Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 5 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 5 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:

  • Alan Peaford, FINN, release video on discussion on the future of the pilot training industry
    With views from BALPA, VA Airline Training, FlyBy School, Resilient Pilot and Alpha Aviation Group.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Aviation conferences - Dubai will go ahead with the Dubai Airshow in a live format from the 14th to the 18th of November this year! 
    80% of the world’s population is located within eight hours of a United Arab Emirates airport, making Dubai the perfect hub for the entire aerospace industry to meet!
    For more information contact Sean Hartley
  • Global Pilot Training WATS, held in Orlando, rescheduled to 15-16 June 2021!
    Further information will be released on February 1, 2021.
  • Eyeing a recovery, some U.S. airlines resume pilot hiring!
    American Airlines’ wholly owned regional subsidiary PSA Airlines and budget carrier Frontier Airlines plan to resume pilot hiring this year! As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, airlines are hoping for a significant improvement in domestic air travel by the summer, even if demand does not fully yet recoup pre-pandemic levels. “As we continue to work with American Airlines to identify our flying needs this year, and in combination with recent attrition numbers for our Pilot group, we will be initiating hiring efforts for First Officer team members,” Keith Stamper, vice president of PSA’s air operations, said in a memo reviewed by Reuters. Ultra low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines, which is owned by private equity firm Indigo Partners, intends to restart recruiting in July, with a plan to hire about 100 pilots this year - NOTE: Frontier Airlines is opening its application platform on Wednesday!
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  • ATP Flight School Forms Pilot Pathway With Frontier Airlines!
    Frontier Airlines and ATP Flight School have formed a "Frontier Direct Program" targeting ATP graduates and CFIs for employment as Frontier Airlines First Officers. In the Frontier Direct Program, ATP graduates and instructors progress from ATP straight to the flight deck at Frontier after enhanced ATP CTP training that includes additional Airbus A320 full-motion flight simulator experience. After completing flight training in ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program, graduates gain flight experience with ATP as paid flight instructors. Between 1,250-1,500 hours total flight time, recommended instructors interview with Frontier Airlines. After the candidate selection and interview process with Frontier, applicants receive a Conditional Offer of Employment and continue working towards 1,500 hours of flight experience with ATP. Once ready to transition to Frontier, pilots attend the enhanced ATP CTP course. This tailored course with ATP utilizes full-motion Airbus A320 simulator training to prepare pilots for success at Frontier.
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  • Delta plans to bring back 400 pilots, signaling optimism about future air travel!
    Delta’s pilots avoided furloughs last year after the union agreed to reduced pay and no flying requirements for some 1,700 junior aviators. Delta is now going to offer some 400 of them active status! Because of pilot retirements, aircraft retirements and reduced flying in the coronavirus pandemic, some pilots will need to train on new types of planes, a process that can take months.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Air China selects L3Harris for 3 Full Flight Simulators for Pilot Training!
    - 2x A320
    - 1x A350
    - 1x A320 Flat Panel Trainer
    Agreement is the airline’s second simulator order with L3Harris - the acquisition of the devices is part of Air China’s wider plans to prepare the operations for growth following the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. The devices will be installed at Air China’s training center in Beijing and will be in operation within 18 months.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Reports indicate that the new Boeing 737NG Full Flight Simulator (FFS) procured for about US$ 21million by the Federal Government of Nigeria and delivered since June 2020 may just be lying fallow and uninstalled at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) in Nigeria.
    This however has been denied by the NCAT management stressing that the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic is what has caused the delay of the installation and stressing that the simulator is shieded by a protective cover layer and not a trampoline as reporter insinuated. However video recording made available to Nigerian Flight Deck indicates that the simulator is outside close to the flying school and subjected to the elements. In a reaction by the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Rector, Captain Abdulsalam Mohammed on the installation of the simulator, he told the reporter,” If you look closer at the pictures you have, you will notice the fully completed building in the background. The Covid-19 pandemic is what is causing the delay in the installation."
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Continuing to see a trend of strong student demand for flight schools which meet the following criteria:
    - Offering a university degree program
    - Having a strong brand in their domestic market
    One such a training organisation is Massey University’s School of Aviation in New Zealand which welcomed a new intake of aviation students on Wednesday, a full group of 32 students for semester one.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Middle East Pilot Training Organisations looking to hire:
    - Qatar Aeronautical Academy is looking for Theoretical Knowledge instructor and Flight Instructor
    - Alpha Aviation Academy UAE is offering an Airbus A320 SFI training course with 6 months on the job training (freelancer contract)
    - OxfordSaudia is looking for Flight Instructors (FAA License)
    - Pier Seven Aviation, an independent Simulator Training Center, in the United Arab Emirates is looking for a Simulator Engineer
    - Oman Aviation Academy is looking for Licensed Aircraft Engineer (B1.2, B3, B2 and B2L with GA experience)
    More information through this link.
