Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 21 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 21 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 Court Ruling poses a risk to smaller US Flight Schools and could potentially change the whole US Pilot Training Industry..
    The ruling could cause major headaches for flight schools just as airlines begin to again warn of a pilot shortage in the coming years. In a 2 April ruling, a US district court threw into question rules under which hundreds of small flight schools operate, raising the possibility that the schools might need to obtain additional certifications in order to operate legally, according to AOPA. That wording seems to suggest that independent instructors and flight schools, in addition to being qualified to teach, must have certifications to transport “persons carried for compensation”. That implies flight schools must now apply for an operating certificate that would allow this kind of operation – a bureaucratic, time-consuming and cost-prohibitive process that could put many small flight schools out of business. While the ruling appears to apply to all flight schools, it’s the Part 61 schools – which account for the vast majority of US flight schools – for which the ruling is more critical. They are less likely to be able to fulfil requirements of a commercial carriage certificate, critics warn.
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  • Egypt Air's Simulator Training Center achieves two important milestones..
    EgyptAir Training Academy had its A320neo Full Flight Simulator certified by EASA and has its Airbus A220 Full Flight Simulator go into service!
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  • UK Pilot Training Organisation Leading Edge Aviation takes delivery of a brand new Diamond DA42 FNPT II Simulator!
    The device forms an important part of the Multi-Engine phase of training and with a growing number of students, the second DA42 simulator couldn’t come soon enough for the company. It sits alongside their existing DA42 and A320 simulators situated at their Sim Centre next door to their Oxford Airport base. LEAL’s COO, Dave Alexander: “As Leading Edge Aviation grows, we want to continue to offer our student pilots the most advanced training possible. The DA42 simulator from Diamond will enable us to support our students not only with the best technology, but also in a timely manner. As we continue to expand, it’s important that we also increase our training capacity.“
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  • Simulator Manufacturer ALSIM win's tender by the Academic Aviation Training Center of the Military University of Aviation of Poland for the supply of a simulator for Diamond DA40 and DA42 Training!
    Alsim is thrilled to announce the successful FNPT II qualification of the AL40/42 simulator by Polish Civil Aviation Authority, allowing to credit maximum training hours for PBN and IR trainings. The device reproduces the Diamond specific interior cockpits and flight decks. Changing from the DA42 to the DA40 configuration is fast and easy and is performed by swapping only the dashboard and the middle console. The conversion kit provides two cockpit and central panels, including all a/c system switches, Garmin avionics, as well as the specific power levers, fuel selection and yaw trim panels. The switch of the central panel can be optional as the DA40 configuration will be compatible with the DA42’s one.
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  • US Aviation Training Group - Spartan College and SAMS Academy Partner for Pilot Training Program!
    Officials at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology announce the most recent Pathway Program partner, SAMS Academy. SAMS Academy is a public STEM charter school located in Albuquerque, NM, with an aviation curriculum. For the graduates of SAMS Academy who have earned their private pilot's certificate, the Spartan Pathway Program can reduce the training time needed to achieve their FAA-approved Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor certificate along with an associate degree in Aviation Flight. "This partnership is centered around providing a clear pathway for SAMS students to achieve an associate degree and earn their flight ratings after completion of their high school aviation program," said Daniel Bregman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development at Spartan.
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  • Flight Training Management Software provider expands its global footprint to the US with providing its software to Skyborne's new facility in Vero Beach, Florida.
    Skyborne was already a client of FlightLogger through their UK Flight Training operations and now is expanding that coverage to the flight training in the US so that cadets have their personal flight training syllabus, records, training reports, relevant manuals and technical information all easily accessible. FlightLogger has also announced the onboarding of another pilot training organisation - Icelandic Aviation Training (IAT) a brand new flight school which has just been ranted ATO approval by the Icelandic Transport Authority.
