risen sharply this year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Such mishaps can result in hard landings, runway overshoots or even crashes. Worried by IATA’s data, insurers are questioning airlines about whether they are doing extra pilot training to focus on landings, said Gary Moran, head of Asia aviation at insurance broker Aon PLC. “They want to know about the circumstances of the training,” he said. Approaches and landings place significant demands on crew for which training and regular experience are seen as vital.
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  • Vietravel – Vietnam’s top tour operator – had over one million customers last year, with half travelling by air. Now it wants in on the action itself.
    With its first A321ceo already arrived, and two more due by the end of the month, it plans to have up to 10 aircraft within five years. Unlike Vietnam’s soaring domestic and international markets, Vietravel’s projection appears considered and hardly excessive. And while Vietravel will initially enter the fiercely competitive domestic market, its sights are on international operations. Although its network plans aren’t yet known for definite, it is believed that it will primarily concentrate on connecting the tourist hotspots of Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc – probably initially to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In 2019, over 34 million passengers flew domestically across 63 routes, booking data reveals. This was up by 19% YOY, partly driven by Bamboo Airways’ entrance in January of that year.
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  • Sunlight Express Airways, a new charter airline in the Philippines backed by a local hotel and resort company, aims to begin operations with three ATR 72-500s around Christmas!
    CEO Ryna Brito says there is pent-up local demand for leisure travel and many Filipinos have, what she describes as, “COVID fatigue” following extended lockdowns. The airline is linked to Sunlight Hotels and Resorts group which owns upper and mid-range hotels on Palawan and Busuanga Island in the western Philippines. Sunlight Express applied for its air operator’s certificate (AOC) about 18 months ago, she says, adding that it bought three ex-Bangkok Airways ATR 72-500s just before COVID-19 hit!
    Source and discussion through this link.

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