Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 6 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 6 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:

  • Feature article about growing US Pilot Training Organisation - Epic Flight Academy and its history!
    Including their latest training infrastructure additions: 3 new Cessna 172 and a Full Motion Cessna 172 Simulator.
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  • Skift article - "Airlines will still face pilot shortage problem even after pandemic downsizings"
    One of the leading aviation media groups publishes article highlighting pilot requirement in the US. "Already during the first half of 2020, 50 percent of the pilot workforce was positioned to reach the mandatory stopping point — retirement — within 15 years, said Faye Malarkey Black, president and CEO of the Regional Airlines Association (RAA). Within the half of that workforce, 15 percent must retire in five years". “The pandemic has just temporarily made the issue seem like it isn’t an issue anymore,” said Women in Aviation CEO Allison McKay. But she added that when air travel goes back to 2019 levels, maybe in three to four years, the shortages will be just as severe. “The pandemic has caused the airlines to offer retirement to that older group of pilots, so when we go back to say, 2019 levels I think that by all accounts, the shortage could even be more urgent.”
    Source
  • Slovenian training aircraft maker Pipistrel reported a great year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with the company recording its best financial results to date!
    Pipistrel posted EUR 32 million in total revenue last year with a record-high net profit of EUR 4.5 million, up by 37% on 2019. The company employed an additional eight workers in 2020 and plans to recruit between 30 and 40 engineers for its development segment this year due to the expanded manufacturing capacities and volume of work. Boscarol, Director, believes that going down the path of carbon-neutral or electric aircraft was the right choice. Unlike its competitors, Pipistrel saw its number of orders remaining high. On the contrary, all of its 2021 manufacturing capacities have been already sold, Boscarol said, adding that the company was now brainstorming on how to double its capacities if needed. This year will again see numerous investments. The company plans to complete the construction of a facility in Italy’s Gorizia, as well as wrap up the upgrade of a plant in Vipava in western Slovenia. Moreover, production is expected to be launched in a new subsidiary in China, also in 2021.
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  • Indian DGCA allows Flight Instructors to approve trainer flights
    The Indian Government continues to support the development of the Indian Flight Training Industry - issuing an RFP for 12 new flight training academies at 6 airports, the start of domestic production of Avgas and now changes in the regulations for flight instructors!
  • Alpha Aviation Academy's UAE accreditation as an English Language Proficiency Testing Centre!
    Alpha Aviation Academy UAE, the Middle East’s leading pilot training provider and one of the largest and most recognized providers of the Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) in the world, further expands its business portfolio by acquiring approval to conduct English Language Proficiency assessments. Approved by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Alpha Aviation Academy is certified to assess candidates on English Language Proficiency tests to attain levels 4, 5, or 6 based on their degree of qualification and competence. Upon the successful completion of the assessments, Alpha grants GCAA-approved English Language Proficiency certificates for pilots and air traffic controllers.
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  • Brand-new Simulator Training Center - BAA Training Spain Starts Its Operations
    The first brand-new Airbus A320ceo Full Flight Simulator (FFS) starts being assembled this week, which will mark the beginning of BAA Training Spain operations. After all of the preparational works and auditing procedures are finalized, the FFS will be ready for training in March this year. The first groups of Type Rating pilot students will start training in March/April 2021. The state-of-the-art Airbus A320ceo FFS manufactured by CAE is suited to meet the specific needs of carriers and is certified according to EASA requirements. No later than 2021, a total of 5 more simulators, in addition to the Airbus A320ceo, will be added. They will represent 2 FFSs and 3 FTD Level 2 devices. The modern facility has room for 11 simulator bays in total, making it the biggest aviation training center in Southern Europe. After the first expansion stage with six simulators in place, BAA Training Spain will be increasing the complexity of its go-to-market strategy and adding more equipment. BAA Training Spain introduces a new cost-efficient opportunity to complete approximately 50% of the Type Rating program on an FTD Level 2 instead of an FFS.
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  • Interesting to see a proposal to turn one of Australia's Flight Schools - Tamworth’s vacant Flight Training School into a quarantine center for returning international passengers!
    One Boeing 737 could land at the airport every 14 days and the passengers would go straight across the tarmac into the flight school facilities and into quarantine!
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  • EVA Air Flight Training Academy recruiting pilot trainees for 2021
    Taiwan's EVA Air restarts Cadetship program with recruitment of first batch of pilot trainees for its internal flight school.
  • Bye Aerospace announced that production has commenced on Serial #001 for its two-seat all-electric eFlyer 2.
    The company is in the process of obtaining FAA Part-23 certification for the eFlyer 2 for the professional flight training mission. Bye Aerospace’s current and future families of aircraft feature engineering, research and electric aircraft solutions designed to specifically address compelling market needs. Benefits include five-fold lower operating costs, no CO2 emissions, and decreased noise. Bye Aerospace estimates the eFlyer will eventually eliminate the release of millions of metric tons of CO2 each year as its deliveries begin and the general aviation fleet is replaced.
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  • Electric training aircraft - Pipistrel - in demand!
