Flight School Association of North America Announces Accrediting Organisation for Flight Training

On February 28, the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) announced the founding of a new business entity, the International Aerospace Accrediting Commission (IACC).

IACC is an accrediting organization created for the flight training and aerospace industry. It has created a program which will enhance the overall quality in the flight training space by establishing a set of standards that schools must follow without deviations. Accredited schools will also be able to enroll students who have borrowed money under the U.S. Department of Education Title IV loan program.

“This accreditation program will enhance the overall quality and delivery in the career flight training system,” according to Bob Rockmaker, FSANA president & CEO. “Schools will seek accreditation in order to become best-in-class providers. Schools will also have the option to enroll students who have borrowed funds from the U.S. Department of Education assuming they meet all of the accrediting standards.”

Screening of Applicants

A part of this process includes that an Accredited school must conduct a skills assessment/pilot screening (appropriate to the program of study) to ensure students have the ability to benefit from the training. Such assessment should generally include, but need not be limited to, the following: basic mental abilities including information processing, spatial abilities and reasoning; composite mental abilities including psychomotor skills and multitasking; operational abilities including situation awareness and workload management; and relevant personality traits and social-interpersonal skills.

Accreditation Seminars

A part of this effort included the first day-long accreditation seminar for attendees who may be pursuing accreditation. Accrediting organizations typically operate two accreditation seminars during the calendar year. This first seminar fulfills the requirement which is included in the updated accreditation standards which were rolled out on February 28, 2023.

Continuing its development and expansion of accreditation efforts in the flight training sector, FSANA offered this as it also announced the new accrediting body. These are steps toward helping flight training providers become accredited which will eventually lead to them being able to access federal funding for their customers seeking flight training even in non-collegiate operations.

Pre-accreditation is planned to open in March 2023. Schools that are pre-accredited will be among the first to be eligible to make the connection with the U.S. Department of Education Title IV student loan program. The connection to Title IV funds is a bonus and added value to the core reasons for becoming an accredited flight training provider.

Source: FSANA Press Release

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US Pilot Simulator Training Center, Paramount Aviation Services, Doubles Boeing 757 Simulator and Flight Training Capacity in Florida

With the FAA certification of a second Boeing 757-200 Full Flight Simulator, Paramount Aviation Services, a leader in commercial aviation training and flight simulator services, significantly increases B757 simulator capacity for its customers.

“B757 Passenger and cargo operators voiced concern that B757 simulator capacity was one their biggest pilot training bottlenecks,” said Vincent La Forgia, President of Paramount Aviation Services. We made a commitment to fix this problem by installing a second simulator in Miami and today, our new B757 simulator is a fulfillment of that promise.

Paramount’s highly experienced SimOps Engineering team led the installation, upgrade, and FAA certification process in Miami.  The new flight training device has broadened Paramount’s support of new and existing B757 operators around the globe.

The venerable Boeing 757 has proven to be a preferred aircraft choice for expansion by many of today’s air cargo operators.  Fueling this growth is a plentiful supply of feed-stock aircraft available for passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions.

Paramount’s new B757 device joins a growing fleet of commercial full-flight simulators that includes, B767, B737NG, 737CL-EFIS, and MD-88 full-flight training devices.

About Paramount Aviation Services

Paramount Aviation provides flight training and simulator services that supports commercial, business, and military flight operations worldwide. Paramount’s Miami International Airport flight training campus is home to a state-of-the-art twelve (12) bay simulator facility situated at 3814 Curtiss Parkway, Miami, Florida, 33166.

Source: Paramount Aviation Services Press Release
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Philippines’ Alpha Aviation Group Maintenance Training Center Internship Programs Go Full Swing

AAG International Center for Aviation Training (AICAT) Maintenance Training Center (MTC) operations continue to go full-swing as it welcomed on 03 March 2023 the second batch of the Flight Dispatcher Internship Program (FDIP) comprising of fifteen (15) students from PATTS College of Aeronautics.

Capt. Vicente Casibang II (AAG Philippines Accountable Manager) and Capt. Napoleon Garcia (AICAT-AMO Accountable Manager) formally welcomed the trainees. Both Accountable Managers underscored the important role of flight dispatchers in ensuring safe and efficient flight operations and reaffirmed AAG’s commitment to providing the best possible training value and experience, which would allow the trainees to develop the skills and confidence they need to excel in their careers. They also emphasized the value of learning and development as the trainees prepare to embark ontheir journeys in the aviation industry.

The FDIP is a 2-month-long specialized training designed to provide trainees with extensive knowledge in operating flight dispatch systems for small aircraft like the Cessna C172 and Tecnam P2006T.

Aside from the FDIP, the AICAT-MTC also offers Aviation Maintenance Internship Program (AMIP), Aeronautical Engineering Internship Program (AEIP) and Supplemental Proficiency Program (SPP).

Source: Alpha Aviation Group Philippines (AAGP) Press Release
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Source: BAA Training Vietnam Announcement

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