Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 7th of December

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 7th of December

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:

  • African Airline Association and Prodigy Avia Solutions webinar about a new Simulator Training Center in Africa
    Check out the webinar here.
  • Aviationfly's RFP List crosses the 100 request milestone
    Plenty of Projects happening in the pilot training industry...crossing the 100 requests which are just some of the many that we get come through our platform! A platform feature which we started earlier this year and are looking to build out next year.
    Check out the Requests for Proposals here.
  • Maldives requires another Flight School!
    Maldives’ Minister for Higher Education Dr Ibrahim Hassan stated, last Friday, his opinion that the island nation is in need of an additional flying school. At present, Gan International Airport located in Addu Atoll is home to the only flying school in Maldives. He stated that having another flying school would give rise to healthy competition among educators, as well as provide further training opportunities to aviation students!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • ALSIM, the global flight simulator manufacturer headquartered in France, expands its range of products with the launch of their brand new ALSR20, an exact replica of the Cirrus SR20 aircraft!
    This new simulator joins the family of specific devices produced by Alsim, already consisting of the AL172 (Cessna 172), AL40 and AL42 (Diamond DA40 and DA42)!
    Check out the ALSIM Profile here.
  • UK Student Pilots and Pilots - if you have a UK Pilot License only then post 31st of December you will not be able to fly for a European operator!
    If you are planning to apply to an European airlines you will need to have a valid EASA license! EASA holders can apply to UK operators thought - apparently it is currently a one way agreement.
    Source and discussion here.
  • Great overview of one of the largest Flight Schools in Australia - Flight Training Adelaide!
    Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) commenced operations in 1982. Over its 38-year history, FTA changed ownership on a number of occasions. As of 2005, FTA is owned by Hong Kong-based Young Brothers Aviation, which purchased the college from BAE Systems Australia. In 2020, FTA provided training for the following airlines (in alphabetical order) Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, China Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Cobham Aviation, Hong Kong Government Flying Service, IndiGo, Starlux, Skymark, Tag Aviation and Virgin Australia. In addition, FTA delivers training for students of its university partner, University of South Australia, and also to private students. Although these students are not affiliated with an airline they are trained to the same impeccable standard as the airline cadets, using the same resources. Over the last five years, FTA has made a significant investment in purchasing a full fleet of DA40 aircraft, DA40 procedural trainers, helicopter procedural trainers and two X737-800 simulators, one of which has an ATR flight model as well as FTA’S TRU A320 FFTX MPL simulator. FTA’s current aircraft fleet consists of: 32 X DA40s, 8 X DA42, 2 X CAP10
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Wright Brothers Flight Technology offers a 25% discount on its Cessna 172 FNPT II Simulators
    Offer valid for anyone who gets in contact with them before the end of the year!
    Check out the profile of Wright Brothers Flight Technology.
  • New video from VRPilot about their VRflow solution for Pilot Training!
    VRflow is an interactive cockpit flow trainer built on VR. Incorporating advanced learning technologies and interactive training scenarios, VRflow is an extremely efficient tool for both initial and recurring training for students as well as flight crew.
    Check out the video here and the profile of VRPilot.
  • Leading European low-cost carrier Ryanair buys 75 Boeing MAX jets in largest order this year!
    Budget airline Ryanair on Thursday ordered 75 Boeing 737 MAX jets with a list price of $9 billion, throwing a commercial lifeline to the embattled U.S. planemaker! Ryanair did not disclose the price it will pay, but traders say deals typically include discounts in excess of 50% of list prices. Ryanair was expected to win an even bigger discount of well over two-thirds in return for a headline-grabbing relaunch of the MAX that helps fill gaps left by cancellations, sources said. Part of the discount was compensation for the 18-month delay to the first delivery of the MAX, O’Leary said.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Indigo will remove leave without pay for all employees; asks them to come back to work!
    In a letter to entire workforce, CEO of Indigo stated that they are confident about picking up more business, and hence, “we are removing Leave Without Pay across all departments from January 1, 2021.” Indigo CEO expressed confidence that their overall traffic will reach pre-Covid levels by early 2021. He said, “At this point of time it looks like we are on a path to a graduated and measured recovery, and we are hopeful that the government will allow us to fly 100 percent of our domestic capacity by early next year,”
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Great analysis of the recovery of the Asian aviation market by Aviationweek - "ANALYSIS: China, Hong Kong And Taiwan Outlook: First In, First Out"
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • AirAsia Group to reduce fleet size in 2021
    AirAsia India will be the group’s only unit to see fleet growth by the end of 2021, amid an ongoing investment review conducted by the low-cost group. In slides presented at an analyst briefing following the release of its third-quarter results, AirAsia Group states in its outlook that it has “planned for reduction in our fleet count to match our expected recovery” post-pandemic. The group, comprising units in Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and India, anticipates a reduction of 23 aircraft by the end of 2021 to 221 aircraft. By the end of 2020, the group will have one less aircraft than the end of 2019. This is led by a decrease in fleet size from Thai AirAsia, as well as the now-shuttered AirAsia Japan. Malaysia-based AirAsia Berhad, as well as Indonesia AirAsia, will have zero aircraft growth for the year, while Philippines AirAsia and AirAsia India will expand their fleet by one and four aircraft respectively.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Indian startup Flybig Airlines has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an ATR 72-500, and has begun proving flights from its base in Indore, Madhya Pradesh state, in central India!
    Flybig’s strategy is to use India’s regional connectivity scheme (UDAN), in which local and national governments provide funding to bridge the viability gap on regional routes. Interesting to see another airline in India - this one is focusing on Turboprop!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • AirAsia ‘quietly optimistic’ about 2021 with focus on Asean!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Governments in Asia could require inbound travellers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, AirAsia Chief Executive Officer said on Wednesday.
    Tony Fernandes said at a CAPA Centre for Aviation event that he foresees the requirement becoming a trend in Asia.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • United Arab Emirates clears the Chinese Sinopharm's Covid-19 vaccine for mass use!
    Chinese vaccine is 86 per cent effective and is safe, says health ministry! This vaccine was granted Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) since September to protect frontline workers most at risk of Covid-19. The phase III trials have included 31,000 volunteers across 125 nationalities in the UAE alone.
    Source and discussion through this link.

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