Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 30th of November

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 30th 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 updates):

Aviation Industry News:

  • Aviationfly shares its monthly company update for November
  • Indian Government (Airport Authority of India - AAI) releases RFP for Flight School bids at 6 Airports
    The Indian Government is currently promoting the “Double the CPL” program of the government wherein India will double its flying training capacity and become a global training hub. As part of this program the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has released an RFP for 12 flying schools at 6 AAI airports! Bid due date is 22 Dec 2020, 1500 hrs.The six airports are Belagavi, Jalgaon, Kalaburagi, Khajuraho, Lilabari and Salem. These airports have been carefully chosen since have minimal disruptions due to weather and commercial/ military air traffic. Minimum annual rentals have been dropped to just USD 20k per annum. Two Flying Training Organisations (FTO) will be given slots at each airport for 25 years. Leading Indian and global FTOs, airlines, OEMs and other investors should check out this interesting opportunity!
    If you are interested to receive the RFP please Contact Us!
  • VRpilot partners with Center Air Pilot Academy, a flight academy in Scandinavia, for its VRflow product, including the MCC functionality, for the Boeing 737 NG, tailored to Center Air Pilot Academy’s procedures.
    Thor Paulli Andersen, partner at VRpilot says: “We are very proud that Center Air Pilot Academy has chosen us to collaborate on their enhanced APS MCC course. We are looking forward to an exciting journey with Center Air Pilot Academy, and and are proud to contribute to the training of even better professional pilots. As Center Air Pilot Academy is the first civilian customer for us, this visionary collaboration is an important testimony to the potential of our VRflow training platform – both as a means to improve pilot training and to reduce training costs.“ Anna Kjær Thorsøe, Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor at Center Air Pilot Academy, says: “We are very exited about exploring our new training possibilities with VRPilot! Our APS MCC is already a great course, but we are sure that adding virtual reality will enable us to prepare our students even better for their future career in aviation!”
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  • Pilot shortage prompts rare flight cancellations at Delta over Thanksgiving break!
    Delta Air Lines canceled hundreds of flights over the Thanksgiving break as it struggled with staffing shortages during the busiest travel week since the coronavirus pandemic began. While demand remains less than half of last year’s levels because of the pandemic, Transportation Security Administration airport screenings rose above 1 million on Sunday and Wednesday, the highest in more than eight months. On Thursday, Delta canceled about 300 flights, roughly 20% of its schedule and around 160 flights on Friday, around 9% of the schedule. The operational problems, reported earlier by the View from the Wing blog, come after some 1,800 Delta pilots took early retirement packages that the company urged as it sought to cut costs. The changes “have left a smaller pool of pilots qualified and ready to fly in the fleets that are seeing an increased demand over this holiday,” said the pilots’ union, the Air Line Pilots Association. Cuts to pilot ranks can create cascading problems because they need to be trained and also stay current on certain aircraft and cannot easily switch from one to another.
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  • African airlines to be boosted by opening of an up to $20mn simulator training center in Ghana!
    Africa’s aviation sector is set to receive a huge boost with the opening of an aviation training center at Kotoka International Airport in Ghana’s capital, Accra. The up to $20 million project by Prodigy Avia Solutions is endorsed by African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and the government of Ghana. Speaking about the project, Captain Idriss Chedjou, Managing Partner at Prodigy Avia Solutions said, “It’s important that we work on establishing pilot and cabin crew training infrastructure for West and Central Africa. There will be a 4 Bay simulator center with plans for Boeing B737NG, B737 classic and Embraer ERJ145 or Airbus A320 or Q400 Full Flight Simulator.” He also added, “There are plans for fixed base simulator, cabin crew simulator as well as aviation management and technical courses."
    For more information on this project kindly contact us!
  • Airbus, BSMRAAU join hands to boost Bangladesh’s aviation industry!
    The newly-formed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus India to modernize Bangladesh’s aviation industry. Under the MoU, Airbus India will provide synergies in aerospace, world-class pilot training, maintenance engineering skills, and expansion of civil aviation infra structures for the holistic development and modernization of the sector! Addressing the event, BSMRAAU VC Air Vice-Marshal AHM Fazlul Haque said: “Aerospace leader Airbus has a wealth of experience in training fresh talent in every aspect of this profession. It will establish technical research laboratories and an international standard flight training academy.”
