Philippines-based Alpha Aviation Group Welcomes African Delegation in April 2024

Clark, Philippines based aviation and pilot training group Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) Philippines welcomed a Libyan Embassy delegation during its graduation ceremony on 27 April 2024. The delegation welcomed the Libyan cadet that AAG graduated. The delegation also toured AAG’s facilities.

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Middle East Pilot Training Organization Etihad Aviation Training to Instal eVTOL Flight Simulator in 2024

  • The goal of the partnership with Etihad Aviation Training (“Etihad Training”) is to support Archer’s efforts to establish urban aircraft mobility operations across the UAE in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (“ADIO”), and other local partners, including Falcon Aviation and Air Chateau.
  • Archer and Etihad Training intend to collaborate together to recruit and train pilots to operate Archer’s Midnight aircraft.
  • Together, Archer and Etihad Training intend to engage with the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (“GCAA”) to establish an appropriate pilot training curriculum in the UAE to enable safe and efficient Archer eVTOL operations as soon as 2025.

Archer Aviation Inc., a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) with Etihad Training that lays the groundwork for a partnership to recruit and train prospective pilots for Archer’s Midnight aircraft in Abu Dhabi to fly aircraft across the UAE. The MOU was announced at the start of the Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where Archer is showcasing its Midnight aircraft for the first time in the country.

Training a fleet of pilots to operate our aircraft is a critically important part of our efforts to establish a thriving urban air mobility network in Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE, and Etihad Training is the premier organization to partner with on this front,” said Archer’s Chief Commercial Officer, Nikhil Goel. “As Etihad Training’s first eVTOL partner, we will commence a thoughtful recruiting process and begin to train the first class of qualified pilots to operate Archer’s Midnight aircraft for commercial operations within the region.

Etihad Training’s CEO, Captain Paolo La Cava, said: “Etihad Aviation Training today recruits and trains pilots to fly with dozens of global airlines. We couldn’t be more excited to choose Archer as our first eVTOL partner to recruit and train the first class of electric air taxi pilots to fly Archer’s Midnight aircraft right here in Abu Dhabi as soon as 2025. We look forward to installing the Archer Midnight flight simulator in our facilities later this year.

As part of the planned partnership, Archer intends to deliver a Midnight aircraft simulator to be housed and staffed by Etihad Training at its training center in Abu Dhabi for research and development of pilot training competencies, to support the required regulatory certifications. Etihad Training will engage with the GCAA to establish appropriate pilot training requirements in the UAE all in support of safe and efficient operations of Archer’s aircraft.

Archer has been working with various entities within Abu Dhabi and Dubai to accelerate the operation of its air taxi services across the region. This announcement is yet another step in the development of Archer’s infrastructure within the region.

In late April, Archer and ADIO signed an agreement that accelerates Archer’s planned commercial air taxi operations in the UAE, slated to launch as early as next year. This includes in-country manufacturing, operations, and training across the region. This comprehensive agreement positions Abu Dhabi as one of the world’s leaders in promoting urban air mobility, with plans to commence air taxi operations with Archer’s Midnight aircraft as soon as next year.

Archer’s goal is to transform urban travel, replacing 60–90-minute commutes by car with estimated 10–20-minute electric air taxi flights that are safe, sustainable, low noise, and cost-competitive with ground transportation. Archer’s Midnight is a piloted, four-passenger aircraft designed to perform rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charge time between flights.

About Archer

Archer is designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for use in urban air mobility networks. Archer’s mission is to unlock the skies, freeing everyone to reimagine how they move and spend time. Archer’s team is based in Santa Clara, CA.

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Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Announces Fleet Expansion with the Addition of 4 New Piper Aircraft in May 2024

United States based Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology proudly announces the expansion of its training fleet with the acquisition of four pristine Piper Aircraft to be used at their Tulsa Flight Facility. This brings Spartan’s total Piper Archer training aircraft to 40 since December 2020. This strategic move is aimed at accommodating the increasing training demand for qualified pilots in the aviation sector.

