Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 20 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 20 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:

  • US based Simulator Pilot Training Center Pan Am announced the acquisition of 2 Boeing 767 Full Flight Simulators!
    Both aviation training devices, currently located at DFW, Texas, are set to be relocated to the Pan Am Headquarters in Miami, FL. The level D, and level C simulators feature GE engine models, SMGCS and GPS capabilities. Prior to entry into training services, both simulators will undergo extensive upgrades! "The demand for B767 simulator time has increased dramatically over the past year and is forecasted to remain strong. Adding these simulators to our fleet, and incorporating the IS&S technology, clearly demonstrates how we are working with our customers to accommodate their training requirements." said Jeff Portanova, President of Pan Am Flight Academy. With the addition of these simulators, Pan Am will offer four (4) Boeing 767, full-flight simulators in service at its training facilities in Miami, FL.
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  • European Airline (ATR72/CRJ) Multi-Crew Pilot Program (MPL) launched!
    Estonian Airline Xfly together with the Estonian Aviation Academy, Pakker Avio and the Estonian Aviation Cluster have entered into an agreement to train new pilots using a MPL curriculumn. Anton Õnnik, CCO of Xfly, said “We foresee a rapid increase in the demand of the services of Xfly in the next few years, and therefore we estimate that just in Estonia, we require 70 additional pilots in four years. Since the national study programme of the Estonian Aviation Academy allows for training just 10 pilots a year, it is obvious that it would not cover our necessity even if all the young pilots were hired by us. Therefore, we launched a study programme in cooperation with our partners. The programme also has huge export potential,”. Estonian Aviation Academy will provide the theoretical training component. Pakker Avio will conduct the practical flight training.
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  • Australian Airline Qantas has shared further information on their training center plans through their property review:
    - Confirmed the construction of a new Flight Training Centre with aircraft simulators to be based in New South Wales from 2023.
    - A new Flight Training Centre is being built at Brisbane Airport with the first pilots due to commence training there from November 2021.
    - Existing Flight Training Centre in Melbourne to be expanded with work already well underway.
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  • Vietjet/Airbus Training Center Joint Venture in Ho Chi Minh City instals its second Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulator!
    The training center is known as Vietjet Aviation Academy and Airbus Vietnam Training Center! Over the past few years we have seen numerous Airbus A320 Simulator deployments into Vietnam by:
    - CAE (through its Joint Venture with Vietnam Airlines)
    - BAA Training (through its independent training center)
    - Airbus (through its Joint Venture with Vietjet)
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  • Skyborne Aviation Group Completes Acquisition of Vero Beach Flight Academy, Florida
    “Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach” will be the first pilot training base in the United States for the UK-headquartered airline academy. “Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach” offers prospective pilots a full-time FAA Part 141 approved training on a 12-month residential program, airline pathway programs with leading US airlines, plus Private, Instrument, Commercial and Instructor courses. It will also serve as a fair-weather base for Skyborne’s UK CAA Integrated ATPL programme, and welcome trainees from the Academy’s IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme as they complete their US FAA 141 CPL SEIR plus ME flying. Skyborne has also just launched a brand new dedicated website for Skyborne Vero Beach Academy.
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  • Pier Seven Aviation expands its pilot training infrastructure in the Middle East with the addition of a Boeing B747 Full Flight Simulator
    The wide-body aircraft simulator will expand its training offering from the current A320 and B737 Classic training capability and seeks to support Boeing 747 operators throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Khushbeg Jattana, MRAeS, CEO of P7 Aviation commented “The global pandemic has resulted in a number of passenger airlines retiring their Boeing 747 aircraft but these aircraft have found another use – cargo. In March 2020 281 Boeing 747 aircraft were recorded to be actively flying by December of last year that number has risen to more than 300! P7 Aviation wanted to bring this Boeing 747 pilot training infrastructure to the region to support operators with a location that is globally accessible. The B747 Full Flight Simulator is ready for training and like all P7 Aviation devices EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) approved.
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  • ALSIM sells FNPT II simulator to Turkish Flight School
    ALSIM, the global flight simulator manufacturer headquartered in France, is strengthening its presence in Turkey. Bluewings Aviation, a DGCA approved General Aviation Company located in Çorlu, Turkey, has recently bought an ALSIM AL250 simulator. The AL250 simulator addresses initial phase training needs (PPL, CPL, IR/ME) and is SEP/MEP re-configurable simulator certified as an EASA FNPT II. This device has been extremely well received since its creation and more than 65 of these have already been installed and are in successful operation worldwide.
