Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 2nd of November

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 2nd 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:

  • US Pilot and Aircraft Maintenance Training Group - Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology  - invests in 32 new Piper Aircraft!
    Great to see another Flight School expand! US based Spartan invests in new planes for pilot training - buying 32 new Piper Aircraft! Spartan CEO Rob Polston says the pandemic will pass, and they want to be ready! We know that even with this temporary blip that airline travel is going to come back, and there’s a huge need for pilots and mechanics,” Polston. Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology was founded in 1928 and has trained over 100,000 pilots and technicians!
    Check out Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Profile.
  • Aviationfly - Connecting the Pilot Training Ecosystem is holding its next webinar about a Degree Program tailored for Pilots and Aircraft Maintenance Technicians to enhance their Business and Management knowledge!
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  • Visual Approach Analytics releases presentation showing potential future demand for airline pilots in the US
    "It may seem crazy to talk about a lack of pilots in the current surplus, but we believe it will be a key issue for airlines during the second half of the decade. The shortage isn't gone, it's just delayed. During this delay we're still losing pilots as they reach 65, decide to not return from furlough, or take the early package and are younger than 55. At the same time, recruiting is nonexistent. There is no back-fill, no replenishment of the reservoir. Just to recover to 2019 levels, we will need 31,000 pilots by 2030, even more than was expected in 2018. Instead of having 12 years to achieve this, we now have only seven, realistically." This slide is part of a larger presentation on US Aviation Covid19 Recovery possibilities!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Fantastic to continue seeing the trend of top Pilot Training Organizations introducing Pilot Training Programs which include bachelor degree programs!
    Skyborne Launched Pilot Honors Degree in Partnership with University of West London! The fully integrated degree provides students with the opportunity to complete a BSc (Hons) in Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot Training at the same time as their Skyborne EASA/UKCAA Integrated or Combined Modular ATPL program (MEP, CPL, IR and APS MCC). This partnership will also allow students to be able to apply for student loan funding and a £9k "Aviator Bursary," subject to eligibility!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Great coverage of one of the leading Pilot Simulator Training Centers in the Middle East - Bahrain based Gulf Aviation Academy!
    CEO, Captain Dhaffer Al Abbasi, said: “Massive investment has taken place since 2010. GAA invested more than $80 million dollars in equipment and renovation of the facilities to ensure compliance with international standards. We have built confidence with regional bodies and are compliant with civil aviation authorities across the Gulf, including Kuwait, Saudi, the UAE and Oman. “The initial investment was in three new full-flight simulators (FFSs), which was later expanded to six, with one positioned in Amsterdam to complement the market for that specific Embraer aircraft." GAA has recently invested in a fourth A320 FFS in Bahrain, to support A320 type rating for pilots, reflecting the influx of the aircraft to the region. Around 25% of GAA’s training programmes are devoted to Gulf Air, but other clients include European flag-carriers, private and business jets, military operators and airports.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Shortage of Commercial Pilots in Canada by 2025?
    “With COVID-19, they found more people were staying home,” Canada's Sidney Coun. Terri O’Keeffe said. “So there was more recreational flying going on. There was also an increase of people practising at the flight school, so a lot of people going out to do that. And pilots just doing what they can to keep up the hours that they require.” Notably, O’Keeffe’s comments suggested that the number of smaller planes in the air could go up in the future, as flight schools across the country look to meet a growing demand for commercial pilots. “Within Canada, there will be a shortage of 7,300 commercial pilots by 2025,” she said. “Even with the capacity of all training centres across the country, they will only be able to turn out 4,000 new pilots. So there will be a shortage of over 3,000 pilots.”
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Starting 5 November, KLM Cityhopper will be introducing Virtual Reality (VR) training for pilots flying Embraer 175 and 190 aircraft!
