Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 16 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 16 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:

  • Aviationfly join's 100 Million Meals Ramadan Drive
    "COVID-19 has driven many populations into an economic despair. Four hours away from us are 52 million people battling hunger. We are launching the biggest food drive in the region to provide 100 million meals for underserved communities in 20 countries. We will work with the UN World Food Programme & food banking networks to deliver food parcels to disadvantaged communities during the holy month of Ramadan. Join us in our humanitarian mission." - HH Sheikh Mohammed (Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates).
    As a UAE headquartered organization we want to contribute this drive and donate 400 meals over the next 4 weeks!
  • BAA Training Spain starts Pilot Training with an Airbus A320 FFS
    Global Pilot Training Group BAA Training are delighted to announce that the first Airbus A320 full flight simulator is ready for training at world-class pilot training facilities in Barcelona at BAA Training Spain! BAA Training Spain expects five simulators to arrive by the end of 2021: 2 FFSs and 3 FTD Level 2 devices.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Transtasman bubble: Push for more trainee pilot spots in MIQ
    The recently announced travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand is only the first step with Aviation NZ chief executive John Nicholson stating: 'We will be progressing talks with the Government about accessing MIQ facilities for high-value pilot training". In 2020, the pilot training industry earned $51million in tuition fees from international students, generated $226m in economic activity, mostly in regional New Zealand, employed 380 staff and had an asset value approaching $100m. But since March 2020 the country has closed its borders to international pilot training students. Last year, 153 New Zealanders gained commercial pilot licences. This continued the decline that had been evident since a 2009 high.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • As Americans start traveling again, airlines revive pilot hiring plans!
    Several U.S. airlines have recently resumed hiring pilots or plan to this year, the latest sign the industry expects travel demand to continue rising. Before the Covid pandemic hit, airlines were preparing for a wave of pilot retirements, which are federally mandated when pilots reach age 65. At American Airlines, for example, more than 7,200 of the airline’s more than 15,000 pilots are set to turn 65 over the next decade. But last year’s plunge in travel forced them to cut labor costs, which included offering early retirement packages to pilots. Now as travel demand returns, they are shifting their focus back toward hiring again. Pilot training can be time-consuming and costly. So airlines plan years in advance, generally so they can have enough pilots to handle peak summer travel seasons ahead.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • This week's Pilot Training industry vacancies:
    - Cathay Pacific is looking for a Head of Simulator Training
    The job holder will responsible for the regulatory compliance applicable to operation, maintenance and modification of Flying Training Devices (FTDs). He/ She will be responsible for the evaluation, specification, design, development, engineering, maintenance, and rectification of simulators and other training equipment. He/ She will supervise the supply of simulator training services of Cathay Pacific to Flight Crew.
    Link: https://lnkd.in/d7JJqTA
    - Lithuania based Airhub Aviation is looking for a Theoretical Knowledge Instructor (for ATP Course)
    Link: https://lnkd.in/d3fnYY5
    - Spanish FlyBy School is looking for a Senior Operations Coordinator
    Collaborate with all FlyBy departments to Manage the day to day flight operations. Flight Schedule preparation and maintenance and crew coordinator.
    Link: https://lnkd.in/dBK64Nv
    - Airbus is looking for a Vice President of Training & Flight Operations Support
    - The First Flight School in Oman is continuing to hire!
    Oman Aviation Academy has a requirement for a Theoretical Knowledge Instructor (TKI) who is qualified to teach EASA ATPL Principles of Flight and a minimum of two other EASA ATPL theoretical knowledge subjects.
    Link
    Source
  • US, Florida based Flight School - Epic Flight Academy announces $65,000 in Scholarships
    The Scholarship program is open for applications from US high School's - Juniors and Seniors - for its 6th year running! Epic will award:
    - 2x $20,000 Aircraft Mechanic Training scholarships
    - 2x Flight Training scholarships (for $20,000 and $5,000)
    Epic has awarded more than $145,000 in scholarships since it launched the program in 2016! CEO Danny Perna is especially happy to offer aircraft mechanic scholarships. "I got my start in aviation as an A&P mechanic," he said. "Aviation careers are on the rise, so we added aviation maintenance training to our flight school. Epic has been training pilots for 22 years. Now we're excited to offer mechanic scholarships in addition to flight training scholarships."
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • One of the leading Aviation English providers to the Flight Training Industry - Latitude Aviation English Services - has published a Foundation e-learning with teacher's pack to enable flight schools to deliver flexible, comprehensive and engaging language courses!
    Source
  • Leading Pilot Training Theory Material Provider - Padpilot - celebrates 200,000 book sale milestone!
    Padpilot is the leading publisher of aviation theory materials for ATOs and trainee pilots. Using the latest technology, Padpilot creates the most up to date and immersive ground school materials; from early foundational knowledge to ATPL qualification. Since launching our pioneering digital iPad ATPL books in 2011, Padpilot have sold more than 200,000 manuals and provide ground school materials to ATOs and universities across the world, as well as for individual download!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Hampton University and Elizabeth City State University welcomed into United Airlines' pilot program!
    Hampton University and Elizabeth City State University are part of United Airlines' first commercial pilot development program partnering with historically Black colleges and universities. United Airlines expects its Aviate Academy to create opportunities for thousands of minorities. It aims to train 5,000 new pilots by 2030, with the goal that at least half of them are women and people of color. Hampton University has partnered with Rick Aviation, a flight school operating out of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Utility Air adds training support fleet to portfolio!