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  • Global Pilot demand versus supply forecast analysis by Oliver Wyman!
    Check out the graph here.
  • Global Wings Aviation Academy (a European pilot examination & training organization) is looking at the possibility of opening a European EASA Examination Centre for PPL, ATPL, CPL Exams in Asia for Existing pilot ICAO TO EASA Conversions.
    For any organisation interested in learning more or interested in partnering kindly connect with Alice Davidson.
    Source.
  • New venture, Aircraft Briefings, launches to provide animated briefing solutions and aviation graphics for the Aviation industry!
    Check out the website here.
  • Interesting article by Wired looking at advanced Pilot Training - "The Plane Paradox: More automation should mean more training"!
    "It requires much more training and experience, not less, to fly highly automated planes.” Pilots must have a mental model of both the aircraft and its primary systems, as well as how the flight automation works." - Capt Chesley Sullenberger.
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  • VRM Switzerland receives EASA’s first approval for a VR flight simulator!
    VRM Switzerland has announced certification of its Robinson R22 Virtual Reality Training Device by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) — the first such approval by an aviation authority for a VR flight simulation training device (FSTD). The device is certified to the level of Flight Navigation Procedures Trainer (FNPT) II, allowing users to credit up to five hours of training toward an EASA private pilot license, and up to 10 or 20 hours for a commercial pilot license, depending on the training concept. Up to five hours can be credited for night flight training. VRM Switzerland’s training device incorporates the high-resolution Varjo VR-3 head mounted display and pose tracking with a VR haptic cockpit on a six-degrees-of-freedom motion platform.
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  • Interesting interview with Thibaut Trancart, Managing Director at CAE Middle East about Military Pilot Training!
    Source.
  • Global Aviation Conglomerate Avia Solutions Group is looking for a CEO for its new representation office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates!
    ASG owns companies such as BAA Training, AeroTime Hub, AviationCV.com, KlasJet, FL Technics, Aircraft Maintenance and Repair Organisation, SmartLynx Airlines Ltd and a few more. They are looking for a qualified leader to help our subsidiaries reside and grow in the Middle East region.
    Source
  • Gulfstream Deliveries, Orders Soar in First Quarter!
    - Gulfstream Aerospace marked one of its strongest sales quarters in the past two years
    - Gulfstream handed over 25 large aircraft in the first quarter, up from the 20 a year earlier
  • Emirates to recover 70% of its capacity 'by winter', chief commercial officer says!
    - Dubai-based airline is bullish on travel recovery ahead of the Expo 2020 event to be hosted by the emirate in October
    - It is boosting its capacity as it rebuilds its global passenger network, said chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim yesterday.
    - It currently serves 120 destinations, about 85 per cent of its pre-pandemic network.
    - Cargo demand helped Emirates to begin rebuilding its network and it currently operates all of its 151 Boeing 777 jets, said Mr Kazim.
    - The airline plans to ensure an additional 30 to 40 Airbus A380s return to service over the summer but this will depend on air travel demand, he said.
    Source
  • Qatar Airways Eyes A Stake In India’s IndiGo Airline!
    Qatar Airways has announced that it is interested in buying a stake in India’s low-cost giant IndiGo. The Doha-based airline currently has a codeshare agreement with IndiGo to connect more destinations. Despite the challenges of the last year, Qatar sees IndiGo as a valuable asset considering its efficiency and market position. In an interview with Mint, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said that he is very keen on picking up a stake in budget giant IndiGo. This isn’t the first time Qatar has signaled interest in buying a part of the airline, with similar talks in 2019. Previous discussions did not lead to fruition, with Mr. Al Baker saying then, “I don’t think this is the right time.” However, nearly two years later, Mr. Al Baker is once again raising the subject of purchasing a stake in IndiGo. Qatar Airways sees IndiGo as a strong partner and a way to further deepen ties into the important Indian market.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Fresh capital investments into low cost carriers in South-East Asia
    - Philippines low cost carrier Cebu Pacific raised US$250 million from International Finance Corp, IFC Emerging Asia Fund and IndiGo Philippines! *IFC is a member of the World Bank Group & *IndiGo Partners is a US based private equity firm which has investment experience in Frontier Airlines (US), Volaris (Mexico), Wizz Air 9Hungary) and JetSMART (Chile). Especially IndiGo Partners investment in Cebu Pacific is a great sign of confidence in its position once more of a sustained recovery starts!
    - Thailand's Air Asia unit to receive up to US$100 million from new investor

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