Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 3 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 3 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:

  • Pier Seven Aviation, an independent simulator training center in the United Arab Emirates, is expanding its facilities!
    Located in Sharjah the training center offers training on Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 Full Flight Simulators to a wide range of customers from the Middle East, Africa and Asia! Its training courses are approved by EASA and a few other ICAO Civil Aviation Authorities! Over the past month the training center has expanded its facilities and build an additional simulator bay which will see the arrival of a new full flight simulator!
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  • Israel's Israir Airlines and Etihad Aviation Training sign new A320 pilot training agreement!
    As part of the deal, Israir will begin leasing EAT's full flight simulators at its training facility in Abu Dhabi. Training will be provided by Israeli instructors at the Etihad facility.
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  • New ICAO Pilot-Training Panel Set To Convene!
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  • Pilot training in Belarus no sooner than in 2022
    Pilot training in Belarus will start no sooner than in 2022, Belarus' Transport and Communications Minister Aleksei Avramenko said in an interview with the Respublika newspaper. When asked about the plans to set up a national flight school discussed last year, the minister remarked that it will be established at the Belarusian State Academy of Aviation. “At the moment we are actively working on this issue. The Department for Aviation has already set up a working team comprised of experienced pilots, engineers and the teaching staff of the Belarusian State Academy of Aviation who will draw up educational standards, curricula and syllabuses. We will need to introduce a new major, train the faculty staff and set up the physical infrastructure. Belarus does not train commercial pilots now. Belarusian pilots are sent for training to Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic countries.
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  • ST Engineering’s Aerospace Arm to Liquidate Pilot Training Academy unit - ST Aerospace Academy!
    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) announced that liquidation process has commenced for its wholly-owned subsidiary, ST Aerospace Academy, an entity that was incorporated in Singapore in 2007 to provide commercial pilot training services.
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  • Students flock to some US flight schools despite aerospace industry woes!
    Evidence suggests that student pilots continue streaming into US flight schools despite the Covid-19 pandemic having left the world’s airline industry scrambling to survive. Several flight schools are reporting that as many or more students are enrolling in flight education now as were before the pandemic, and professional group Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has heard similar reports from the flight schools it works with. Whether such reports reflect a nationwide trend remains unclear, as hard data is difficult to obtain. AOPA did not provide enrolment figures, and the Federal Aviation Administration does not track such data. “We are all very, very surprised as to the amount of people that are coming,” says Owain Gibbes, chief instructor at Melbourne, Florida-based flight school F.I.T. Aviation, part of Florida Institute of Technology. The school’s fall 2020 and spring 2021 classes were “two of the biggest… we’ve had”.
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  • Indian DGCA turns paperless, will offer all licences online by February-end!
    Directorate General of Civil Aviation ( DGCA) will offer all its licensing and approval services online and launch a mobile app for pilots by February end. The DGCA provides over 200 different types of services which includes issue, validation and renewal of licences, approvals to training schools, maintenance and repair units among others. "So far over 18,600 pilots in the country, which is nearly 95 per cent of total, have registered with us. We have already changed the licences from booklet to card format. We are also launching a mobile app for pilots for licence application and renewal. The app is under final phase of testing before its release on the Android platform," said Director General of Civil Aviation Arun Kumar.
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  • Airbus optimistic on recovery in aircraft demand despite virus surge!
    Group still hopes to increase production of single-aisle aircraft in the second half of 2021!
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  • Emirates airline sees full fleet returning to the skies this year!!
    Emirates expects its full fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s to be in use by the end of the year as the rollout of coronavirus vaccines renews confidence in travel. Emirates President Tim Clark has repeatedly said a vaccination program would be vital to any recovery for the travel industry, which saw demand collapse in 2020. The 71-year-old Clark, who has delayed his retirement to tackle the crisis, said on Wednesday he did not think a recent wave of new infections and restrictions in some countries would further impede the recovery. “Once the pandemic is over and the global inoculation programme has kicked in at pace, then I see the restoration and a recapture of activity curves in all aspects of the global economy at pace, probably in the middle to back end of this year.” Emirates is currently flying 17 of its 115 A380s and 137 of its 160 777s, with some passenger jets operating as cargo planes. Last week, Emirates was flying to about 120 destinations, compared to 157 before the pandemic.
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  • Delta Air Lines CEO expects positive cash flow by spring!
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  • The U.S. Carriers Growing During the COVID-19 Pandemic!
    As airlines try to continue to find the right fleet size for a post-pandemic recovery, two airlines have taken a slightly different route. Allegiant Air and Sun Country Airlines are the only two passenger airlines in the United States that now have larger fleets than when the pandemic first started to take effect on March 1, 2020. Sun Country has added 12 Boeing 737-800 Freighter aircraft to its fleet since March. The airline, which operated only passenger variants of the Boeing narrow-body, operates the freight aircraft for Amazon’s Prime Air as part of a contract signed in December 2019. Although Sun Country’s expansion has been in large thanks to the addition of cargo-only aircraft, Allegiant’s fleet expansion, while significantly smaller, has all been passenger-based. The airline has had a net fleet growth of two aircraft when compared with the week of March 1st, 2020. Allegiant’s active fleet now sits at 97 aircraft with a mix of Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. Since March, the Las Vegas-based airline has received four used Airbus A320s from Cebu Pacific of the Philippines.
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  • Emirates To Begin Vaccinating Cabin Crew And Pilots With Pfizer Covid19 Vaccine!
    Emirates pilots and cabin crew will be among the first employees in the aviation sector to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when the airline makes the Pfizer-BioNTech jab available to frontline staff as early as next week! Crew will be able to put themselves forward for the vaccine if they wish but are not required to get the jab.
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  • All-women Indian pilot crew make history by completing country's longest commercial flight ever operated by an Indian national airline!
    The team of four cockpit crew members from Air India completed the 17-hour-long flight on Monday according a statement released by the airline. India's aviation sector heavily invests in training women to become pilots. About 12% of the country's pilots are women -- the highest percentage in the world, according to the Centre for Aviation.
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  • Kazakhstan’s LCC FlyArystan targets to double traffic this year!
    The LCC division of Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana is set to proceed on its expansion course with plans to add three aircraft to its fleet and launch at least 14 new routes. The airline is counting on its low fares to attract enough passengers to double its 2020 traffic numbers.
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