Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 17 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 17 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:

  • Middle East Simulator Training Center's, P7 Aviation, Chief Executive Officer Khushbeg Jattana appointed Director of UK Simulator Training Center Quadrant Systems!
  • US Pilot Training Group - ATP Flight School - announces partnership with CommutAir for a fast-track hiring process for ATP students and instructors.
    The program provides applicants a conditional job offer for a first officer position upon the successful completion of a background check and technical interview, creating a more streamlined hiring and onboarding experience for qualified candidates. Both CommutAir and ATP are United Aviate partners!
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  • Western Michigan University College of Aviation expansion expected to be completed later this year
    Dave Powell, Dean, was relentless in his efforts to secure funding to expand the school that's based at Battle Creek’s Executive Airport from its current 16,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet ($22 million project). Currently, there are 1,200 students enrolled in the College of Aviation. While the majority seek to become professional pilots, others are focusing on careers in airline management and administration and aircraft mechanics and maintenance. The new facility will enable the college to increase its enrollment to a total of between 2,000 and 2,400 students. It will offer new classroom space, a computer room, composites/paint laboratory upgrades, a state-of-the-art simulation center, a premier research center, student briefing rooms, faculty office space, a café, and other amenities, as well as the latest technology. During the past 11 years, Powell says there has been an 80 percent increase in enrollment at the Aviation College. On Dec. 16 the program was forced to stop accepting flight students because of the lack of funding, faculty, and staff to adequately support their studies.
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  • This week's Pilot Training industry vacancies:
    - Alpha Aviation Academy UAE is looking for a Head of Training: More information found here
  • Another big week of US Airline hiring announcements:
    - Southwest recalling 200 pilots
    - SkyWest is now hiring First Officers
    - NetJets planning to hire 150 pilots this year
    - Flexjet is planning on hiring pilots
  • The largest regional airline in the US, SkyWest, with a fleet of 420 aircraft has started hiring First Officers again!
    SkyWest operates an average of more than 2,400 flights per day to 250 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico with an extensive network of routes largely set up to connect passengers between smaller airports and the large hubs of its partner airlines. Great sign of the recovery of the aviation industry in the US!
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  • Piper Debuts New Flight Training Aircraft - Piper 100i at US Aviation Festival Sun ‘n Fun
    After a long wait, the company is showing off serial number 17 at the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo April 13 to 18, giving folks a chance to see up close the subtle differences that lay beneath the new white paint. The airplane achieved type certification in December 2020, and deliveries began to American Flyers, the Texas-based flight training organization, which accepted eight aircraft by the end of 2020. So, what’s new? Piper took the opportunity to make a number of changes to the way the aircraft came together on the production line, saving hours and cost in manufacturing that have been passed along to customers—the price stays under $300,000 as a result. According to Piper’s vice president of sales, marketing and customer support Ron Gunnarson, “Adding the Pilot 100i to our training product line at a price point that provides optimal economics has opened the door for new aircraft purchases for many flight schools. We are experiencing robust demand with 2021 production currently sold out.
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  • Great Dane Airlines and Horisont ATO expand their collaboration to include Base training for external clients on the Airlines ERJ 195.
    Base training / Landing training will for the future be available for all training organisations, individual pilots, Airlines.
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  • US domestic air travel is expected to make a full recovery by early 2022, according to a recent report from consulting firm Oliver Wyman
    The consulting firm says the country’s swift vaccine rollout and the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill will drive an increase in domestic leisure travel. The firm’s projections are also banking on pent-up travel demand from US vacationers.
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  • More European airlines plan entry than have gone bust during pandemic!
    "CAPA's databases record 18 new-start airlines in various stages of plans to launch in Europe! Perhaps the highest profile start-ups planned in 2021 are the long haul low cost operators Norse Atlantic Airways (Europe to US) and flypop (UK to South Asia), and the Norway-based short haul LCC Flyr. However, the list also includes Airseven, Sky Alps, Andorra Airlines, Heston Airlines, Jump Air, PRAGUSA ONE, Bees Airline, HiSky, ASL Airlines UK, CMA CGM AIR CARGO, EGO Airways, Fly Armenia Airways, PLAY, ExtraJet and Italian Airways."
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  • Room To Grow: Delta Air Lines Flying 90% Of Fleet But Underutilizing It!
    - The airline is bringing up its capacity ahead of summer
    - That capacity level will increase on May 1st once Delta unblocks middle seats for sale.
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  • A Munich-based company hopes to help usher in a new era of coronavirus testing with an eye scan that, it says, takes just three minutes to identify carriers of the disease and has a hit rate of 95 per cent.
    Semic RF has developed its scanning app with colleagues in the United States and, pending regulatory approval, hopes to start rolling it out there by the end of next month, says its managing director, Wolfgang Gruber. It uses a photo of the eye taken with a smartphone, and identifies the virus by means of a symptomatic inflammation called “pink eye”. “We managed to isolate Covid-19 from over two million different shades of pink,” Gruber told Reuters. He says the app, already tested on over 70,000 individuals, can process up to a million scans per second and the option to expand that capacity further - potentially allowing crowds back into mass-attendance events like concerts and football matches.
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