Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 23rd of November

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 23rd of November

Every Monday Aviationfly releases the latest Marketplace Request for Proposals, Supplier Directory updates and Aviation Industry news headlines from the previous week. Here is a recap of last week (we are temporarily not publishing Marketplace or Supplier Directory or Marketplace as we are updating the system):

Aviation Industry News:

  • CAE to acquire TRU Simulation & Training Canada!
    CAE today announced that it has concluded a conditional agreement with Textron to acquire TRU Simulation + Training Canada for a cash consideration of approximately US$40 million. The acquisition of TRU Canada expands CAE's global installed base of commercial flight simulators and customers, and the addressable market for simulator lifecycle support services. TRU Canada also brings with it a backlog of simulator orders, full-flight simulator assets and provides access to a number of airline customers globally. Included in the transaction is its Montreal manufacturing operations, as well as ETOPS entities in France and Malaysia and a minority interest in a joint venture in Iceland. "We look forward to integrating the TRU Canada business within CAE. This acquisition demonstrates our ability to bolster our position and expand our addressable market and our global customer base during this unprecedented period of disruption." said Marc Parent, CAE's President and Chief Executive Officer.
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  • Wanfeng delivered its Diamond aircraft to world's largest civil aviation school, signed strategic cooperation!
    Wanfeng Aircraft Industry Co, a subsidiary of Zhejiang Wanfeng Auto Wheel had delivered its first batch of Diamond DA 40NG aircraft to the Civil Aviation University of China on Wednesday. Prior to this initial delivery and placement of 24 units of Diamond DA 40NG aircraft, both parties have signed aircraft purchase and strategic cooperation agreements just two months ago, to deepen cooperation in aircraft sales, aviation supplies storage, manufacturing, training, research and after-sales services. Currently, China’s top two flight training schools that take up China’s 65% market share are Diamond's major customers. At the delivery ceremony, Chen Bin, Chairman of Zhejiang Wanfeng Auto Wheel, said as China enters the post-pandemic era, many pilots who were originally placed for overseas training have either returned or relocated back in the country to learn their flying, and the domestic air transport has almost fully recovered. Under the guidance of the national strategic plan, China's general aviation industry will surely have greater development propelled by the new ‘dual circulation growth engines’ – one internal and the other external.
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  • Some South-Asian countries are opening their borders again for Pilot Training Students!!
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  • A few of the leading Flight Schools in Europe put out a joint statement about their view of the future!
    - Sean Jacob, CEO, FTA Global "Our airline customers recognize the need to maintain their pilot pipeline and tell us they will seek to take on new pilots from as early as next year".
    -Oscar Sordo, CEO, FTEJerez "The number of new pilots entering the job market from 2022 will reduce significantly and this pool will be made up predominately of self-sponsored students due to cadet programmes being frozen".
    - Lee Woodward, CEO, Skyborne, “Ceasing our ATO operations and pausing pilot training for the immediate future would not only lead to significant job losses among thousands of flight instructors, ground school instructors and support staff, it would be fundamentally damaging to the global aviation industry by ultimately creating a shortage of pilots. The pilot workforce is maturing, with 5% of older, experienced pilots now expected to leave the industry each year through early retirement or loss of pilot medical status."
    The statement includes initiatives established to help pilot training students!
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  • Canadian Flight School expanding - New pilot school lands at Red Deer Regional Airport!
    B.C.-based Canadian Aviation College is expanding its flight training operation to the region. “This transition into central Alberta, with both single and twin-engine aircraft, will allow students and instructors from the college to take advantage of the diverse landscapes of the region, while utilizing the consistent winter weather of Alberta,” says a statement from the airport on Friday. “As a student-oriented aviation training facility, the team at Canadian Aviation College focus on empowering their students to graduate with a higher level of experience and be better suited for employment in Canada.” said College president John Ling.
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  • Aviationweek Webinar: What's Happening With Pilots & The Worldwide Supply Of Flight Training?
