Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 9 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 9 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:

  • Flyschool Air Academy in Spain renews its confidence in ALSIM in acquiring a second AL250 simulator for its new base in Mallorca
    The AL250 simulator addresses initial phase training needs (PPL, CPL, IR/ME) and is SEP/MEP re-configurable simulator certified as an EASA FNPT II. In addition, it offers both classic and glass cockpit instrumentation for each flight model at the simple flick of a switch. This device has been extremely well received since its creation and more than 65 of these have already been installed and are in successful operation worldwide!
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  • This week's pilot training organizations looking to hire:
    - FlyBy School in Spain is looking for Flight Instructors
    - Oman Aviation Academy is looking for EASA qualified MCC Instructors or TRI/TRE for its new B737 MPS FTD
    - SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) in India is looking for a simulator instructor for its Elite PI 1000 FNPT II
    - P7 Aviation - a simulator training center in the UAE is looking for B747 SFI/TRI/TRE
    - Lanmei Training Center - a simulator training center in Cambodia is looking for an Airbus A320 Simulator Engineer (preference if they have TRU experience)
    - ATP - one of the leading Pilot Training organisations in the US is looking for FAA Aviation Ground Instructor to work remotely
    More information found here
  • L3's Thailand Simulator Training Center - Asian Aviation Training Center (AATC) get's government approval for travel bubble
    AATC has been approved by the Thailand Ministry of Public Health to be a government-designated organizational quarantine facility (OQ). AATC is approved to offer the ATR42/72 Classic ATR72-600 and Airbus A320 Dry Lease training without quarantine requirements.
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  • Western Michigan University is expanding its College of Aviation - moving into a new US$24 million facility!
    WMU has the third largest aviation program in the US and with the construction of the new building, the College of Aviation hopes to continue to expand as they are currently maxed out in terms of student numbers! The program has grown 35% in five years and had around 1,000 students!
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  • Spanish Flight School - Quality Fly Flight School and simulator training group Global Training Aviation have signed a collaboration agreement
    Through which the students of the Quality Fly integrated course will be able to complete their MCC + APS training using the FFS level D simulators that GTA has at its Madrid headquarters.
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  • Global Pilot Training Group Skyborne announces proposed acquisition of Florida based Vero Beach Flight Training Academy!
    “Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach” will offer prospective pilots US FAA Part 141 approved training on a 13-month residential programme, as well as individual, part-time modules. It will also serve as a fair-weather base for Skyborne’s UK CAA Integrated ATPL programme, and welcome trainees from the Academy’s IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme as they complete their US FAA 141 CPL SEIR plus ME flying. Lee Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, Skyborne Aviation Group Limited, says: “This is a great day for Skyborne as we expand our global training footprint. Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach will deliver a unique value proposition to the US pilot training market, and we’ll soon share further information on our plans for this world-class facility." Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach will open in spring 2021, located on a 10-acre site between Orlando and West Palm Beach, With over 200 recently renovated bedrooms, a swimming pool, soccer field, volleyball court, cafes and bookshops, trainees can enjoy a full campus experience.
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  • French Pilot Training Academy Aerofutur has choosen ALSIM for a new ALSIM ALS Simulator
    The ALSIM ALX provides up to 4 classes of aircraft–from single engine piston, twin engine piston, twin turbine up to medium category twin jets (generic B737/A320). The device is designed and approved for ATPL, CPL, APS/MCC in compliance with all current regulatory standards. The ALX offers advanced technology simulation equipment tailored to all specific training requirements. In addition, it has a proven track record for cost- effectiveness and helps save numerous aircraft hours. “We were impressed by the great reactivity of Alsim’s teams, which came and visit us to understand our needs. Their extensive experience with more than 400 simulators worldwide comforted us in our choice.” according to Lionel Marti, Manager and Head of Training of Aerofutur.
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  • Ghana Flight School - CTK Flight Academy rebrands to STARWEST Flight Academy targets development to become leading Flight School for Central and West Africa!
    Founded in 2006 STARWEST Flight Academy's air fleet consists of five Cessna 172s and a Beechcraft Duchess 76 and utilizes the ELITE flight simulator systems for simulator training. The academy follows the Jeppesen (a Boeing Company) syllabus for its ground school curriculum approved by the Federal Aviation Authority and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority. “We decided to rebrand ourselves and go with a name that matches both our vision and personality. As we set the golden standard of aviation training right here in the heart of West Africa, we believe our new name STARWEST, the Star of West Africa does exactly that."
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  • Simulator Manufacturer AMST announced a contract for extensive software upgrade, including UPRT to an in-service FFS, which will be completed in just 12 weeks.
  • Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) announces new model for its pilot training scheme
    LAT will focus on a "Campus training" model - a course of training comparable to a university degree. Training to be done in Germany - developing its Bremen location as a center of excellence for theoretical training models and flight training to be done in Rostock-Laage! Lufthansa Aviation Training currently does not accept any new applicants!
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  • SpiceJet owner shows interest in Air India!
    SpiceJet promoter Ajay Singh and two other investors are said to have shown interest in acquiring Air India. Singh is interested in buying 100 per cent in Air India in personal capacity. He is likely to be supported by investors, one of which is a foreign fund. With both the Tata Group and SpiceJet promoter interested in Air India - will we see large scale consolidation over the next 5 years in the Indian Aviation industry?
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  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says it expects its digital Covid Travel Pass will be ready "within weeks".
    The pass is an app that verifies a passenger has had the Covid-19 tests or vaccines required to enter a country. It also verifies they were administered by an approved authority. "The key issue is one of confidence. Passengers need to be confident that the testing they've taken is accurate and will allow them to enter the country." said Vinoop Goel, IATA’s regional director of airports and external relations. "And then governments need to have the confidence that the tests that the passengers claim to have is one which is accurate and meets their own conditions." Singapore Airlines was the first airline to start trials of the travel pass in December. Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand are among the other airlines currently conducting trials, and IATA says it is discussing the pass with most airlines throughout the Asia Pacific region. "We are currently working with a number of airlines worldwide and learning from these pilots. And the plan is to go live in March," Mr Goel said. "So basically we expect to have a fully functional working system over the next few weeks."
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  • Ethiopian Airlines cash positive! 50 flights/week to China!
    African airlines were grounded for the period from Mar- to Sep-2020, and with no aid forthcoming it has been difficult for many airlines. As a result "the African airline industry has been severely damaged". Ethiopian Airlines could see that there was an opportunity with cargo demand and made a quick decision to build up capacity. That has helped the airline manage its cash flow without any bailout money or borrowing, and without any lay-offs or any salary reduction. The airline is operating to China with 50 widebody flights a week on average, plus operations to and via Europe with PPE and other medical supplies. In the absence of meaningful partnerships Ethiopian has been trying to establish hubs in West Africa, Malawi and Chad, as well as with Zambia. They have also established an airline in Mozambique.
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  • United Airlines placed a $1 billion order for all-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) from Archer Aviation!
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