Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 16th of November

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 16th of November

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 or Marketplace as we are updating the system):

Aviation Industry News:

  • Aviationfly has been shortlisted for the "Training Achievement" award from Aviation Business Middle East!
    This award aims to recognize companies which have demonstrated considerable achievements in the field of aviation training in recent months!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Asian Airline looking for an ATO (Simulator Training Center) for a multi-year training contract for Pilots and Cabin Crew!
    For more information kindly Contact Us.
  • Global Pilot Training Group CAE acquires FSC Aviation Training (Simulator Training Center)
    M&A news in the Pilot Simulator Training Industry - Global Pilot Training Industry leader CAE buys Flight Simulation Company - FSC for a cash consideration of EUR70mn! FSC, based in the Netherlands, is a simulator center with 9 narrowbody Full Flight Simulators, 2 widebody and one regional jet!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Another airline which is opening its simulator training infrastructure to the public - EVA Air announced the launch of classes for passengers to experience pilot and cabin training as well as inflight catering.
    The classes will open until late Jan-2021!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • PadPilot, the leading publisher of Aviation Theory materials for ATOs and trainee pilots joins Aviationfly's Pilot Training Industry supplier directory
    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 the pioneering digital iPad ATPL books in 2011, Padpilot has sold more than 180,000 manuals and provide ground school materials to ATOs and universities across the world, as well as for individual download.
    Check out the PadPilot Profile.
  • Interested to learn about a new Pilot Training Simulator Center Project in West and Central Africa?
    Then join a webinar from African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and Prodigy Avia Solutions on the 26th of November, 2020 at 1400 Nairobi Time (UTC+3).
    Registration link found through this link.
  • New International Flight School Partnership - Portugal based Sevenair Academy partners with Indonesia's Perkasa Flight School!
    Perkasa Flight School is one of the largest flight schools in Indonesia with accreditations from Indonesia, Laos, and Vietnam. Students in this region who are interested in taking EASA certified courses or license conversions will be trained by Sevenair Academy.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • UK MPL Pilot Training Students - Resilient Pilot has been working with UK CAA and HATCO to secure Flight Crew Licence with Restricted Type Rating for MPL Applicants!
    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has issued a statement to clarify some key areas related to the Multi-Crew Pilot Licence and the impact that Covid-19 has had on cadets who are currently unable to complete the base training element of their MPL course. The CAA would like to clarify that applicants who have completed the MPL course, including the associated skill test, do have an option available to apply for an MPL licence without completing the base training. In such cases, the MPL licence would still be issued but with the type rating privileges restricted to “Cruise Relief Co-Pilot”. “The issued licence would be a valid ICAO-compliant licence and would preserve the validity of an applicant’s completed theoretical knowledge exams. In addition, this would give pilots the option of obtaining single pilot CPL/IR privileges.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • BAA Training becomes ENAC‘s partner in Europe!
    Having passed the compliance audit, the BAA Training flight base in Lleida-Alguaire received official approval from ENAC to carry out flight training for ENAC’s students. The consent to audit the BAA Training’s Spanish flight base was given to ENAC by Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC). ENAC acts as an ATPL and MPL pilot training provider for such airlines as Air France, China Eastern, Lao Airline, China Southern, Air Macau, and Royal Air Maroc. The new approval will allow BAA Training to conduct parts of the actual flight training in Lleida-Alguaire, Spain, broadening the training range offered to ENAC’s students. The partnership with ENAC started in 2019 with the approval to deliver the theoretical part of the ATPL integrated program. BAA Training aims to expand its partnership portfolio in France and views the elevating cooperation with ENAC as an important step towards this goal. Currently, BAA Training holds a cooperation agreement with Transavia France, a member of the Air France-KLM group.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • US - Rochester-based Oncore Aviation acquires Anchor Buffalo's Prior Aviation Flight School!
    OnCore Aviation Founder Todd Cameron said: “This year’s pandemic has left commercial airlines facing unprecedented economic firsts, coupled with political upheaval that has taken its toll. However, in the face of these challenges, general aviation and flight training operations have seen tremendous growth. In fact, training flights are exponentially up and our airports, like many in the country, are seeing an enormous amount of traffic and commerce due to general aviation. As the airline industry stabilizes, there are still record retirements projected and eventual career opportunities on the horizon. The pilot shortage will be back.”
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • US Transportation Department initiative aids military pilot transition!