    COVID-19 has turned the pilot market on its head: a severe shortage of qualified pilots in some markets turned into a massive oversupply with thousands losing their jobs. How are airlines handling the situation and what are flight schools and other institutions are doing to support cadets.
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  • CAE Airside Webinar: What data shows us about the downturn, in association with FlightGlobal
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  • As the US Air Force struggles with a shortages of fliers, it's now opening a new path to pilot training!
    The US Air Force is giving enlisted airmen a chance to earn their wings through a program for aspiring pilots and crew. The program, in partnership with the Civil Air Patrol, is a stepping-stone to get participants the necessary flight training to become a student pilot and supplements Air Force efforts to fix its years-long pilot shortage. The initiative was launched in 2019 to inspire those eager to become pilots, navigators and other crew the ability to get ahead by learning basic aviation skills before formal pilot training. The program also supplements the Air Force's efforts to fix its years long pilot shortage — a problem facing all aviation units. In February, the service said it would fall short in its goal of producing 1,480 new pilots across the force by the end of fiscal 2020.
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  • EU and the US expanded their bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) to allow the conversion of pilot licences and to reduce duplication in the oversight of flight simulators!
    Details include:
    - On pilot licencing, the new annex of the BASA will ensure that pilots residing in the EU operate aircraft on the basis of licences and ratings issued in accordance with EU regulations, under the oversight of EU member states. It will also ensure that they maintain and develop their qualifications via EU training organisations;
    - On flight simulation training devices, a new annex will allow for the reciprocal acceptance of findings of compliance, as well as documentation, on the recurrent evaluation and qualification of EU and US based full flight simulators. It will generate resource savings, in particular by eliminating duplicate evaluations by the EASA and the US FAA.
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  • Texas Aircraft Introduces Entry Level Colt - to meet requests from flight schools!
    Earlier this year, Texas Aircraft updated its Colt LSA with a comprehensive Garmin avionics suite, and now it’s going the other way, with a simpler, less expensive Garmin setup for VFR flight. Priced at $139,900, the latest Colt configuration has a single-screen Garmin G3X Touch display, external com radio and remotely mounted ADS-B-compliant transponder. Texas Aircraft says it is responding to flight-school requests for a more affordable primary trainer! “As we come out from under COVID-19 induced flight training restrictions, the operators of several flight schools have come to us asking for an affordably-priced, all-metal, Garmin-equipped training aircraft,” Texas Aircraft Manufacturing’s CEO, Matheus Grande.
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  • The pilot training center of Varig, a Brazilian airline under bankruptcy protection, will be auctioned. Located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, it will have an initial bid of USD 22.5m!
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  • Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced that it is teaming up with Microsoft to offer flight training scholarships and educational resources for young people interested in aviation!
    The partnership has committed to providing three Microsoft Flight Simulator Scholarships for “young aviation enthusiasts” each year for the next three years. In addition, copies of the latest edition of the Microsoft Flight Simulator software will also be given to current EAA youth flight training scholarship recipients over the same time period.
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  • Education partnership between long-established system of aircraft maintenance schools and Piedmont Airlines takes flight!
    Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) officially kick-starts their strategic education partnership with Piedmont Airlines, a regional airline operating for American Eagle. The partnership is the natural progression of an enduring relationship between the two, as Piedmont has been a frequent employer of AIM graduates. Current Piedmont employees can now benefit from industry-guided training provided by AIM.
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  • Frasca International is taking a training device “road show” that provides students with the opportunity to try out a reconfigurable flight simulator during an immersive experience that also highlights potential aviation careers!