Celebrating over 95 years of instruction in aviation education, Spartan College has been at the forefront of technical training for pilots and aviation maintenance professionals. With campuses in Tulsa, OK; Los Angeles Area; Inland Empire, CA Area; and Denver, CO Area, Spartan has welcomed students from all 50 states and over 40 countries, evidencing its global reach.

Since Spartan’s establishment in 1928, we’ve seen over 100,000 students train for careers as pilots and mechanics. By continuing to expand our fleet of new aircraft, we are increasing our commitment not only to our present and future students but also to the aviation industry at large,” says Rob Polston, CEO of Spartan College.

The Vero Beach-based aircraft manufacturer, Piper Aircraft, renowned for its production of the iconic Archer Aircraft since 1975, is responsible for the new additions to Spartan’s fleet. The Piper Archer is celebrated for its reliability and advanced technology, making it a staple in the training of novice aviators and flight schools globally.

It is an honor to continue our partnership with Spartan College and provide them with 4 more Archers to support their premier flight program,” said John Calcagno, Piper Aircraft, Inc. President & CEO. “Piper Aircraft trainers are known for their reliability and ease of use, and that is why they are a top choice for flight training in the industry.

This expansion of Spartan College’s fleet is a key component of the institution’s ongoing capital investment strategy, aimed at training and then supplying the aerospace and aviation sectors with a steady stream of adept, certified professionals ready to enter the workforce.

In response to the looming pilot shortage detailed in the most recent Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, Spartan College offers courses designed to quickly prepare students for FAA pilot certification exams. The comprehensive program equips students with the skills and experience required for multiple FAA part 141 pilot certifications in as few as 17 months.

We are thrilled to introduce four new Piper Archers to the growing Spartan fleet.  The aircraft are equipped with the most current technology to enhance our students’ training experience,” explained Beau Schrader, vice president of flight operations at Spartan College. “The Piper Archers are outfitted with today’s avionics, including the Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck.  Pilots will benefit from enhanced situational awareness, intuitive controls, and seamless navigation capabilities.

About Spartan College

Established in 1928, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has trained over 100,000 pilots and technicians. The Tulsa, OK campus is licensed by the O.B.P.V.S. Campuses are located in the following areas: Tulsa, OK; Los Angeles, CA; Inland Empire, CA; and Denver, CO. Spartan students have come from across the United States and over 40 countries. To learn more and for consumer information, location of training, school licensing and accreditation visit Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by campus and are subject to change. Third-party certifications and employment opportunities are not guaranteed. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Administrative office: Spartan Education Group, LLC, 1 N. Franklin St., Suite 2125, Chicago, IL 60606

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fl., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single and twin-engine aircraft and is the first general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world to certify Garmin Autoland. The single-engine M-Class series, the M700 FURY, M500, and M350, offers businesses and individuals elegant performance, value and a superior ownership experience. The Personal Class, Archer LX and Archer DLX balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in a piston-powered aircraft. The Trainer Class Pilot 100i, Archer TX, Archer DX, and Seminole aircraft form the most complete technically advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

About the Piper Archer TX 

As a classroom, the Piper Archer TX provides students everything needed to learn to fly safely. Standard instrumentation includes a Garmin G1000 NXi glass cockpit and G5 standby display, a perfect mixture of low workload and high technology. Piper’s specially created flight school interior, designed to withstand the rigors of flight training, is standard, and the option for factory-installed air conditioning adds to the Archer’s appeal as a training aircraft. Building on over sixty years of PA-28 manufacturing expertise, the Piper Archer TX stands in a class all its own when it comes to reliability, stability, and ease of operation for students and instructors alike.

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UK Pilot Training Group Leading Edge Aviation Announces 2024 Appointment for Senior Instructor, Project Manager, and Course Developer

United Kingdom-headquartered pilot training group Leading Edge Aviation, which operates flight training bases in the UK and Spain, has appointed Mike Upson as Senior Instructor, Project Manager, and Course Developer as of May 2024. Learn more about Leading Edge Aviation or Mr. Upson by connecting with him through his LinkedIn profile here.

Source: Mike Upson (Leading Edge Aviation)
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