Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 4 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 4 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:

  • Largest Aviation Academy in Portugal believes in the recovery!
    SevenAir Academy releases 2020 numbers that despite all the pandemic related situation were positive. During 2020 SevenAir Academy provided 12.412 training flight hours, 1753 simulator training hours, which represented a growth compared to 2019 even with all the restrictions that were imposed. Some key metrics:
    - 1517 professionals had recurrent training,
    - 67 Pilot license renewals/revalidation,
    - 42 Flight Instructors (initial course and revalidation seminars)
    - 87 ATPL students started their course
    - 110 Maintenance Technician students started their course
    The Academy ended the year with the announcement of the arrival of it’s new flight simulador – ALSIM ALX – equipped with the latest technology. It also announced the expansion of its facilities in Cascais Airport from the current 2300m2 to 5500m2, occupying the space left by other operators that moved out or ceased operations.
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  • EASA aims to reduce simulator dependency by crediting other training devices!
    Europe’s safety authority is aiming to reduce training dependency on full-flight simulators by implementing a classification system that enables selection of other flight-training devices that provide the appropriate level of capability. Simulator manufactures specializing in fixed base devices (FTDs) such as MPS are perfectly positioned for this!
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  • Leading fixed base simulator manufacturer, MPS has installed its A320 FTD at Leading Edge Aviation (LEAL)!
    The device has been certified by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as an FTD-1 including FNPT-II/MCC. This certification will allow LEAL to deliver APS MCC (Airline Pilot Standards Multi Crew Cooperation) training on the device.
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  • Fixed base simulator manufacturer - Venyo - based in Belgium closed its operations permanently
  • Elixir Aircraft, the French aircraft manufacturer that designed the first fourth-generation two-seater, is finalizing a EUR 3 million fund-raising round with new investors!
    Following the achievement of the EASA CS-23 certification in March 2020, this €3 million financing round will help accelerate the company's industrial and commercial development . The company is also moving into new renovated premises of 2300m², better adapted and larger, in the industrial zone adjacent to La Rochelle airport, with a production capacity of up to 80 aircraft per year.
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  • One of the largest Flight School's in Thailand has an uncertain future due to its high annual running cost of US$1.5 million with only 26 student pilots and almost $7 million of missing funds!
    Nakhon Phanom University is investigating the disappearance of 200-million-baht from the budget allocated to its deeply troubled International Aviation College. The International Aviation College has been operating at a loss since its inception in 2007 as a school to supply pilots to the aviation sector. Acting university president Kittichai Triratanasirichai promised to keep it open, and said he would try to find a better management plan for the school.
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  • One of the largest Pilot Training Groups in the world - BAA Training releases 2020 figures!
    Ab-initio School
    - 109 certificates issued
    -12,500+ flight hoursType Rating Training Organisation
    - 475 stdents trained
    - 50+ airline clients
    - 20,000+ hours of theory, FFS and FBS trainingBAA Training Vietnam
    - Received 2nd A320 FFS in February 2020
    - Trained 100+ students
    - Airline partnerships with Vietjet, Bamboo Airways and Vietravel Airlines

    BAA Training China
    - Brand new 6 bay simulator center built in 6 months
    - Received first B737NG FFS