    It has announced that it has procured 5 DA20 and 8 DA42 aircraft for the support of flight training in the region. The aircraft are currently on their way to the Diamond Factory in London Ontario, Canada, where they will be fully refurbished under the Factory Certified Pre Owned Programme. The aircraft will have new engines, props, interiors and paint as well as having all time-life items zeroed. Utility Air’s managing director, Stephen Pembro, “These aircraft, when completed, will have the appearance and functionality of new aircraft at a significantly lower price. They will also be available sooner than new aircraft and pricing will fall midway between new and used. The aircraft will then be made available to flight schools in the region for sale or lease, at preferential pricing. Operating from corporate headquarters in Sydney, Australia, Utility Air provides turn-key aviation solutions throughout Asia-Pacific, including aircraft brokerage, sales, and acquisitions for both new and pre-owned aircraft. Utility Air is the exclusive distributor for both Viking and Diamond Aircraft.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Boeing Forecasts India’s Air Passenger Demand Will Double by 2030!
    Boeing Co. expects India’s air passenger traffic to double from pre-pandemic levels by 2030 even as any imminent travel recovery looks to be thwarted by a second Covid wave in the South Asian nation. “Although the Covid-19 pandemic sharply reduced Indian air travel last year, the country’s domestic passenger traffic is recovering more rapidly than in most other countries and regions, recently reaching 76% of pre-pandemic levels,” the jet manufacturer said in a statement Wednesday. A growing economy and expanding middle class in India, home to world’s third-largest air-passenger market, will aid the aviation recovery and fuel demand for more than 2,200 new jets worth nearly $320 billion over the next 20 years.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Lessor Avolon Now Owns 578 Planes With $7 Billion In Liquidity!
    The global travel downturn put the brakes on the aircraft leasing market. But the global commercial aircraft leasing market is still tipped to grow by a respectable $14.5 billion over the next four years. Year on year growth for 2021 is estimated to be 8.7%. Aircraft leasing companies, including Avolon, will soon own over 50% of the global commercial airline fleet. During the first quarter of 2021, Avolon finalised 31 lease transactions, including new aircraft leases, follow-on leases and lease extensions. That included delivering Airbus A320neos to SAS, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Vistara. Avolon also entered into Letters of Intent to place 27 owned aircraft and sold two planes in the quarter.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Airbus's latest order for 20 A220's for an undisclosed customer - could this be for India's Trujet?
  • Cebu Pacific to upgrade entire Airbus fleet by 2027
    The company said in its annual report that 59 new planes, including 56 Airbus jets, will be delivered from 2021 through 2027. During this period, Cebu Pacific said it would take delivery of 40 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, 16 A330neos and three more ATR 72-600s. The announcement on fleet expansion follows Cebu Pacific’s successful efforts to seal fund-raising deals worth P28.5 billion from equity and debt sources to survive the crisis. The carrier’s fleet is comprised of 74 planes, including eight A321neos, 25 Airbus A320, seven Airbus A321ceos, five Airbus A320neos, seven Airbus A330, six ATR 72-500 and 13 ATR 72-600 aircraft. Its fleet also has two ATR freighters and one A330 freighter.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • US based Delta canceled 100 flights over the weekend as the airline struggles to keep up with increased travel
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Airbus deliveries surge in March due to rebound in air travel in US and China!
    Airbus reported slightly higher deliveries for the first quarter and posted 39 gross orders, including a new deal for 20 A220s to an unidentified buyer. However, the company's net orders - which are adjusted for cancellations - remained in negative territory for the first quarter, with a total of minus 61 net orders dominated by a Norwegian cancellation unveiled in the previous month. The brisk pace of deliveries confirms a report that the world's largest planemaker was poised to match or even eclipse the 122 deliveries seen in the first quarter of last year after a surge in March. Several analysts said the surprise leap in March deliveries put Airbus on course to hit its full-year target of repeating the 566 aircraft supplied in 2020, a year marked by Covid-19. Internally, the planemaker is aiming for more than 600 deliveries, suppliers say. However, with more than 100 jets already sitting outside its factories as airlines try to save cash, Airbus once again produced more than it delivered in the first quarter. That implies a $1 billion build-up in inventory, Stifel analyst Harry Breach said.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Boeing nets 40 new aircraft orders in March despite more Max cancellations!
    Boeing marked a second straight month of positive order activity in March, with orders for new jets offsetting an ongoing stream of 737 Max cancellations. The Chicago-based company received orders for 196 jets – all 737s – during the month and logged 156 737 Max cancellations. Those include newly disclosed scrubbing by Turkish Airlines of 50 737 Max. Those changes left Boeing with net new orders in March for 40 aircraft. Boeing’s March activity also included 29 aircraft deliveries, including two 787s – the first deliveries of that type since Boeing halted 787 handovers after October 2020 due to quality issues. Boeing’s 196 new March orders included 100 737 Max 7s ordered by Southwest Airlines and 24 Max ordered by Miami-based private equity company 777 Partners, which owns a stake in Canada’s Flair Airlines. Additionally, Alaska Airlines ordered 32 737 Max in March, though only 23 were incremental to Alaska’s order book. The airline offset the other nine orders by cancelling nine previously placed Max orders – changes made to move forward delivery dates, Boeing says. Likewise, in March United Airlines ordered 25 737 Max, and cancelled 25, for the same reason.
    Source and discussion through this link.

If you have a Pilot Training Industry announcement that you would like to share with a larger audience please contact us.