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Full-Flight Simulator market trends and the pandemic’s impact report by Cirium!
    Found here.
  • Students are flocking to the largest flight school in Iceland to learn to fly.
    Iceland Aviation Academy is quickly becoming one of the most popular flight academies in the Nordic region. IAA made history just this year with 78 students receiving their Airline Transport Pilot Licence (APTL) in June, the largest in Iceland’s history!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Swiss Flight School Aero Locarno Doubles Aircraft Order!
    In March 2020, Aero Locarno, based in Switzerland, signed a contract for five Sonaca 200 Trainer Pros. The approved training organisation has now decided to double the initial order, bringing the revised order to a total of 10 aircraft. "Even though we are going through a difficult time in aviation, we are seeing a steady demand for training which justifies the investment in a brand new fleet. We feel the need to harmonise our aircraft fleet by acquiring additional Sonaca 200 Trainer Pros. The Sonaca 200s will replace our old Cessnas. It goes without saying that glass cockpit and state-of-the-art aircraft will further spark interest in our school," commented Stefano Buratti, Aero Locarno CEO. The first six aircraft will be delivered from February 2021!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Italian Air Force to double pilot training intake with move to Mediterranean island!
    Italy is close to opening a new pilot finishing school on a Mediterranean island where expanded air space will allow it to double its current intake, with a majority of students coming from overseas militaries. The changes reflect the growth of Italy’s pilot training program as more air forces show up to try out the mix of simulators and new aircraft in use. Among the current students at Galatina are pilots from Kuwait, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Greece and Singapore. Soon to arrive are students from Qatar following a bilateral deal struck between Italy and the Gulf state in November. Since the school received the T346A in 2014, 76 students have trained on the aircraft, of which 27 were from other air forces.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is reportedly being flown by United Airlines chartered flights to distribution hubs, in anticipation of FDA approval!
    "As a result of the historic pace of vaccine development through Operation Warp Speed and careful logistics planning, the FAA today is supporting the first mass air shipment of a vaccine," the agency said in a statement Friday. The chartered flights, which began Friday, were reportedly between Brussels and Chicago, the WSJ said. They represent one leg of a chain, which will extend from Chicago to distribution hubs around the US. Now, even before the US Food and Drug Administration and other government agencies issue approvals, supply chains are being put in place to get each vaccine to communities around the world. Pfizer's vaccine candidate has its own shipping challenges, partly because it must be stored at a very low temperature, about -94 degrees Fahrenheit. Dry ice usually is limited on flights, but United got FAA approval to car about 15,000 pounds of it for each flight, according to the WSJ report.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • American Airlines Simulates Vaccine Distribution Flights With Boeing 777!
    American Airlines has begun to simulate distributing a COVID-19 vaccine. The trial took place earlier in November using Boeing 777-200 aircraft based in Miami. It saw all the relevant protocols being followed ahead of a COVID-19 vaccine being approved. Around the world, companies are working to certify COVID-19 vaccines. The hope is that such vaccines will grant immunity, bringing an end to the pandemic. However, once a vaccine is produced, it will need help getting around the world. This is where airlines come in, with the ability to quickly distribute such items while maintaining the cold chain, so they don’t spoil. In an aviation context, the word simulate often makes people think of flight simulators. However, American Airlines’ practice flights were very different. Vaccines need to be kept in consistently cold temperatures throughout the shipping process.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in UK!
    The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for rollout next week. Immunisations could start within days for those who need it the most, such as elderly, vulnerable patients. The UK has already ordered 40m doses - enough to vaccinate 20m people. Around 10m doses should be available soon, with the first 800,000 arriving in the UK in the coming days.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Bahrain second country to approve Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine!
    The Gulf Arab state had also approved Sinopharm's Covid19 vaccine in November for use by frontline workers!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Deutsche Bank and World Bank forecast C19 herd immunity to be reached by summer of 2021!!
    Michael O'Leary from Ryanair is also predicting strong demand in summer 2021 - will we see a quick airline recovery now that a number of vaccines are being distributed?