    The family-owned company traces its roots to patriarch Rudy Frasca’s personal visits to flight schools and colleges with a Model 100 flight simulator in tow. He’d labor through the day and night to install the coffin-shaped black box and then demonstrate its capability. The strategy cemented the company’s place in the flight training environment and led to a global business that counts civilian and military aviation clients in the United States, Australia, China, Germany, Japan, and elsewhere. When COVID-19 precautions eliminated airshows, trade shows, and other face-to-face gatherings, the company decided to dig into the archives for inspiration. Marketing Manager Peggy Frasca Prichard (Rudy’s daughter) said that employees wanted to demonstrate the reconfigurable training device (RTD) technology so they decided on a grassroots road trip to take the device to the public, rather than the other way around.
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  • After the lockdown, 20-29 year old's are traveling more than before!
    According to a survey conducted by AirAsia, air travellers between 20-29 age group had grown from 25 per cent before the lockdown to 42 per cent after the lockdown!
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  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it is in the final development phase of the IATA Travel Pass, a digital health pass that will support the safe reopening of borders.
    Governments are beginning to use testing as a means of limiting the risks of COVID-19 importation when re-opening their borders to travelers without quarantine measures. IATA Travel Pass will manage and verify the secure flow of necessary testing or vaccine information among governments, airlines, laboratories and travelers. IATA is calling for systematic COVID-19 testing of all international travelers and the information flow infrastructure needed to enable this must support: - Governments with the means to verify the authenticity of tests and the identity of those presenting the test certificates. - Airlines with the ability to provide accurate information to their passengers on test requirements and verify that a passenger meets the requirements for travel. - Laboratories with the means to issue digital certificates to passengers that will be recognized by governments, and; - Travelers with accurate information on test requirements, where they can get tested or vaccinated, and the means to securely convey test information to airlines and border authorities.
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  • World's Airports And Leading Airlines Join CommonTrust Network And Begin Roll-out Of CommonPass In December In Support Of Safer Border Reopening!
    - The World Economic Forum and The Commons Project Foundation welcome Airports Council International (ACI) World as a member of the CommonTrust Network
    - CommonTrust Network airlines JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic to begin roll-out of CommonPass to passengers in December from New York, Boston, London, and Hong Kong
    - CommonPass lets individuals demonstrate their COVID status while protecting their data privacy
    - The CommonTrust Network is a global non-profit initiative to empower individuals with digital access to health information, including lab results and vaccination records
    - The CommonTrust Network includes hundreds of health systems covering thousands of locations in the United States and a growing network of labs and health care providers around the world
    The project represents nearly 2,000 airports globally and five leading global airlines as members of the CommonTrust Network.
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  • Europe is set to lift its flight ban on the Boeing 737 MAX passenger jetliner in January after U.S. regulators last week ended a 20-month grounding!
    The head of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said in remarks aired on Saturday that the 737 MAX was safe to fly after changes to the design of the jet! “We wanted to carry out a totally independent analysis of the safety of this aircraft, so we performed our own checks and flight tests,” Executive Director Patrick Ky told the Paris Air Forum, an online aviation conference hosted by La Tribune. “All these studies tell us that the 737 MAX can return to service. We have started to put in place all the measures,” he said. “It is likely that in our case we will adopt the decisions, allowing it to return to service, some time in January.”
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  • Delta hints at the possibility of purchasing Boeing's 737 MAX!
    Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Ed Bastian hinted at the possibility of purchasing Boeing Co’s 737 MAX, which was recently approved to fly again by U.S. regulators, in an interview to the Financial Times on Sunday. Any Boeing 737 MAX order would be the first for Delta, which did not have the aircraft in its fleet when the plane was grounded in March 2019. If there is an opportunity where we would feel comfortable acquiring the MAX we’d have no hesitation doing that,” Bastian added. Reuters reported in October, Delta is among airlines Boeing has approached to buy dozens of 737 MAX jets built for clients that have since scrapped their orders or gone bust, citing two people familiar with the matter.
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  • Alaska Airlines will sell 10 of its Airbus A320s, shifting to 13 more-fuel-efficient leased Boeing 737-9 Max aircraft which will be delivered from the end of 2021 through 2022!
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