    Developed in-house, the VR training courses will allow pilots to make more effective use of their training time and will also yield cost savings. “Virtual Reality (VR) makes training more accessible. It is on-demand and site-independent – pilots don’t have to be in a classroom or a simulator at a certain time. What’s more, it invites them to explore, something they can do safely in a virtual environment,” says Sebastian Gerkens, Senior Instructor Embraer at KLM Cityhopper. “VR allows pilots to familiarise themselves with the cockpit in advance, so that they make more effective use of their simulator time.” Training consists of three applications, all part of the Type Rating Course: 1. Virtual cockpit – the pilot is inside the cockpit, i.e. an interactive, computer-generated image of the control panels. 2. Instruction video – the pilot watches a 360-degree POV video of a flight from the cockpit jump seat. 3. Virtual walkaround – the pilot walks through and around the aircraft, composed of 360-degree static photographs.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Zealand Flight Academy becomes the 10th Danish FlightLogger partner
    This month, the total number of Danish flight schools using the FlightLogger platform grew to 10 as Zealand Flight Academy from Roskilde completed their onboarding. Being a brand-new startup academy, Zealand Flight Academy is a living proof that the FlightLogger platform also fits small-sized training organizations.

    Check out the FlightLogger Profile.
  • Big news in the Pilot Training Industry today - L3 is set to permanently close its flight training academy in New Zealand!
    Staff have been informed that L3 Harris is proposing to close the operations in February 2021. L3 NZL Academy used to train 500 students per year with 170 staff! The Flight School currently has 98 students which will all complete their training in February and at that point the school will likely close. L3 Harris, said it planned to consolidate its air training operations at sites in Britain and Portugal. The airlines the NZL academy provided staff to included British Airways, Dragonair, the Jetstar Group, Monarch Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Flight School Management Software - Flight Schedule Pro Launches New Student Progress Tracking Dashboard!
    Flight Schedule Pro recently announced the addition of a new Student Progress Tracking Dashboard. Developed in response to its customers’ shared challenge in monitoring their students’ ongoing performance, the Student Progress Tracking Dashboard enables flight schools to assess how a student is performing; whether they are ahead, on track, or at risk of falling behind in their flight training courses. Using the Flight Schedule Pro Student Progress Tracking Dashboard, flight school operators can create a progress profile based on a specific category such as “6-Month Private Pilot,” and then determine to which student(s) or group(s) the profile should be applied. Depending on the insights gained, the school can modify the definitions of “progress” and the dashboard will be rebuilt automatically to reflect the new performance/progress metrics. Once students begin their coursework, the progress reporting and tracking begins and will continue to reflect each student’s individual progress.
    Check out the Flight Schedule Pro Profile.
  • Electric Training Aircraft Manufacturer Bye Aerospace gets investment from Asia and a purchase agreement for 300 Aircraft for the Asian Region!
    Bye Aerospace, Inc. (the “Company”), developer of the eFlyer and Envoy family of all-electric aircraft, announced that the Company has entered into agreements with Aerospace9, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, under which Aerospace9 has agreed to an investment in Bye Aerospace. Aerospace9 has also made a large commitment to the Asian market opportunity by signing purchase deposit agreements for 300 Bye Aerospace aircraft. The number of future purchase agreements for the Company’s airplanes is now 711 units, comprised of 2-seat eFlyer 2 primary trainers, four-seat eFlyer 4s and the soon-to-be announced twin-motor 9-seat Envoy. Aerospace9’s purchase deposits include 150 eFlyer 2s, 148 eFlyer 4s and 2 Envoys with an option to acquire an additional 100 aircraft.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Singapore Airlines said it has closed bookings for tours of its training facilities due to "overwhelming demand".
