Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 15 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 15 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:

  • Simulator Training Center Acquisition!
    UK based simulator training center Quadrant Systems get's acquired by Air One Aviation (Pier Seven Aviation)! The pilot training Approved Training Organisation, Quadrant Pilot, and the 4 bay Full Flight Simulator facility with Quadrant Systems's simulators are the core element of the transfer of business. With this acquisition and further acquisition of Pier Seven (which is also on final stages of completion) Air One Aviation, Pier Seven Aviation & Quadrant Systems together will have 6 full flight simulators:
    - Boeing 737NG
    - Boeing B737Classic
    - Boeing 747-400
    - Boeing 757 200
    - 2x Airbus A320s.
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  • US Airline - United Airlines - will open flight school in 2021
    - Arizona based Westwind School of Aeronautics was purchased in February 2020 and has been rebranded to United Aviate Academy being part of the Aviate Pilot Development Program
    - Full control of the school was initially planned in September 2020 but got pushed back by the pandemic
    - United Aviate Academy has started accepting applications and aims to enroll 100 students for flight training in 2021
    - United said it plans to train 5,000 pilots by 2030 and aims for half of those students to be women or people of color.
    - $2.4 million in scholarships will be offered by United and JP Morgan Chase
    - “We’re talking about five years for people who want to enter the Aviate academy today and join us in the ranks of United Airlines flight decks in the future” said Capt. Mary Ann Schaffer, the airline’s System Chief Pilot
    - United has also finalized partnerships with three HBCUs, Delaware State University, Elizabeth City State University and Hampton University, to identify top talent and recruit them into the Aviate program.
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  • ATP Flight School is scheduled to receive delivery of a total of 25 Arches in 2021!
    ATP Flight School flies nearly 30,000 flight hours each month.
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  • US Flight School operations result in Grand Forks International Airport be the busiest airport in the US for a few days in March!
    During the multi-day streak, the Grand Forks airport’s tower relayed as many as 2,000 instructions to pilots taking off and landing on a given day, according to University of North Dakota. In early March, the skies were blue and the wind was light, creating good flying conditions for the approximately 1,400 students on UND’s flight schedule.
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  • CAE expands its digital solutions portfolio with the acquisition of RB Group
    CAE announced the expansion of its digital solutions portfolio with the addition of RB Group, a leading provider of fully integrated award-winning solutions that modernize the way airlines and business aircraft operators interact with their crew. This announcement further supports CAE’s expansion into digital flight crew management and represents another important milestone in the Company’s goal to unite operators and crew in a single, interconnected digital ecosystem. Following the acquisition of Merlot Aero’s crew management and optimization software in December 2020, the addition of RB Group enhances CAE’s product portfolio with powerful digital tools that further improve airline operations and crew work-life balance. The suite of applications includes a digital logbook and the award-winning crew engagement RosterBuster app. With over 400,000 users globally and over 500 airlines currently supported, the RosterBuster crew app empowers aviation professionals with relevant and instant information and allows users to connect to their airline operations, communicate with fellow crew members, and manage their busy day-to-day lives with ease.
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  • Sales soar for Sonaca – the only aircraft to be made in Belgium!
    Sonaca Aircraft is busy delivering orders of its Sonaca 200 – the only aircraft to be manufactured in Belgium –following strong recent sales. Chief commercial director Pierre Van Wetter is personally ferrying the two-seater, single-engine aircraft to Turkey, Estonia and France as Covid-19 travel restrictions are preventing many clients from picking them up from the company’s base! Widescale interest in the certified training aircraft, largely centred in Europe, has resulted in around 70 orders, including from lucrative new clients in Switzerland. “These clients are flying clubs and flight schools offering intensive training for pilots,” says Van Wetter. Though initially designed for the pilot training and leisure sector, the aircraft has recently been positioned for a screening programme run by the Swiss army. Sonaca Aircraft – a subsidiary of Charleroi-based aerospace multinational Sonaca Group – employs 35 people. It has a 2,000m2 assembly hall capable of building eight aircraft simultaneously. The total capacity is up to 80 aircraft a year with each model taking 60 days to build.
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  • India's newest Flight Training Aircraft?
    National Aerospace Laboratories rolls out HANSA-NG, a new generation two-seater trainer aircraft! The aircraft is equipped with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)-compliant avionics with smart multi-functional displays, a glass cockpit and a bubble canopy design. Its power plant will be the highly efficient, digitally controlled Rotax 912 ISC engine. With the HANSA-NG having obtained type certification from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in 2020, the manufacturing of the aircraft was initiated by NAL in September 2020. The upgraded trainer’s flight test trials, according to Jitendra J. Jadhav, Director, NAL, are scheduled to start later this month. HANSA-NG is an upgraded version of the two-seater HANSA aircraft. Designed and developed by NAL, the HANSA saw its first flight in 1993 and was certified in 2000. Between 2000 and 2007, NAL developed 12 HANSA aircraft, all of which were delivered to flying clubs across India through the DGCA. Aside from the 35 LoIs from flying clubs to purchase the aircraft, NAL has also signed an MoU with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) to be the launch customer of HANSA-NG for pilot training.
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  • UK Flight School - FTA Global is looking for a Diamond DA42!
