Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 22 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 22 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:

  • Curious to know how the world's largest pilot training group did last year?
    We just published our CAE Earnings Review for Q4 and the year!
    Some of the highlights:
    - 47% annual training centre utilisation
    - 11 Full Flight Simulators sold
    - 36 FFS delivered (Forecasting 30 deliveries 2022)
    - CAE increased its FFS network to 317 and consolidated its centers (UK: 5 to 3, Europe: Process ongoing from 17 to 13, South America: Process ongoing from 6 to 4)
    - Growth and maintenance capital expenditures totaled $107.6mn
    - $1.3 billion of civil training solutions contracts signed
    - CAE's capital raises enabled five highly strategic acquisitions
    - With the Company’s current view of attractive market-led expansion investment opportunities, CAE expects total capital expenditures to more than double in fiscal year 2022 vs. the prior year.
    And much more detailed information in our review.
  • Africa will see a new Full Flight Simulator Training Center start operations in 2021!
    Prodigy Aviation Solutions led by Capt Idriss Chedjou has just announced that operations of the newly established Prodigy Aviation Training Centre will start in 2021 to support operators in West and Central Africa. Following last November’s announcement, together with the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), of the plan to establish a training center the Prodigy Avia Solutions Team has worked with a number of African Airlines, the Ghana Government and international strategic partners the meet the timeline of starting operations in the fourth quarter of 2021. The 4-bay simulator training center will start operations with a Boeing B737 Classic Full Flight Simulator and the management team is currently in advanced discussions to bring two more devices in 2021. Prodigy Aviation Solutions will share details over the coming weeks on PATC’s dedicated website patc.aero about the training center facilities, regional and international partnerships, additional training courses which will be offered by the center and the additional simulators being planned.
    Source
  • Pilot Simulator Training Center Acquisition announcement!
    Czech Aviation Training Centre (CATC) has awarded the acquisition bid to Skyvax - a Malaysian Aviation Training Company! CATC was a Czech Government owned aviation training center which offered pilot training, aircraft engineering training and cabin crew training. Skyvax has been a customer of CATC for over 8 years sending trainees to CATC resulting in revenues of close to Euro 10 million! CATC currently is able to offer training on the following full flight simulators: B737MAX, B737NG, A320, ATR72/42-500/600 and L-410. Currently Skyvax has a total of 74 cadets, of which 71 are training with CATC (the cadets are a mix of self-funded and Malaysian Airlines cadets).
    Source
  • US Aviation Trainer - Epic Flight Academy is excited to announce that it has signed a letter of agreement with Piper Aircraft!
    Epic are proud to work with the legacy aircraft manufacture, in which Epic's A&P students can enjoy the opportunity to work for Piper Aircraft - with piper becoming a Hiring Partner.
  • Moorabbin Aviation Services, one of Australia's larger Flight Schools is concerned about its future as borders remain closed!
    MAS has over 50+ Flight Training Aircraft across 2 Campus and used to train a large number of Chinese Airline Cadets!
    Source
  • The first Civil Aviation Training Academy in Oman - Oman Aviation Academy - is hiring for a number of roles!
    Source
  • European Pilot Training Group OSM Aviation is looking for an experienced EASA Flight Instructor to support their EASA Flight Training ambitions in the US!!
    Your role will be to act as the EASA Chief Flight instructor and be part of the local management team.
    Source
  • Ryanair Buys A 737 MAX MPS Simulator In Preparation For Type’s Arrival!
    Along with its order for 75 new 737 MAXs, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has also ordered a new simulator for the variant. The simulator will be made by Simulator Manufacturer MPS and used for type rating on the 737 MAX and training in line with the EU’s ungrounding of the MAX. The new simulator will remain at Ryanair’s Dublin facility. The carrier took its first B737MAX simulator in March 2019, the same month the MAX was grounded for 20 months. The first MAX simulator is housed in London’s Stansted Airport and more have since joined the facility. In total, the airline plans to have five simulators for the MAX and operates nearly 20 in total.
    Source
  • Wright Brothers Flight Technology is pleased to announce another certification of our DA40 simulator at the Longhao Flight school!
