Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 8 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 8 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:

  • Aviationfly signs up to exhibit at Dubai Airshow 2021!
    The event scheduled for the 14 to 18 November is going to be the largest and maybe only Airshow of 2021! If you are curious to learn more about the event kindly contact us.
  • TAFE Queensland and Airways Aviation have partnered to give the Gold Coast’s aspiring flyers the ability to earn a nationally accredited aviation qualification while they train to become commercial pilots!
    The first cohort is set to take off in April, with students completing a Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) while learning to navigate the skies out of the Gold Coast International Airport. TAFE Queensland’s Diploma of Aviation is a full-time, 12-month course giving students the skills and experience to take their career to new heights with a mix of theory and practical hands-on training.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Aviationfly - Connecting the Pilot Training Ecosystem just published its latest review of the Q3 quarterly earnings by global pilot training leader CAE:
    - 18% increase in Revenue vs. second quarter
    - 50% Training centre utilization - same as in Q2 and expected to be similar for Q4.
    - 10 FFS delivered
    - 3 new FFS sales
    - Strengthened financial position through the issuance of $495 million of common equity (first priority to invest in accreditive growth opportunities)
    - CAD$329mn training contracts:
    *3 FFS Sales and a five-year exclusive business aviation training agreement with the Bundeswehr of Germany for the Global Vision.
    *Exclusive training agreement with MasAir, a new cargo airline in Mexico
    *5 year extension of exclusive training agreement with Iberia for all their training
    *5 year training agreement with TUI Airways
    *2 year exclusive pilot training agreement with LOT Polish Airlines (broad range of aircraft platforms)
    *5 year housing agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways
    - 3 acquisitions: Flight Simulation Company (Simulator Training Center in the Netherlands),TRU Simulation + Training Canada (Simulator Manufacturer) and Merlot Aero Limited (Flight Crew Management).
    Find the full review here.
  • BRUNNER AG wins tender for providing mixed reality training solution to Lufthansa Aviation Training AG Switzerland!
    BRUNNER has been awarded a contract to provide its NOVASIM Mixed Reality Full Motion Simulator in a DA-42 configuration for Pilot Training at LAT Switzerland. The highly contested tender was won over other Virtual Realty Simulator companies. “It is a great pleasure and honor that one of the biggest, best known and recognized Pilot Training Academies has selected our company to collaborate on the next generation Flight Training Device based on our Full Motion Mixed Reality Simulator NOVASIM, Roger Klingler, CEO at BRUNNER, said. This all new and truly innovative Mixed Reality Simulator will be used for Cadet Pilot Training at LAT’s Training Center in Zürich. NOVASIM MR is the first full motion Mixed Reality Simulator on the market and the result of a strong partnership with Flight Safety International and VARJO. The NOVASIM MR Mixed Reality setup enables the pilot in training, wearing a VARJO XR-3 Headset, to interact with a real DA-42 cockpit including the G1000 Glass Cockpit and benefit from the stunning 360 deg full virtual external view of Flight Safety’s VITAL 1150 Level-D Image Generator!
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  • Indian Aviation ministry mulls making graduate degree mandatory for pilot licence!
    Currently, a candidate aspiring to become a commercial pilot in India needs to pass Class 10+2 with physics and mathematics from a recognized board or university or pass its equivalent examination to fulfill minimum educational qualification. "We are exploring this possibility of a graduate degree being minimum educational requirement for a candidate aspiring to become a pilot in India," a senior government official said. "Pilots do not remain pilots for the rest of their professional career. If they want to switch their career after let’s say 20 years of flying, then a graduate degree may come in handy and help them in roles across leadership and executive profiles," the official added.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Anyone interested in attending the key Chinese Pilot Training conference (6th Annual Civil Aviation Training International Forum) happening at the end of April?
    If you would like to know more information send us a message and we will forward the information to you.
  • Australia's New South Wales TAFE (an Australian vocational education and training provider) partners with Sydney's Basair Aviation College
    NSW Tertiary Education Minister Geoff Lee said the new arrangement would provide world-class training to students at Basair's base in southwest Sydney. Students would be eligible for a VET Student Loan, with a 12-month Diploma of Aviation leading to a commercial pilot licence costing $95,900. Students will have a choice of two different Diploma of Aviation courses, giving them the qualifications required to pilot private charters, freight and commercial passengers. Basair Aviation College CEO David Trevelyan said the partnership marked a new era in aviation training for NSW that would ensure a pipeline of world-class pilots to support the industry and the economy. Basair operates the third-largest aircraft fleet in Australia and has been training pilots for 30 years, with hundreds of graduates now flying for major airlines all over the world. Registrations are open for anyone aged 17 or over beginning in May. There are 130 spots available across a 12-month period, with 25 spots per class, and four intakes a year.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Interview with the leadership of one of the fastest growing flight schools in Europe - FlyBy's CEO Alex Alvarez