    If you have one available kindly reach out to Sean Jacob
  • L3Harris announces sale of Boeing 767 Flat Panel Trainer order by Airborne Training Services
    - L3Harris to deliver a customized B767-300ER FPT
    - FPT will support pilot training for Omni Air, Air Transport International and ABX Air
    Airborne Training Services (ATS), a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG), has selected L3Harris Technologies to deliver a Boeing 767-300ER Flat Panel Trainer (FPT) to streamline and improve the cost-effectiveness of its training. ATS is an FAA-certified Part 142 training facility that provides training for ATSG’s subsidiary airlines – Omni Air, Air Transport International and ABX Air – and offers a range of simulator-based training services to other customers. The new trainer will be delivered to the ATS Training Center in Wilmington, Ohio in spring 2021, to expand ATS’s mix of training devices across its programs and allow more efficient utilization of its higher-fidelity simulators.
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  • Faced with an acute shortage, the Indian air force is seeking to lease at least 20 basic trainer aircraft for training pilots!
    The Air Force sent out a request for information to global vendors in view of the shortage of trainer aircraft it is facing currently. According to The Economic Times, the RFI also specifies that the air force needs a trainer that can undertake four to six sorties a day for intensive training of pilots. The leasing company has to maintain the aircraft during the duration of service and provide a simulator for pilots as well. The RFI also adds that the aircraft would be used to impart training to the Air Force personnel for an initial period of three to four years, extendable in batches of two years. The Indian Air Force currently operates approximately 260 trainer aircraft, which include Pilatus PC-7 Mk-II, Kiran MkI/IA, and Hawk Mk-132 advanced jet trainer, according to the Defense Ministry. The Indian Air Force is also facing an acute shortage of pilots. The government admitted in Parliament that the service is facing a shortage of 405 pilots. It has 3,834 pilots against the sanctioned strength of 4,239.
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  • 100+ Aircraft are planned on being added to another Indian Airline - Trujet!
    Here's a peek at NRI entrepreneur Laxmi Prasad’s $1.9 billion plan for Trujet
    Prasad was in the running for Air India with his Interups fund. Now, he is banking on Trujet to give wing to his aviation ambitions in India. The plan includes expanding Trujet’s fleet to over 100 aircraft from just 7 now. “We had set aside $1.89 billion for the planned investment in Air India. That is not happening now. We would like to put that money in this investment now. This will be over the next three years,” he added. Trujet is in talks with Airbus and Embraer for an order of 54 aircraft each, with the agreement expected to be signed later this month. With Airbus, the airline is in talks for the single aisle, A220 aircraft. Embraer will supply the E190-E2, which has a configuration similar to the Airbus aircraft. “Embraer will supply three aircraft every two months. The arrangement with Airbus will see one aircraft coming in every 1.5 months, or a maximum of nine planes a year. So, it may take about six years for the Airbus order to be delivered, lower for Embraer,” Prasad said.
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  • Starting April, Indian Airline Vistara to roll back pay cuts for non-management staff!
    An internal email by the airline’s CEO Leslie Thng to employees said that pay cuts will continue for management-level executives (level 4 and level 5 employees), including himself, but will be rolled back for level 1 to level 3 staff
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  • SpiceJet has signed a sale and leaseback agreement with investment firm Avenue Capital Group for up to 50 new aircraft!
    The airline did not specify which aircraft will be covered under the agreement, with perhaps a new order on the cards. SpiceJet currently has 155 Boeing 737 MAX’s on order and waiting for delivery once the type can fly in India again. Do you think this is a sale and leaseback agreement for the existing order or will we see a further order for SpiceJet to make use of low pricing? According to a statement seen by FlightGlobal, SpiceJet has partnered up with New York-based financial firm Avenue Capital Group to finance new aircraft. The agreement covers “financing, acquisition and sale and lease‐back of 50 new planes to be ordered by the airline“. The wording suggests that SpiceJet is considering placing a new order for aircraft in the future, backed by Avenue Capital.
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  • Great news from the US Aviation Industry:
    - Frontier Airlines announces the opening of our Purdue Cadet Application Window. Frontier Airlines has partnered with Airbus and Purdue Aviation over two years ago
    - jetBlue is resuming hiring: 200+ pilots who passed Phase 1 of the interview in 2019/2020 have received an email stating that they will be contacted shortly to resume Phase 2 of the JetBlue interview process
    - United will start with bringing on about 300 pilots whose hiring process was halted at the start of the pandemic
    - Southwest recalls 209 pilots as travel demand recovers
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  • Boeing and Alaska Airlines complete agreement for 23 737-9 aircraft
    Boeing and Alaska Airlines have finalised the order for 23 737-9 MAX aircraft as part of the US carrier’s fleet modernisation programme. The confirmation comes three months after Alaska Airlines revealed its plans to buy the additional aircraft. According to the agreement, Boeing will deliver the 23 MAX 9 aircraft to Alaska Airlines between 2023 and 2024. With this deal, Alaska has boosted its order book of 737 MAX, including options and lease commitments at 120 aeroplanes.
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  • Fully vaccinated people can travel in U.S. without tests or quarantines, CDC says
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  • Super-speedy Israeli COVID test gets European approval; airport rollout planned!
    SpectraLIT eliminates the need for complex lab equipment by giving relatively accurate results after just 20 seconds of analysis, possibly aiding resumption of international travel
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