    This is their third Wright Brothers DA40 simulator added to their fleet! The global pandemic has led to a surge in the development of the domestic Chinese Pilot Training infrastructure with close to 20 new flight schools..
    Source
  • The ATO Learn To Fly, based in Melbourne, Australia, renews its confidence in ALSIM in acquiring a second ALSIM AL42 flight simulator for their Diamond Airline Academy program.
    The AL42 is the exact replica of the Diamond DA42, built using genuine aircraft parts and equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. The Academy has hinted that they will soon train cadets for a major airline - could this be Qantas/Virgin Australia or an international one (although borders are shut..)?
    Source
  • The average age of active airline transport license pilots has steadily increased over the past two decades - sitting now at 51 years old..
    Latest data released by the FAA
  • DeVoe School of Business at Indiana Wesleyan University is pleased to announce the development of two new undergraduate programs:
    - Associate of Science with a Professional Pilot Major
    - Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management
    Starting in Indiana, Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is partnering with select flight schools to offer local flight training in conjunction with a flexible online degree program, so students can simultaneously earn an associate or bachelor’s degree and their flight ratings. In these programs, students take classes online while dedicating several hours each week to flight training at a local flight school. Because of IWU’s unique flight school partnership model, students can utilize financial aid to help cover the costs associated with flight training, and they can also transfer in previously earned credit or pilot certificates using IWU’s transfer policy. IWU is currently partnered with two flight schools in Indiana: Sweet Aviation in Fort Wayne and Jeff Air Pilot Services in Greenwood.
    Source
  • SMBC Aviation Capital places order for 14 more Boeing 737MAX 8
    This will bring SMBC Aviation Capital's 737MAX portfolio to 121 Aircraft!
    Recently it deployed 11 aircraft to Southwest Airlines and 2 to TUI!
    Source
  • Global Consulting Group - McKinsey share their thoughts on the future of the aviation industry!
    "The more optimistic scenario might have us back to normal, or at least back to 2019 volumes, by the end of 2022. The one caveat I would make is that in this industry, you can’t have more passengers than you have seats. This is an industry where we make relatively important decisions about capacity with long lead times. You can’t snap your fingers and bring back planes that you’ve parked in the desert. To recall furloughed pilots, it takes time. Even if demand comes back sooner, it may be that we don’t see the volumes come back until well into 2023, simply because the industry isn’t yet prepared to accept those passengers."
    Source
  • Vietnam's Vietjet has announced it is looking to hire Airbus A330 Captains and First Officers!
    Source
  • European Low Cost Carrier Airline - Ryanair in Talks to Buy 100 Boeing 737 Max, CEO Tells British Media Outlet - Daily Mail!
    - CEO wants to have a deal by the end of the year to buy at least 100 737 Max 10 jets from Boeing
    - The planes carry 230 passengers each, versus 197 for Ryanair’s current fleet.
    - Ryanair has already ordered 210 Max-8200 and will receive the first 60 of them by next April, taking its fleet to 510.
    Source
  • Positive headlines from the Chief Executive Officers of two of the largest low cost carriers in the Middle East:
    - flydubai Will Bring Back 1000 Employees
    - Air Arabia CEO sees 'much better' second-half of the year for air travel
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Irish Pilots call for rapid antigen tests to reopen aviation!
    The Irish Airline Pilots' Association has urged the Government to urgently deploy rapid antigen testing for Covid-19 as part of the union's four-point plan to reopen international aviation. On EU travel, they urged the Government to fully implement the European Commission Digital Green Certificate "on the first day of the 6-week grace period", arguing that the necessary IT infrastructure is in place.
    Source
  • Airbus tells suppliers to get ready for 18% output hike in 2022!
    Airbus is asking key suppliers to get ready for a further 18% increase in A320-family jet output by the end of 2022, on top of existing targets for this year, as airlines eye a partial return to normal travel, industry sources said. The tentative new planning goal would lift output of the workhorse domestic and medium-haul jet, which competes with Boeing's BA.N 737 MAX, to 53 a month, they told Reuters. The number being floated for the end of next year remains informal and Airbus has only committed so far to raising output in two steps to 45 a month by the end of 2021, from 40 now.
    Source
  • United Airlines to boost July flight schedule, to reach 80% of pre-pandemic levels!
    Source

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