    "We are going to be the odd one out because 2020 was a very good year for us. We were impacted by Covid-19 and we were grounded for three months and it had a massive impact for us and our students. On the flight hours [side], despite being grounded for three months our growth was 84% and we added three more aeroplanes and one more simulator to our fleet, as well as nearly ten more staff." "Our school is mainly training self-sponsored students and once they have committed to completing this training, they are here for the long run and aren’t looking at the short-term situation. Our strong performance in 2020 had a very positive impact. Being financially strong plays an important factor when it comes to students [choosing us] as they see that we keep investing and we’re financially strong and optimistic about the future."
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Spirit Airlines is hiring pilots and flight attendants again in hopes of pandemic recovery!
    - Spirit plans to resume new pilot and flight attendant training courses next month for the first time since early in the pandemic.
    - The airline expects to be back to 2019 capacity levels by early summer.
    “We’ll be a big hirer again,” CEO Ted Christie said Thursday. “Growth in the airline industry is going to be at the leisure end, and we’re the primary server of that guest.”
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • This week pilot training organization or suppliers looking to hire:
    - CAE is looking for Flight Instructor FI (MEP-IR) in Belgium
    - BAA Training is looking for a number of roles in China and Europe
    - H3 Grob Aircraft is looking for a senior aircraft sales engineer
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • US based Pilot Training Group - Hillsboro Aero Academy launches Certified Flight Instructor Completion Program
    The program will allow international flight training students to take its flight instructor course and then qualify for employment in the U.S. for up to 23 months! HAA launched the new program largely in response to growing demand from international flight students with commercial pilot ratings from flight schools that do not offer additional training for CFI ratings. These students are left without viable options for building sufficient flight hours to fly commercially upon return to their home countries. The new initiative allows students to enter Hillsboro Aero Academy's existing Professional Pilot Program at the CFI stage. Under the school's F-1 visa status, these students can complete their CFI ratings over approximately 6-9 months, then qualify for employment as Certified Flight Instructors in the U.S. for up to 23 months under Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) rules.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Green Aerolease buys 50 Pipistrel e-planes for pilot training!
    Pipistrel has received an order for its EASA certified electric aircraft Velis Electro through Green Aerolease. The company specialising in aeroplanes as a service (AAS) will lease the e-planes to pilot schools in cooperation with the French Aviation Federation. Deployment of the two-seater zero-emission aircraft will start in France in only a few months. Other countries in Europe will follow within the next three years, then sharing a fleet of a total of 200 Pipistrel electric aircraft, according to Green Aerolease. According to Ivo Boscarol, founder and CEO of Pipistrel Aircraft, the Green Aerolease concept “will allow the use of zero-emission aircraft to the clubs and schools who are not in the position to invest in procuring an aircraft fleet, but they can afford reasonable monthly rental fees.” The Pipistrel Velis Electro is the first EASA type-certified electric aircraft. Certification happened in a record time of under three years, thanks to the close cooperation between the Slovenian manufacturer and the authorities.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Indian Flight School - Government Flying Training School - is grounded
    One of the country’s oldest flying institutes, Government Flying Training School (GFTS) in Jakkur, no longer has a Flight Training Organisation (FTO License). One of the reason seems to be that the flight school currently does not have a Chief Flight Instructor and is still in the process of hiring one.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines Group hope to make passengers feel more comfortable by promoting their vaccinated pilots and cabin crews!
    On Wednesday, Etihad Airways announced it was “the first airline in the world with 100% vaccinated crew on board.” Not to be outdone, Singapore Airlines Group said its three carriers — Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot — on Thursday would be among the first airlines in the world to operate flights with all pilots and cabin crew vaccinated.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Another new airline in India?
    Former Jet Airways CEO, Vinay Dube and Senior Executive Praveen Iyer are planning to launch a new low-cost-carrier. “The duo have started working on a roadmap for the airline, they plan to launch the airline before the end of next fiscal,” said one of the people. Dube was the CEO of Jet Airways before it was grounded in April 2019, and at the same time, Iyer was a Senior Executive. Post their stint at the debt-strapped airline, both were hired in the top management as CEO and CCO respectively in GoAir. However, both quit in less than a year. According to sources, Dube, who has also worked with GoAir, sees a huge potential in the LCC sector in India. “If one was to start applying for licenses now, and have conversations with lessors at the moment, there is a high possibility that by the end of FY22, the airline would be in the sky.”
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Indian Airline - GoAir revives IPO plans, Wadia group may dilute 30% stake in the airline!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Nigerian based startup to watch Green Africa is looking for experienced ATR72-600 Captains!
    All nationalities can apply!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • New Israeli Covid drug which cured 30 cases of disease hailed by scientists as 'huge breakthrough'!
    A new coronavirus treatment being developed at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Medical Center has successfully completed phase 1 trials and appears to have helped numerous moderate-to-serious cases of COVID-19 quickly recover from the disease, the hospital said Friday. Hailing a “huge breakthrough,” the hospital said Prof. Nadir Arber’s EXO-CD24 substance had been administered to 30 patients whose conditions were moderate or worse, and all 30 recovered — 29 of them within three to five days.
    Source and discussion through this link.

 

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