    Department of Transportation (DOT) officials are espousing the benefits of an initiative designed to assist veterans transitioning to new careers as pilots. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao said 32 military veterans have completed flight training through the Forces to Flyers program, earning commercial multi-engine pilot’s licenses. The DOT introduced Forces to Flyers three years ago, enabling researchers to study pathways for entering the pilot workforce, identify barriers to training and employment, and design and implement methods to provide flight training to individuals interested in becoming airline pilots. Forces to Flyers participants are presented the opportunity to receive flight training at four flight schools nationwide, officials said, starting with the first flight lesson. Additionally, to support 32 veterans in earning the commercial multi-engine pilot’s license, the training demonstration supported 25 of the veterans to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) for instrument operations.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • To meet the increased demand for the HondaJet in Europe, Greensboro-based Honda Aircraft has established its second flight training center in the United Kingdom in conjunction with FlightSafety International!
    Like the original flight simulator at the Honda Aircraft headquarters and assembly plant at Piedmont Triad International Airport, FlightSafety's Farnborough Learning Centre provides initial and recurring pilot training, as well as other courses designed to meet the specific needs of HondaJet operators. The simulators cost approximately $5 million!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Difficult time for the pilot training industry - New Zealand Flight Training Industry Coverage!
    As Flight Schools around the world finish the flight training of students enrolled in 2019 and before March 2020 we are going to see a number of flight schools (especially ones which historically trained a large number of international students) drastically adjust over the next 6 months! “With L3’s decision to close, we know other training providers will follow. This is despite many years of work by industry and government officials to grow our international profile, successfully deliver excellence, and turning out hundreds of high quality New Zealand-trained pilots. “NZALPA will continue to do all we can to support our members and their families but this short-term approach must be reviewed urgently by the Minister,” Captain Ridling said.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Flight Schedule Pro Rolls Out Enhanced Reporting Capabilities!
    Flight Schedule Pro, a developer of the leading operations software platform for flight schools, has added a powerful new reporting capability that enables the creation of visual dashboards and customizable reports. Now, users can track key performance indicators and visualize large sets of data without having to run manual exports, thereby freeing them up to focus on big picture analysis of valuable data. Flight Schedule Pro Product Manager Chris Hanf noted, “Since every flight school is unique, we really wanted to empower them to create their own reports and dashboards that address their unique needs. That’s what these enhancements to our reporting are all about.”
    Source and discussion through this link. Check out the Flight Schedule Pro Profile.
  • Canada based Gander Flight Training reports busy year despite COVID-19 challenges!
    Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic meant the flight training school was unable to welcome and train international pilots for the majority of the year. In the past, the school has welcomed students from countries such as Thailand, India, Turkey, Morocco, Colombia and Kenya. Despite the lack of international flavour at the school this year, a news release from the school highlights an increase in domestic students this year. “Eighty full-time and 15 part-time students have, or are, receiving training for a pilot’s licence in 2020,” Gander Flight Training president and CEO Patrick White stated. Pilot training has been busy this year and the school has had to hire four new full-time flight instructors. The release also indicated international students have been attempting to sign up for classes in January, although questions remain about whether they will be able to attend because of the pandemic.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • UAE based Airline - Emirates is working with Pfizer, others on vaccine transport ‘challenge’!!
    Emirates is working with global pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, to address the logistical challenges of distributing coronavirus vaccines, according to Emirates President Tim Clark. “We’re working on trying to move this Pfizer vaccine in specialty designed containers on our planes, in our holds, and in the cabins, and keeping them at that level through the distribution point,” Clark said. “We have the chillers, we have the freezers, we have the logistical control for the airline to get these vaccines into multiple parts of the world where others cannot.” The Pfizer vaccine candidate must be kept at around -100 degrees Fahrenheit (-70 Celsius) in order to maintain optimal efficacy. Mr Glynn Hughes, Global Head of Cargo at IATA said there will need for nearly 8 billion doses distributed globally. That would fill more than 8,000 Boeing 747 freighter aircraft, and that is just under the assumption of a single dose being required (the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses)!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Second Western vaccine with 90%+ effectiveness! Said to be a "game-changer"!
    Moderna says preliminary trial data shows its coronavirus is more than 94% effective.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Air Arabia CEO: No Need To Defer Airbus Orders
    Air Arabia has a significant pending order with Airbus, including for 20 of the very long-range A321XLR. Altogether, 120 aircraft are due to be delivered in the coming years, but its CEO Adel Ali says there are no plans to cancel or defer any of these planes. He remains confident about Air Arabia’s position in the market, which has only further been complemented by its joint venture with Etihad to form Air Arabia Abu Dhabi. Air Arabia operates some 57 aircraft during normal times, most of which are the A320-200 with just five A321LR as well. Chief Executive Adel Ali spoke about the order at CAPA Live this week, saying, “We have not spoken to Airbus yet, because there was no need to. The order deliveries are planned at the moment for 2024. Every airline and every expert in the industry is saying the market should recover by then. Personally I believe the market will recover much faster. Ali said that capacity had been steadily picking up at Air Arabia. The airline has around 18 aircraft in service at the present time, although performance varies across different geographies. Morocco, he noted, is performing very well, at about 80% of previous capacity.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • FAA un-grounds the Boeing 737 MAX!
