Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 23 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 23 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:

  • This must be one of the most positive announcements we have come across this year!
    Throughout the pandemic, AeroGuard Flight Training Center has continued to grow its SkyWest Pathway Program! Now that SkyWest Airlines is hiring again they continue to value AeroGuard graduates and as a result have recently announced the availability of a US$17,500 tuition reimbursement for eligible AeroGuard cadets! With Horizon Air and Endeavor Air also announcing $11,000 and $10,000 tuition reimbursement in the past few weeks there is talks that operators in the US are worried about pilot availability in 2022.
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  • Pilot training puzzle tests U.S. airlines as travel takes off!
    Thousands of pilots at Delta and American have lost their active status, which lapses after 90 days of not flying, at some point over the past year as the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on air travel and brought airlines to their knees. But a long U.S. Memorial Day weekend from Friday is expected to usher in a forecast surge in summer leisure travel that will test the ability of airlines to manage a long-awaited comeback. While the airlines have already retrained many of their pilots, the travel revival has forced Delta and American to seek more simulators and flight instructors to expedite training and unblock a logjam, people with knowledge of the matter said. Volatility in pilot availability has plagued the US airline industry, which lurched from worldwide shortages before COVID-19 to unemployment or furlough schemes during the pandemic and now renewed concerns about bottlenecks in the key U.S. market.
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  • The trend of ATP-CTP pilot training courses being integrated with Flight Schools continues in the US.
    Nashville Flight Training has joined with International Aviation Services (IAS) to offer student pilots a direct, FAA-approved track to the highest certification in the industry: Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). The partnership enables student pilots enrolled at Nashville Flight Training a path to receive expert ground instruction as well as personal training in a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 or A330 full-motion Level D simulator at IAS’s facility in Miami.
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  • Emirates recalls some furloughed pilots as operations ramp up!
    Emirates airline said some of its pilots who were furloughed last year due to Covid-19 have returned to work as it ramps up its operations amid signs of a recovery in air travel. “As demand slowly and gradually returns, Emirates has been positioning itself to support the scaling up of operations and we have already recalled some of our pilots back to flying status,” an Emirates spokeswoman told The National yesterday. Last week, Emirates' low-cost sister airline Flydubai said it has asked its furloughed staff to return to work from June amid rising optimism about a rebound in summer travel. Dubai International Airport was the world's busiest for international flights in May, according to aviation intelligence consultancy OAG.
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  • US Aviation Training College - Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has taken delivery of 30 brand new Piper Archer aircraft!
    Spartan made an order of 32 brand new Piper Aircraft back in December 2020 and has since then received the historic delivery of the 5000th Piper Archer Aircraft! Founded 92 years ago, Spartan College is one of the Nation’s first technical training schools for pilots and aviation maintenance. Spartan College is located in the following areas: Tulsa, Okla.; Los Angeles; Inland Empire, Calif.; and Denver. “Since 1928, Spartan has trained and changed the lives of more than 100,000 pilots and mechanics serving in civil and military careers. With the purchase of these aircraft, we are re-committing ourselves to our current and future students, and the aviation industry as a whole,” said Spartan College CEO Rob Polston.
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  • Qatar Airways Is Already Rehiring Pilots And Crew!
    As travel begins slowly recovering, Qatar Airways has begun the process of expanding once again. The airline is already recruiting pilots and cabin crew once again, giving precedence to those laid off due to the pandemic. During an exclusive interview with Simple Flying this week, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker spoke at length about the future of the airline. Dark days seem to be behind Qatar Airways. CEO Akbar Al Baker has confirmed that the airline has begun the process of rehiring some pilots and cabin crew as demand returns. Currently, priority is being given to offering jobs to former Qatar Airways pilots and crew who were made redundant last year during cuts. According to a report from Simple Flying in February, Qatar Airways has reached out to Boeing 777 and 787 pilots for rehiring invitations. While this offer seems to be limited currently, it’s clear that the airline plans to slowly send out more hiring invitations in the coming months.
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  • Accreditation procedures for Oman's first pilot training academy almost complete!
    The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has completed nearly 75 per cent of the accreditation requirements to establish the first pilot training academy in Oman - Oman Aviation Academy! In preparation for the next phase of the Academy’s work, the authority examined and licensed the first two of the eight Diamond aircraft to be used, the statement added.
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  • Flight Safety International's Dash 8 Flight Training Simulator Launched At Kenya Airways Pride Centre!
