Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 26th of October

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 26th of October

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:

  • Aviationfly shares its monthly company update for October
  • Boeing releases its Pilot and Technician Outlook for the next 20 years!
    PDF can be found here.
  • Aviationfly - Connecting the Pilot Training Ecosystem will be attending Halldale Group Global ATS-V the key conference this year for the Pilot Training Industry!
    Global Airline Training & Simulation – Virtual (Global ATS-V) is an online conference and trade show, borne out of an urgent need to ensure that the global simulation and training community retained the ability to stay united, discuss current needs, and plan strategically for the future. This three day event will accommodate a worldwide audience and allow them to join dedicated conference sessions throughout the day, as well as network with the international aviation training community. Over 400 delegates from 45 countries have already signed up, and it is estimated that over 1000 expected airline training and simulation colleagues and leaders from the industry will attend!
    If you are interested to learn more about the event please contact us.
  • Post lockdown, first batch of IndiGo cadet pilots from Insight Aviation depart for training in South Africa to 43 Air School!
    On the back of steadily improving operational capacities, the first batch
    of cadet pilots departed for training as part of the IndiGo Cadet programme to South Africa on October 22. The batch of 19 IndiGo cadets was the first to travel outside India following the COVID-19- induced lockdown. This group from Insight Aviation, IndiGo’s training partner, will join previous cadets currently under training at Insight Aviation’s FTO partner, 43 Air School, in Port Alfred, South Africa!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • ALSIM is pleased to announce the launch of the convertible simulator AL40/42.
    It combines two popular Diamond aircrafts, DA40 & DA42, in one device, bringing flexibility to flight schools. ALSIM, the global flight simulator manufacturer headquartered in France, is pleased to announce the launch of the convertible simulator AL40/42. 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. This simulator is specifically designed for PPL, IR and CPL training needs and is compliant with the latest aviation standards from EASA (FNPT II) and the FAA (AATD & FTD 5) to TC (FTD 2) and CAAC (FTD 5). The specific ALSIM simulators AL40 and AL42 will also be available with the conversion kit and can be upgraded at any time.
    You can find ALSIM's Company Overview here.
  • Interesting data on the trend of the number of ATPL Pilot Licenses over the last few years in Australia!
    "The number of Airline Pilots in Australia continues to decrease - and not just due to COVID-19. The number of new pilots over the past 8 years has been insufficient to replace the number of pilots retiring from the industry. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority's (CASA's) Annual Reports show why so many airlines were concerned about the future supply of pilots. COVID-19 will only make this worse, as many older pilots will bring forward their retirement.
    You can find the data here.
  • Alpha Aviation Academy UAE Simulator Centre officially opens!
    The centre is equipped with a Airbus A320 FSTD (Fixed-Base) that has both Classic CFM-ceo and CFM-neo LEAP engine options! The new state-of-the-art simulator centre aims to allow the academy to further extend its services to pilots who can benefit from refresher trainings, Type-Rating, CBT courses, radiotelephony sessions and aviation workshops during such unprecedented times.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Fantastic to see the growth of the leading Pilot Simulator Training Center in Saudi Arabia - Prince Sultan Aviation Academy which has added another Full Flight Simulator!
    The Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, evolved from the Saudia Pilot Training Institute, which opened in 1959. The current training facility was inaugurated in April 1979, as flight operations centre, designed to train Saudi Arabian Airlines staff. The centre still focuses on Saudia, but also undertakes third-party training for other companies. It does not conduct ab initio training; focusing on pilot ratings and custom-designed training courses. Captain Ismael Koshy, Managing Director, said: “We welcome all persons, regardless of their gender, to our custom-designed training courses, which cover cabin crew, flight dispatchers, flight operations personnel and other skills training." The centre’s two A320 full-flight simulators (FFSs) have been under pressure covering training for Saudia, and offering Flyadeal, Flynas and Saudi Gulf slots – but only when available. This issue will be resolved when PSAA’s recently purchased third A320 FFS is installed this summer!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Big ambitions for Saudi’s Aviation Training Academy - Tayaran
    It’s a little over a year since the National Aviation Academy of Saudi Arabia, also known as Tayaran, had its inauguration at its King Abdullah Economic City HQ. Tayaran has pilot training for both airline and helicopter operations, with most of the flight-training taking place at Thumamah Airport, which also hosts Tayaran drone pilot training. Other courses include GACA 147 approved aircraft maintenance technician training. Captain Mohammed Al-Subaiei, Tayaran’s general manager, said the academy would support 1,650 trainees annually, including 1,200 in aircraft maintenance and 450 pilots, making it one of the largest centres of its kind in the Middle East. The academy has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Emirates Flight Training Academy in Dubai to share expertise, jointly promote their training programmes, and exchange cadet pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians between the two academies. Right now, to get courses moving again after the hiatus created by coronavirus, Tayaran is offering a 25% discount for cadet pilots on a self-funded course, and is also able to arrange interest-free loans for cadets through the Alinma Bank.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Egnatia Aviation continues its exclusive cooperation with the national carrier of Iraq, Iraqi Airways!
    More than 16 cadets have completed their training and 22 more are to follow within the next weeks!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • US based Flight School Epic Flight Academy continues its Scholarship Program even in this complex time for the Industry!
    Epic has awarded $47,000 in scholarships this year including a full scholarship for its Aircraft Mechanics Program and a full scholarship for obtaining a Private Pilot License! Epic’s aviation scholarship program continues to grow each year to support young people interested in aviation. These scholarships are open to U.S. high school students. Epic has awarded more than $100,000 to eight high school students in the last four years which does not include the scholarships in 2020!