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ungrounded the Boeing 737 MAX, allowing it to enter commercial service again. Boeing has delivered 387 of the now un-grounded jets to customers across the globe. In addition, 395 built units have waited for the all-clear to be delivered to their final customers.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Aviationfly Team tours Dynamic Advanced Training Center in Dubai
    One of a kind training center with Full Flight Cabin Simulators for Commercial and Business Jets
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Qantas chooses Spatial Composite to deliver new Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainer!
    Spatial, based in the United Arab Emirates, is the world’s leading provider of cabin crew training simulators and will deliver a new wide-body Cabin Emergency Evacuation Training (CEET) to Qantas. Working in collaboration with the Qantas team the CEET will be a highly sophisticated device offering training on both A330 and B787 aircraft operations in a combined environment to meet Qantas training requirements. As well as offering training on the doors for both aircraft types in both normal and emergency modes, the CEET will deliver cockpit entry procedures training and feature fire, smoke and decompression simulations.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • A so-called ‘cash-for-clunkers’ scheme that sees airlines incentivised to retire older, more polluting aircraft in favour of newer jets could be part of a solution that accelerates the transition to greener fleets, European aerospace leaders have argued!
    Guillaume Faury, Airbus chief executive, told an online event organised by the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe, that such an initiative would be “a win for airlines, a win for the environment and a win for the whole aerospace supply chain” by stimulating demand. He adds: “We support it, we try to promote it and we would like this to come to reality sooner rather than later, to a limited extent.” But Faury cautions that any scheme would need to be rolled out in a “controlled manner” and “cannot only be about cash for clunkers”. This would have a huge impact on the simulator training infrastructure as well!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • AirAsia sees signs of recovery!
    “AirAsia’s domestic services in Thailand, for example, are already at close to 100 percent of pre-COVID capacity levels and there are similar strong positive signs from across the AirAsia Group, including in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, indicating that forward bookings for future travel are already on the rebound in our major markets,” AirAsia Group president Bo Lingam said. “The general outlook is that air travel will be bouncing back real soon; we expect to get back to pre-pandemic levels on many routes across the group by mid-2021, if not earlier. I am not alone in this prediction; it’s a common view shared by many industry colleagues – that it won’t take very long before mass tourism returns to normal globally,” Lingam said. AirAsia Philippines last September indicated that confidence in air travel is slowly returning and it sees travel demand getting stronger by next year. The airline reported an “impressive” commercial flights sales in August, closing the month with a 140 percent increase in seats sold. A third of bookings registered were for 2021, reflecting a demand for future travel, it said.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance support a globally harmonised approach to health testing to build a framework of trust!
    World’s airline alliances join together to call on international governments to act quickly to adopt testing protocols and digital health pass technology to reopen borders! The three global airline alliances, oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance, are in full support of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) second-phase Council on Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART). On behalf of their 58 member airlines, representing over 60% of world airline capacity and carrying over 1.87 billion passengers annually prior to the COVID-19 crisis, the three alliances are calling for a harmonised approach to testing that will form the foundation of a trust framework, as recommended by the ICAO guidelines.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Korean Air is said to be in talks to buy up rival Asiana Airlines in what would be a massive shake-up of South Korea's aviation industry.
    Hanjin Group, which owns Korean Air, is in discussions with Korea Development Bank – Asiana’s largest creditor – to buy the troubled airline, and plans to submit a 'letter of intent' to the bank this month. Both Asiana and Korean Air have an extensive fleet of twin-aisle aircraft, with significant overlap between the two. The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, is one such jet operated by both – Asiana has six, Korean has ten – with the Airbus A330-300 also a workhorse of the two, with Asiana having 15 and Korean Air having 21 A330-300s, as well as eight smaller A330-200s. Boeing 777s also feature in each airline's fleet. Korean Air has 44 in total, split across 26 Boeing 777-300ERs, four Boeing 777-300s, and 14 Boeing 777-200ERs: the latter of which, Asiana has nine. Both airlines have older planes that would be progressively phased out, although Asiana maintains a larger count of ageing jets with one Boeing 747-400 and 15 Boeing 767-300s, and Korean having just two Boeing 747-400s in passenger format.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Vietjet and UPS start joint cargo service between Asia and US!
    The agreement provides Vietjet with access to UPS’s extensive global network via UPS’s “browntails” while UPS will be able to tap on Vietjet’s extensive reach within Vietnam, Thailand and all over Asia.
    Source and discussion through this link.

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