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  • Lear Jet Heir - Erin Lear launches 'Birde" the First Female Aviation Academy
    Scheduled to open in 2024, the Academy will be the first to market Bye e-flyers which are said to have a ten-fold reduction in operating costs and are the first all-electric airplane in the United States. According to Lear, “Covid-19 slowed down the launch process for the Academy as well as Bye Aerospace’s production.” However, Lear remains enthusiastic about both endeavors because it is about "opening the door" for more females to get into aviation via the Academy’s lower cost financial model.” The program is already starting to takeoff with Lear sharing “there are 100’s of potential students (predominantly females) already on the wait list for enrollment and 726 Bye Aerospace deposits on the eFlyers that go into production in 2023.” Because there are zero 'female only' flight schools that Lear knows of, other than the Academy, Lear envisions her students will “develop lifelong friendships and not feel so alone going into a predominantly male industry.
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  • ATP Flight School Opens New Pilot Training Center in Dallas With Plans to Train 20,000 Pilots by 2030!
    Every aspect of the 13,875 square-foot facility was developed to deliver airline pilot training as efficiently as possible. Carefully designed classroom and briefing spaces complement an advanced simulator bay containing multiple flight training devices (FTDs). The ATP Arlington Campus also includes a new state-of-the-art FAA Certified Level 6 Cessna 172 FTD specifically designed for advanced training and successful certification outcomes. The Arlington facility joins ATP's 60 other locations nationwide to increase capacity and train 20,000 airline pilots over the next 10 years.
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  • Southeast Missouri State University partners with US Airline Republic Airways for pilot program!
    Southeast Missouri State announced in December they would partner up with the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and U.S. Aviation Group to start a professional pilot program. Starting in fall 2021, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot.
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  • Did you know US based Metropolitan State University has 26 Pilot Training Frasca Simulators in one instruction room?
    Interesting video coverage of MSU Pilot Training Program.
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  • What will happen to the Australian Flight Training Industry?
    The Australian budget has hinted international borders won’t fully reopen until the middle of 2022 – significantly later than Sunday’s estimate of simply “2022”. The budget papers read, “Inbound and outbound international travel is expected to remain low through to mid-2022, after which gradual recovery in international tourism is assumed to occur.”
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  • Aeronews - "FlyDubai has said that all staff on unpaid leave are coming back between June and December 2021 due to an estimated rise in flights at the end 2021 / beginning 2022.
    FlyDubai expects to return to its full schedule by Christmas 2021."
  • Great to see Saudi Arabia's Flyadeal restart hiring!
    The fast growing low cost carrier in Saudi is currently looking for Airbus A320 (rated and non-type rated) Captains and First Officers!
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  • Positive headlines coming out of the US Aviation Industry:
    - Las Vegas-based airline Allegiant is hiring nearly 200 pilots. This is a 19% jump to the current number of pilots. The new hires will be begin training in July. Allegiant says air travel is starting to rebound these pilots are being hired to keep up with the increasing demand.
    - Horizon and SkyWest Order 17 New E175s for Operation with Alaska Airlines
  • US based Mesa Air Hopes to Exceed Pre-Pandemic Capacity for Partner American by September!
    In fact, CEO Jonathan Ornstein said it will fly 100 percent of its pre-pandemic capacity for American by June. And, by September, the regional will fly more than its pre-pandemic capacity for the Fort Worth, Texas-based mainline carrier! Interestingly they are now looking to expand to Europe - Mesa is, however, bullish about its European operation. Concrete details were scant during Mesa’s quarterly earnings call on Monday, but the regional is moving ahead in getting a European air operators certificate and is working with Gramercy Associates on the project. European regional flying is undergoing a transformation in the wake of Covid, presenting Mesa with opportunities for growth, Ornstein said. Moreover, a European operation will allow Mesa to put some of its “surplus CRJ900s” to use, he said. Mesa did not define a timeline for when the operation may launch, however.
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  • While the global roll-out of vaccines continues at the same time there is rapid innovation in testing capabilities...could this be a game changer for international travel?
    British Airways is the world's first airline to trial the "highly intelligent" saliva test which can detect coronavirus variants in 25 seconds!
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