    BAA Training Spain
    - Brand new 6 bay simulator center built in 5 months
    - 3 FFS and 3 FBS on order
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  • Symbiotics, the provider of ADAPT Pilot Psychological Assessments, has partnered with UK based AirlinePrep to provide a range of pilot aptitude assessments to pilots, to support them at any stage of their career.
    This new partnership comes ahead of the introduction of the new EASA Aircrew Medical Fitness regulation, starting in February, which requires the psychological assessment of pilots including personality, cognitive, operational, professional and social competencies in accordance with CRM principles. The partnership allows pilots to experience the type of assessments they can expect as part of an airline’s assessment process.
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  • VietJet eyes aircraft purchases as it relies on vaccine rollouts to revive air travel!
    Vietnamese budget carrier VietJet Aviation plans to expand its investment in new aircraft and technical facilities this year after reporting a small profit in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic, its chief executive officer, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, said. VietJet’s cargo transport in 2020 rose 75% from 2019, she said, adding that its overall domestic operations recorded positive growth in 2020, without giving comparative figures. Vietjet’s Thai unit increased its aircraft fleet to 15 last year, while its market share there also increased, she added. With the early COVID-19 vaccine roll-out around the world, Thao expects the global aviation industry to recover rapidly.
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  • Al Baker changes tone: Qatar Airways to continue taking aircraft!
    “We will continue to take every single airplane that we have ordered from the both Airbus and Boeing manufacturers because in Qatar Airways, we are very prudent in the way we place our aircraft orders and our requirements,“. In June 2020, Al Baker stated that it was important for the two manufacturers to “to show to customers that they are not only with them in good times, but they will also be with them in bad times,” as Airbus and Boeing should “accept the requirements by airlines to delay deliveries of airplanes until at least 2022.” As of December 31, 2020, the Qatari airline has 50 Airbus A321neo, 23 Airbus A350-1000, two Boeing 777F, 60 Boeing 777X and 23 Boeing 787-9 aircraft on order.
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  • Ariana Afghan Airlines in talks with Air Arabia on potential investment and cooperation!
    Officials from the Afghan Aviation Authority have said that talks have stared with the UAE based Air Arabia Airlines and that the Presidential Palace has pledged its support for the investments. With the investment, Ariana Afghan Airlines will be able to purchase more planes, increase its aviation services and make its way towards getting off the EU’s blacklist!
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  • Singapore Airlines hopes to be world's first fully-vaccinated airline!
    Singapore Airlines (SIA) confirmed to CNN Travel that all of their crew members -- including pilots, gate agents, flight attendants and anyone whose job requires contact with the public -- have been offered free coronavirus vaccines by the Singaporean government. According to the airline, 5,200 SIA employees have already signed up to get their shots. Inoculations will begin in a few days.
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  • New Nigerian airline to begin operations!
    Nigeria’s air transport is set to experience a revolution as a proposed low-cost carrier – Green Africa Airways – is set to commence operations. It has already reached the final stage of certification. Regulatory sources hinted that promoters of the carrier are putting finishing touches to secure the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Last October, Green Africa had formed a strategic partnership with First City Monument Bank (FCMB), which yielded $31 million in a combination of standby letter of credit and rolling working capital. Green Africa is owned by Babawande Afolabi. Its leadership team includes two well-experienced leaders in the global aviation industry, Neil Mills – President/Chief Operating Officer and Kiran Koteshwar – Chief Financial Officer. Last December, the airline sent its pilots on a type-rating training. They include: Folu Oladipo, chief pilot; Victor Yem, John Ayerume, Stephen Okereke, Ladi Ogun, and Israel Eloho. The airline is set to debut with ATR72-600s.
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  • How IndiGo Took 44 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft In Aviation’s Worst Year
    IndiGo, the world’s largest A320neo operator, has ordered over 700 A320neo family aircraft in the last decade, including 300 in October 2019. However, as 2020 rolled around and airlines quickly realized they’d be grounded or flying at minimal capacity for months, they promptly began negotiating with Airbus and Boeing to defer or cancel orders. IndiGo took a different route, opting to aggressively add aircraft to its fleet instead. Data from Planespotter shows that while the airline only took delivery of three planes in February 2020, it upped this figure to five in March, just as the pandemic’s effects became clear. The airline took delivery of five planes in May, seven in September, six in October, and five in December. Other months saw slightly fewer planes at only two or three each. Overall, IndiGo received 44 aircraft in 2020, made up of 24 A320neos and 20 A321neos.
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  • Air Force, Google Strike Agreement to Modernize Flight Training!
    The Air Force has invested in virtual reality platforms in recent years to train pilots, and now is taking another leap forward in how it uses technology to prepare airmen to fly in actual, multimillion-dollar aircraft. In December, the Air Force, along with the Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit, announced an agreement with Google Cloud to modernize aspects of flight training via the use of cloud-based tools. The goal of the program, called the Joint Immersive Training System (JITS), is to accelerate initial flight training of airmen using commercial, off-the-shelf equipment and cloud services that can be more easily procured and connected together. Google’s cloud platform will allow the Air Force to scale up the training to users around the world. According to a press release, the JITS programs will use COTS equipment including VR headsets, joysticks, throttle and rudder pedal controls, and gaming chairs to create an immersive training experience.
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  • IndiGo tightens grip in India and targets growth abroad!
    India’s IndiGo has emerged as one of the world’s biggest airlines by capacity, aided by a swift recovery in the domestic aviation market to nearly 80% of pre-pandemic levels. The airline is now the world’s seventh biggest by capacity and the largest outside the United States and China, according to data firm OAG. It is a rare bright spot in a battered global aviation industry, providing a lifeline to squeezed lessors and aircraft manufacturers by paying bills on time and in full. IndiGo took 44 planes from Airbus SE last year - the most of any customer and topping Delta Air Lines Inc and China Southern Airlines Co Ltd - as it replaced older planes with more fuel-efficient newer models. It is also gearing up to expand its fleet further from 2023. With a 52% domestic market share in 2020 versus 47% in 2019, and profitability in sight after a loss last fiscal year, IndiGo is expanding its reach to smaller Indian cities such as Ranchi, Patna and Gorakhpur to replace a fall in business travel on larger routes like New Delhi-Mumbai, CEO Ronojoy Dutta told Reuters. “As things stabilise, I’m very optimistic that by the end of 2021, I think we’ll be totally back to normal”.
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  • Hope on the horizon as EasyJet sees summer bookings surge 250% from last year!
    Although the U.K. is in its third national lockdown, people want to go on holiday. Those who are stuck in their homes are planning how they want to get away when it’s deemed safe — and legal — to do so. EasyJet said this week that summer bookings through its holidays division are up 250% compared to last year. The airline’s CEO Johan Lundgren told the BBC that the jump in forward-looking bookings is a good sign. “We know that people want to go on holiday as soon as they can,” Lundgren said. “We know there is pent up demand — we have seen that every time restrictions have been relaxed, and so we know that people want to go on holiday as soon as they can.”
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  • Aircraft movements in European airspace are collapsing towards the low levels seen during the first wave of the pandemic in April, as more travel restrictions hit demand for airline operations, according to Eurocontrol!
    Focus shifts to summer recovery - with news such as EasyJet Holidays seeing a 250% surge in summer bookings compared to last year!
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  • Seychelles re-opens to any tourist who has received the COVID-19 vaccine!
    Anyone who has the vaccine will be able to skip quarantine. The country also hopes to have vaccinated 70% of the population with the Sinopharm vaccine (donated by the UAE Governmentt) by March, potentially giving it herd immunity!
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