    The first electric aircraft in the world to achieve type certification has been selling at a head-turning pace, with flight schools in many countries embracing carbon-free pilot training. Pipistrel reported swift sales in a January press release, with 111 Velis Electro aircraft delivered to date, and another 70 on order as the year began. Pipistrel announced the company is adding factory staff, “a second shift to take advantage of being the only certified electric aircraft manufacturer in the world,” the news release states. “Pipistrel is cooperating with dozens of OEM manufacturers, implementing Pipistrel electric propulsion into their fleets.” The company reported that 2020 was the first year in its history that it produced more electric aircraft than petroleum-powered models. The electric powerplant was certified separately by European regulators, allowing it to be installed on airframes made by others. Green Aerolease, a subsidiary of the W3 group founded by Charles Cabillic, together with the support of the French Federation of Aeronautics, also placed an order of 50 EASA Type-certified 2-seat aircraft Pipistrel Velis Electro, designed for PPL pilot training.
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  • Boost for Indian pilot training schools as Indian Oil Company to produce aviation gasoline (Avgas)!
    Indian Oil plans to locally produce aviation gasoline, a move that would enhance its availability and bring cost relief to pilot training schools in the country. Currently there are 32 flying training schools and the government wants more such institutions to come up within the country. While airlines operate jet engine Airbus or Boeing planes which run on aviation turbine fuel, training schools operate small piston engine aircraft which run on aviation gasoline or Avgas. Avgas rates are more than twice those of aviation turbine fuel and all of it is imported at present. Indian Oil (IOC) is now looking to produce Avgas domestically given the government’s thrust for pilot training and as a part of its own Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative! Paradip Refinery will start producing AvGas by March 2022 - the domestic production of AvGas will help bring down its cost from INR 135 per litre currently to below INR 70!
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  • This week's Pilot training organization's or related companies which are currently looking for new team members:
    - Pier Seven Aviation (UAE): Boeing 747-400 Part-Time TRIs & TREs, SFIs & SFEs required! Those who possess a CURRENT TRI/SFI or TRE/SFE rating and able to perform EASA Certified Training & Checks on the B747-400 please reach out to P7 Aviation
    - CAE (UK): Looking for a Chief Flight Instructor for these preferred locations - Preferred Locations: Brussels, Antwerp, Oxford. For more information please check out https://lnkd.in/dBM3mPu
    - Bye Aerospace (Colorado): Has started the production of its two-seat all-electric eFlyer 2 and is looking for a number of people https://lnkd.in/djet2vE
    - Aviationfly: We are looking for a Full Stack Wordpress Developer
  • Flight Academy at Las Vegas school allows students to study aviation virtually!
    The "Oder Flight Academy" launched this year using 10 Redbird Simulators. Students taking part in the course are learning what it takes to fly a plane along with aviation instruments, weather patterns and can earn up to 5 flight hours before finishing the course.
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  • Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority uncovers network allegedly involved in fake pilot licenses scam!
    The Pakistan Authorities are carrying out raids against accused allegedly involved in the scam after it emerged that some of the Civil Aviation Authority employees were using frontmen to collect money for the fake licenses. It was revealed that license branch employees allegedly received hundreds of thousands of rupees from each pilot for a paper and in return, another person was allowed to sit in place of the pilot. The Authority has acquired remand of some of the license branch officials and pilots and also expanded investigation circle. It is worth to mention here that the Pakistan CAA on January 27, adopted effective measures to remove the concerns of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding the issuance of pilots’ licenses. The ICAO had identified Significant Security Concerns (SSCs) regarding the personnel licensing and training in relation to the licensing of pilots and sought a response from the country’s aviation authority till February 3.
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  • Very interesting article by Simple Flying - Why Are We Seeing So Many Airline Start Ups Despite The Pandemic?
    Some of the key points:
    - Lower costs across the board
    -Availability of staff
    - New opportunities (the emergence of new, regional routes has opened up opportunities for new airlines to possibly fill the gap.)
    - Filling the gaps (left by large airlines stopping operations on certain routes)
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  • Latest survey by a UK pilot recruitment agency and global aviation online news platform FlightGlobal shows that more than half of world's airline pilots no longer flying (based on their dataset)
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  • US based Spirit plans to resume new hire pilot classes in March
  • Singpore Airlines allows Tata Sons to go ahead with solo bid for Air India, waives no-compete clause!
    Singapore Airlines, with which Tata Sons operates full-service airline Vistara, has reportedly waived off a non-compete clause, and is unlikely to partner with the holding company of the $113-billion coffee-to-cars conglomerate to bid for the beleaguered national carrier Air India. In December, the Mumbai-based conglomerate had submitted an expression of interest (EoI) for the embattled airline.
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  • Great news for the aviation industry?
    A total of 371 out of 715,425 Israelis who passed at least a week after receiving two doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine have contracted the virus – 0.04%, with 16 being sent to the hospital – according to a Health Ministry report released on Thursday. Immunity to COVID-19 is supposed to kick in a week after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. According to the studies conducted by Pfizer, the vaccine had an efficacy of about 95%, which is considered very high. The Israeli data appear to confirm the inoculation’s effectiveness, showing an even more promising result.
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