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Tata Sons, Vistara, Singapore Airlines Can Buy Air India & Manage 100% Operations!
    The Tata Group, with its joint venture partner in Vistara, Singapore Airlines (SIA), are now abandoning a non-compete clause and joining in a proposed bid for Air India. Vistara is a full-service airline. A group director close to the development said that the group chairman has stated that airline businesses have to be consolidated. There cannot be multiple airlines. Tata Group To Go For The Bidding Regardless Of The Outcome Of Joint Venture!
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  • AirAsia India plans expansion; set to induct three more Airbus A320 neos by June 2021!
    Budget carrier AirAsia India plans to add three more Airbus A320 neo planes by June next year as part of its fleet and network expansion. The airline — a joint venture between Tatas and Malaysia’s AirAsia Investment Ltd — currently has 32 aircraft, including two A320 neos inducted recently. In a statement to , an AirAsia India spokesperson said the airline had signed an agreement for inducting five A320 neo planes last year. The Bengaluru-based airline took delivery of the first A320 neo in October and another one earlier this month. “We will be inducting our third Airbus A320 neo in December and we look forward to inducting our fourth and fifth A320 neo by June 2021,” the spokesperson said in the statement.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Chinese 737 And A320 Competitor Moves Closer To Certification!
    The COMAC C919 has moved closer to certification as the aircraft’s design has been finalized. The aircraft is designed to compete with the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320neo families. However, it has currently mainly attracted interest from Chinese airlines. The COMAC C919 took its first flight in May 2017. As a result, it had hoped to enter service in 2020. However, the program did face some setbacks. Indeed, the last of the six prototype aircraft to be built only took its first flight just under a year ago in late December 2019. However, according to Reuters, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has now issued a Type Inspection Authorization for the C919, meaning that no significant adjustments can now be made to the aircraft’s structure. The authorization received by COMAC lays the foundations for the aircraft’s final test flights. As such, the manufacturer is hoping to receive the type’s airworthiness certificate in 2021. This would mean that COMAC could start delivering the aircraft to Chinese airlines. However, it would have to fly domestically until other nations certified the type.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Great to see these Singaporean Cadet pilot and friends aim to inspire next generation of aviators!
    Cadet pilot Jason Koor's flying ambitions may have been put on hold for the next few years due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the 26-year-old is using this downtime to inspire the next generation of aviators. Mr Koor, along with two friends, incorporated aviation enrichment company Aircademy last month. It hopes to help youth who are keen in the aviation industry to learn more, through courses that will teach them about planes and aviation-related work, like ground handling. Industry players such as pilots will be invited to share their experiences with participants. Mr Koor, whose now-suspended pilot training with a local airline was due to be completed next year, said Aircademy hopes to establish a knowledge ecosystem through the quality of its syllabus and word of mouth. Providing access to aviation knowledge and information is their top priority, he added.
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  • Fear of exposure to COVID during air travel lessens amid fliers in last 3 months: Indian Airline - Vistara survey!
    Fear of exposure to COVID-19 during air travel and of fellow passengers not adhering to health protocols has lessened among fliers during the last three months, according to a survey released by Vistara on Wednesday. When asked if they have the a forementioned fears, 34 per cent and 26 per cent of passengers said yes during the first Vistara survey that was done in June this year. Around 6,000 fliers had participated in the first survey. These two figures decreased to 22 per cent and 17 per cent, respectively, when Vistara conducted its second survey during the August-September period. A total of 4,550 passengers participated in the survey. The second Vistara survey said the top three concerns among the passengers during the air travel were in this order: quarantine requirements, higher fares and fear of exposure to COVID-19 during the travel. The first survey of the full-service carrier had found that the three main concerns in this order: fear of exposure to COVID-19 during air travel and of fellow passengers not following safety protocols and higher fares.
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  • IATA forecasts vaccines will be an end to airline industry cash burn in the second half of 2021!
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  • Tata Sons may raise stake to over 76% in AirAsia India by 2020-21 end!
    If the Tatas successfully acquire Air India, the conglomerate is likely to integrate AirAsia with Air India's low-cost subsidiary, Air India Express!
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