    It's the first in East Africa and the third in Africa with the other two in Ethiopia and South Africa! Speaking during a media experience of the Dash 8-400 simulator, Jambojet Acting Managing Director, Karanja Ndegwa noted that having the simulator closer to operations will improve efficiencies and reduce Jambojet’s operating costs by at least 10%. “Operational excellence is one of our key pillars at Jambojet. Having the simulator here ensures our pilots do not have to travel outside the continent for training every six months, therefore maintaining our reliability, efficiency and safety standards,” said Ndegwa. The simulator which includes instructor-led courses is installed at the Kenya Airways Pride Centre in Nairobi and qualified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the civil aviation authorities in Kenya.
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  • The new independent simulator training center for West and Central Africa - Prodigy Aviation Training Centre - launches Website!
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  • Global Pilot Training Group BAA Training hints at new Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) Program at its training base in Vietnam!
    In cooperation with a local airline, BAA Training Vietnam is about to launch an Airbus A320 MPL training program with the following syllabus:
    - Theory Training at BAA Training Vietnam
    - Flight Training at BAA Training Spain's Flight School location
    - Advanced Simulator Training at BAA Training Vietnam
    The minimum entry requirements do not mention whether applicants have to be Vietnamese Nationals. More to be revealed shortly.
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  • US's Delta Air Lines President makes statement that the US Domestic leisure travel will be 100% restored by June!
    Americans making summer vacation plans are about to find airfare costs are near or even above pre-pandemic levels, according to the nation's major airlines. Executives from most of the major carriers said the recovery in domestic leisure travel is already here. That means yields, which measure how much passengers pay for every mile traveled, are up more than the airlines had been forecasting. "Domestic leisure [travel] will be 100% restored by June, with ... bookings ahead of 2019 levels and yields essentially recovered," said Glen Hauenstein, president of Delta Air Lines (DAL), speaking at the Wolfe Research conference. United (UAL) said in a filing that overall yields on tickets booked this month for travel in May and June are already near 2019 levels.
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  • Emirates chief says international air travel could return at ‘staggering rate’!
    A successful global Covid-19 vaccination programme could see international air travel return at a “staggering rate” later this year, but only if “restraints” on travel are removed, in the view of Emirates Airline president Tim Clark.
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  • The number of worldwide active aircraft is steadily growing!
    "From February 2021 until today, we have seen a positive trend with more and more aircraft coming out of temporary storage. At the moment, the total global fleet counts 27,609 aircraft, out of which 20,027 are active and 7,582 grounded. If we compare these numbers to April 2021, we can see the number of active aircraft has increased slightly, while the number of grounded aircraft has decreased but marginally. Asia and North America continue to have the highest number of active aircraft for the fifth month in a row. Asia counts 7,361 active aircraft, a 2.6% decrease compared to April 2021. North America counts 6,360 active aircraft followed by Europe with 4,416 while Africa counts 778, South America 736, and Oceania 646. Europe has seen the highest jump where the number of active aircraft has increased by 8%, compared to last month’s figures."
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  • Dynamic Advanced Training is hosting a Business Jet Breakfast Networking Event this week in Dubai, UAE!
    For those who haven't yet had the opportunity to visit Dynamic Advanced Training, on Thursday, 10th June 2021 Dynamic shall be hosting a business jet breakfast networking event including a facility tour for business jet owners, aircrew and managers.
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  • Covid-19 breath test trialled in Dubai is approved for use in Singapore!
    BreFence Go was designed to deliver accurate results within one minute and was developed by start-up Breathonix and scientists at the National University of Singapore. Under the pilot scheme, anyone who tests positive after using the breathalyser would be asked to take confirmatory PCR swab screening. Singapore currently screens entrants with antigen rapid tests. This process would continue alongside the trial.
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  • GoAir and SpiceJet Enter Informal Agreement to Combine Low-Load Flights!
    - In a first-of-its-kind agreement during the pandemic, low-cost rivals GoAir and SpiceJet have agreed to an informal flight combination pact.
    - The agreement will see the two airlines cancel flights with low loads and redirect passengers onto each other’s alternate flights.
    - Effectively, the agreement allows either SpiceJet or GoAir to cancel their flight to the same destination due to a light passenger load and move passengers to the other airline’s flight. In turn, the carrier flying will charge the other the government-set price for the route. This allows SpiceJet and GoAir to save thousands in fuel costs, crew charges, landing and takeoff fees, and more.
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