    The airline said it received more than 6,800 individual registrations (in 24 hours) after bookings opened on Sunday at 10am. Each registration can have a group of up to five people. This is far more than the tour capacity. The training facilities can accommodate up to 500 customers each day due to COVID-19 safe distancing measures, said SIA. All five add-on options - including a flight simulator experience, wine appreciation session and a grooming workshop - also received "an overwhelming response and are currently oversubscribed", said the airline. Admission tickets are priced at S$30 for adults and S$15 for children, excluding GST and without the add-on options.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Indian Airline IndiGo sees demand inching up, reduces leave without pay for pilots
    In an apparent sign of recovery of the aviation sector from the Covid-19 pandemic, India’s largest airline IndiGo has reduced leave without pay (LWP) for its pilots from monthly 10 days in July to three days in November. Domestic air traffic jumped the most since the lockdown, with a month-on-month growth of 39 percent in September. While pilots of single aisle aircraft like Airbus A320 and A321 will have leave without pay of three days per month, for captains of regional aircraft fleet like ATR-72 there will be no more LWP. CEO Ronojoy Dutta informed during the post-results analyst call, the airline is using 58 percent of its capacity, a little below the 60 percent capacity limit set by the government. “We expect to operate at about 80 percent capacity by the end of 2020 and at about 100 percent by April-May 2021. This would, however, depend on the government removing capacity restrictions," Dutta said, adding that the airline’s focus will be on aggressively expanding its domestic capacity.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Airlines in Vietnam have restarted hiring - the newest Airline in the county Vietravel being the latest one to announce that they are looking to hire A320 Captains and First Officers
    Vietravel Airlines is based at Phu Bai International Airport in the central Thua Thien Hue Province and belongs to leading tourism company Vietravel!
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  • Vistara Set To Have A Fleet Of 70 Aircraft By 2023!
    Vistara has been making good progress with the expansion of its fleet. Notably, it took on its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft this year. The Indian carrier currently has 42 jets at its facilities. However, the operator is not looking to slow down any time soon as it expects to hold approximately 70 planes after three years. This year Vistara will add five new aircraft. The new members include three Boeing 787-9s and two Airbus A321neo aircraft. Moreover, seven older Airbus A320ceo jets are being replaced with brand new A320neos.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • New Airlines announced in Hong Kong - Greater Bay Airlines - leasing 3 Boeing B737NG and hiring up to 500 staff!
    Greater Bay Airlines, which takes its name from Chinese President Xi Jinping's pet project to integrate Hong Kong and Macao with Shenzhen, Guangzhou and other cities in Guangdong Province, has started hiring staff and preparing paperwork and aircraft to be able to take to the skies by mid-2021. Embodying the Greater Bay Area notion, the airline is the brainchild of Chinese property tycoon Huang Chubiao, who owns Shenzhen-based carrier Donghai Airlines.
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  • FedEx is looking to hire over 1,000 pilots and open two new bases in the US
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  • Indian leading Airline - IndiGo out of crisis, optimistic about future, says CEO!
    IndiGo will outperform the entire aviation sector during FY20 to FY23 with 11 per cent growth in passenger traffic share as against 7 per cent for the industry, says investment banking firm BOB Capital Markets
    Source and Source.
  • US Airline - SkyWest Swings Back To Profitability Amid New American And United Deals!
    Regional carrier in the United States, SkyWest, has turned a profit for the third quarter of 2020. While the airline is not out of the woods yet, it has reached new agreements with American and United on regional flying. For the third quarter of 2020, SkyWest turned a net profit of $33.7 million. While this was down from the $91.3 million profit the carrier made in the third quarter of 2019, it is far better than the airline’s nearly $26 million loss from the second quarter of 2020.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Why United Airlines is already thinking about life after COVID!
    Even as the pandemic's pummeling of air travel intensifies, United Airlines' post-COVID strategy is coming into view. CEO Scott Kirby aims to beat rivals out of the gate and recapture market share lost during the past decade. Kirby reached a deal with United's pilots union to avoid furloughing flyers until summer. "I think we're going to make a decade's worth of progress during the pandemic," Kirby, who became CEO in May after nearly four years as president. Kirby isn't the only airline boss looking to grow. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly is making an expansion play of his own, moving in on United's turf at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago and Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston in hopes of winning more corporate customers when business travel picks up again. "Southwest always goes on offense when times are bad," says Helane Becker, an analyst at Cowen.
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