    Check out Epic Flight Academy.
  • UK Flight School FTA Global are pleased to announce that they have officially acquired Apollo Aircraft Maintenance!
    Managing Director, Sean Jacob, said: “An effective service and maintenance provision for our flight school is integral to our business. Last month our company flew almost 1,000 hours, which is a record for FTA Global. Safety and efficiency are core values our businesses share. Engineering excellence and operational efficiency is a significant asset which is appreciated by our students.” The engineering company will now be known as 'FTA Maintenance' and in addition to managing the company fleet, will continue to offer their expertise to third-party customers.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Spanish Flight School FlyBy keeps growing!
    The company took delivery of the Metroliner II to offer Aircraft Maintenance Engineering training. It will be soon announce starting dates of the 24-month course. First courses will start in second half of 2021.
  • Airbus to keep A320 output at 40 per month!
    European aircraft giant Airbus said last Friday it will maintain production of its workhorse A320 plane at 40 per month to mid-2021 when it expects the aviation industry to have recovered from the coronavirus pandemic. "We have asked our suppliers to manage their capacity so as to support a production rate of 47 aircraft per month and to prepare for an eventual recovery in the market" next summer, a company spokesman said. "It is not a decision to increase production to 47 of the A320 family," he said when asked to comment on reports about an increase to 47 A320 aircraft per month. "On the A320 series, we expect to maintain output at 40 per month until summer 2021," he said.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Ghana partners with EgyptAir for new flag carrier!
    Aviationfly is currently supporting a Simulator Training Center Project in Africa - if you are interested to learn more kindly contact us.
  • Great announcement by the United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Authority - GCAA: Covid19 impact on the UAE Aviation Industry is slowly fading!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • IndiGo Likely to Add Freighter Aircraft to Fleet as Demand Surge Amid Covid-19 Pandemic!
    Seeing a tremendous growth in the cargo segment, airline major IndiGo might add freighter aircraft in its fleet. Industry insiders said that the airline is evaluating a proposal to add freighter aircraft, which will help the company expand cargo services to China, Singapore and Malaysia in the near future. Currently, the airline has 10 passenger aircraft completely deployed for cargo operations in freighter mode. The airline has managed to earn marginally higher revenue within the last five to six months at limited capacity as compared to the last financial year. It has already transported cargo equivalent to the loads carried in the last financial year.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • UK Student Pilot Rasheed Graham has managed to raise more than £60,000 to get back into flight school after his course funding was cut due to coronavirus!
    Rasheed Graham, from Kensal Rise, North West London had his lifelong hopes of becoming a pilot dashed earlier this year when his training was cancelled. The 23-year-old was the first black student to be awarded a place on the Aer Lingus Future Pilot Programme before the course was cut. However, Rasheed didn’t give up and managed to raise the sums needed to continue his training independently by establishing a GoFundMe. In just a few weeks, the ambitious student had smashed his £44,000 target, months ahead of the January 2021 deadline!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Dubai's Emirates Prepares To Distribute The COVID-19 Vaccine!
    Emirates SkyCargo is letting the world know that it has created ‘the world’s first dedicated airside cargo hub’ for the vaccine. This plan will include re-opening the SkyCentral DWC cargo terminal at Dubai South! Emirates SkyCargo will re-open its Emirates SkyCentral DWC cargo terminal at Dubai South to serve as a dedicated anchor hub for cold chain storage and distribution of the vaccine. By doing this, the freight division says that it is taking a ‘global leadership position.’ Simply put, SkyCargo’s role will be to fly in vaccines from manufacturing sites globally, then store and prepare shipments for regional and global distribution. “Dubai is well positioned to serve as a gateway and distribution hub for COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world. We have the infrastructure and logistics connections, and a geographic location that puts markets representing more than two-thirds of the world’s population within an 8-hour flying radius. – HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • KLM CEO Says European Aviation Will Look Like The US In 10 Years’ Time! The impact of COVID could see the move to a more consolidated European aviation market begin to accelerate. KLM boss Pieter Elbers has already led his airline through the first steps of consolidation, teaming up with Air France in 2004. Elbers believes that, in Europe, the market will look very much like the US in 10 years. In the US, the four biggest airlines – Delta, American, Southwest, and United – between them control around two-thirds of the aviation market. Add in JetBlue and Alaska Airlines, and that share goes up to more than three quarters. How will the market look in the future? We can already see the shoots of a more consolidation air travel market beginning to emerge. Aside from the low-cost carriers operating in Europe, most of the large, full service, legacy airlines are already tied up into some sort of group. In western Europe, the biggest carriers are the flag carrier, complemented by one or two low-cost airlines. For example, according to FlightGlobal, Portugal’s biggest airlines are TAP Portugal, followed by easyJet and Ryanair. It’s British Airways and the same two LCCs in the UK, while in Germany it’s Lufthansa, Eurowings, and easyJet.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Ronojoy Dutta, CEO of the largest Indian Airline - IndiGo - said their latest earnings call that the airline is currently flying 60 per cent of its current capacity and aims to reach 80 per cent by December!
  • Vietjet has released its third quarter financial statement, seeing a slight increase in air transport revenue over that of the previous quarter despite the second outbreak of COVID-19 in Vietnam - posting positive results!
    During the third quarter, Vietjet has operated up to 15,000 safe flights, serving more than 3 million passengers in the domestic market.
    Source and discussion through this link.

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