  • Saudi Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and Prince Sultan Aviation Academy (PSAA) partner with Spartan KSA for aircraft maintenance training
    Two subsidiaries from Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation — Saudi Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and the Prince Sultan Aviation Academy (PSAA) — have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Spartan KSA LCC, at the Saudi Arabian Airlines’ (Saudia) headquarters in Jeddah. The scope of the agreement with Spartan will meet the growing demand for aircraft training programs within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, it will facilitate SAEI to expand the training services offered to include aspects of aircraft maintenance and aviation repair in airport terminals where Saudi Arabian Airlines operates. The cooperation between the three organizations further enhances the leadership role of the PSAA in the aviation technical training industry and supports SAEI’s aircraft maintenance training programs. The training services related to this MoU will be carried out by the PSAA.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Europe lifts safety ban on Boeing 737 MAX jet!
    European regulators on Wednesday lifted a 22-month ban on flights of the Boeing 737 MAX after a design and pilot training overhaul!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Tata Sons-owned AirAsia India set to spread wings, lease 10 new aircraft!
    It intends to add 10 new aircraft to its fleet, and has sounded off aircraft lessors for the same. These are over and above the three Airbus A320neo planes that it plans to induct by June next year as part of its fleet and network expansion.
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  • New Hong Kong airline spreads its wings, seeking over 100 routes!
    Hong Kong-based Greater Bay Airlines has applied for 104 routes, taking the upstart carrier another step closer to officially competing with rivals in a city that serves as one of Southeast Asia's top international hubs. Greater Bay has signed agreements to lease three secondhand Boeing aircraft. The company is hiring approximately 500 people, mainly those with experience in the aviation industry. There are plans to expand the fleet to 30 aircraft over the next five years, and bring the workforce to between 2,500 and 3,000 people within that time frame.
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  • Boeing Commits to Deliver Commercial Airplanes Ready to Fly on 100% Sustainable Fuels!
    Boeing is setting an ambitious target to advance the long-term sustainability of commercial aviation, committing that its commercial airplanes are capable and certified to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum jet fuel with 100% sustainable fuels to address the urgent challenge of climate change. According to the Air Transport Action Group, U.S. Department of Energy and several other scientific studies, sustainable aviation fuels reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% over the fuel's life cycle with the potential to reach 100% in the future. Today, sustainable aviation fuels are mixed directly with conventional jet fuel up to a 50/50 blend — the maximum allowed under current fuel specifications. In order to meet aviation's commitment for reducing carbon emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2050, airplanes need the capability to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels well before 2050.
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  • AirAsia expects to resume flying to most routes by the end of 2021, CEO Tony Fernandes says!
    AirAsia expects to resume flying to “a large part” of its routes by the end of 2021 but passenger capacity is not expected to return to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels until 2023, according to Fernandes. The outlook for the global aviation industry is improving as more countries begin rolling out mass immunization programs against Covid-19, AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes said Tuesday.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Vaccinated Passengers Are Already Exempt From Quarantine In Romania!
    Interestingly an increasing number of countries are announcing less travel restrictions on vaccinated passengers.
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  • Indian Airlines expect vaccine cargo load to pick up by March-April, if more covid-19 vaccines get government approval and enough doses are available for the mass inoculation drive!
    So far, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara, GoAir and Air India have not seen significant contribution to cargo revenues from transport of vaccines for frontline workers, and are operating only limited flights. However, this is likely to change. SpiceJet, which anticipates a boom in cargo demand, has added two wide-body aircraft, a Boeing 767 and an Airbus A330, to its fleet, which now has 19 planes, including five wide-body aircraft. News reports said IndiGo, India’s largest airline, is contemplating launching a dedicated freighter service for vaccine transportation. “IndiGo transported a total 5,785 kg of shipments from SII and Bharat Biotech, vaccine vials equating to 2.16 million doses, between 12 January and 19 January." the airline said in a statement.
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  • Over-50s rush to book holidays as vaccine boosts confidence!
    Industry figures call it growing "vaccine confidence" about 2021. Whilst there is no doubt that the pandemic continues to put huge pressure on lives and the NHS, this is a small amount of sunshine for the travel industry, which has had a tough year. TUI, the UK's largest tour operator, says 50% of bookings on their website are currently by over-50s.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Israel sees 60% drop in hospitalizations for age 60 plus 3 weeks after 1st Pfizer shot
    Vaccines are quickly averting serious cases of COVID-19 among the most vulnerable members of society, an Israeli healthcare provider has indicated. The full effects of Pfizer’s vaccine are only slated to kick in around a month after the first shot, but data from Israel, home to the world’s fastest vaccination drive (30% of the population already vaccinated), has already shown that there is a stark drop in infections even before this point. Israel is now vaccinating over 220,000 people per day!
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