New Zealand-based Flight School Inducts 17 New Student Pilots in February 2024

1978 established New Zealand flight training organisation Nelson Aviation College, which offers a wide range of courses including Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Basic Gas Turbine, and Instrument Rating, has inducted around 17 new student pilots to its February 2024 intake of Private Pilot License (PP) and Diploma students.

Back in October 2023 Nelson Aviation College shared that it had partnered with flight simulator manufacturer True Course Simulations (TCS) and took delivery of the flight school’s first TCS Immersive Training Device (ITD).

Source: Nelson Aviation College
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Global Airline Training Provider AAG Announces New Partnership with Indian FTO Blue Ray Aviation – Extending Operations in India

Alpha Aviation Group (AAG), a leading global provider of aviation training, is announcing a significant expansion of its operations in India, a key growth area for the business.

AAG is signing a Memorandum of Understanding at the Singapore Airshow with Gujrat, India based Blue Ray Aviation, a flight training organisation approved by the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), to provide end-to-end training for commercial pilots. Blue Ray Aviation operating from the Mehsana airfield, operates a fleet of C172s and a Piper Seneca at state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities.

The joint venture will provide a one-stop training solution for airlines, streaming Blue Ray’s commercial pilot license (CPL) graduates to the AAG Centre for Aviation Training (ACAT) in Chennai, run in partnership with Anemos Aviation, where the CPL pilots are type rated on airline passenger aircraft.

In another highlight, ACAT has signed a purchase agreement with SIM International to acquire an A320 Neo Standard V2.1 simulator, ensuring that the training centre provides cutting-edge training opportunities for the Indian market. The centre in Chennai is currently operating at capacity and ACAT is investing heavily in advanced Level D flight simulators to meet the continuing rise in demand. ACAT plans to add a third A320 to its fleet in 2025, alongside a B737 Max.

Nearly 1,500 new commercial pilots will be required each year for the next three years as the airline industry in India continues to grow. Currently, 810 commercial aircraft are operating in India, but that number will increase to 1,430 by 2027, a 76% increase over three years.

ACAT is further expanding its training footprint in India by venturing into cabin crew training. ACAT is proud to announce the inauguration of its premier cabin crew training centre in Siliguri, strategically located as the gateway to the North-East states of India. With India set to receive more than 1,000 aircraft deliveries in the next decade, the demand for skilled cabin crew is estimated to exceed 25,000 personnel, and Siliguri is poised to become a pivotal hub for cabin crew recruitment.

The centre features the first A320 mock-up in the region, providing students with an immersive training experience, and has capacity to train 500 students annually. It is spearheaded by industry veteran Arlene Marwah, who brings more than 40 years of experience in aviation including leadership roles in Inflight Service Departments at multiple airlines.

AAG’s increased investment in India comes after a record post-Covid year for AAG (Philippines) with pilot cadet enrolments in the market increasing year-on-year by 55% in 2023. AAG has also announced new ventures in Singapore as it expands across Asia Pacific.

AAG Group COO Cristopher Magdangal said: “India is a very significant market for AAG because there is huge pent-up demand, and we are ramping up our operations accordingly. AAG has earned an outstanding reputation in Asia Pacific as a leading pilot training provider, committed to the highest standards. We are proud to work with major airlines across the region and we look forward to building new relationships with partners in India. Our partnership with Blue Ray Aviation, together with further investments in our existing facilities, will provide airlines with an end-to-end training offering. We are increasing our capacity so that we can cater to the growing needs of leading airlines; we are already delivering localised A320 training and in the future, we also plan to offer training on B737 Max Full Flight Simulators”.

Blue Ray Aviation Chairman Rajiv Gandhi said: “We are delighted to announce this joint venture with AAG, and we are excited by the potential to grow our partnership because our offering is unique in the Indian market. By combining our resources and expertise, we can offer a complete pilot training solution for the industry. We are confident that this offering will be very attractive to our existing partners and will help solve capacity issues in the industry”.

About Alpha Aviation Group

AAG is a leading provider of aviation training solutions, working with airlines across the globe. It specializes in cadet assessment and selection, type ratings and flagship ab-initio cadet programs. All these are tailored and optimized to the operational needs of its partner airlines.

AAG Centre for Aviation Training (ACAT), India is an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) offering training on Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulator.

The domestic and Southeast Asian markets are served from AAG’s base in the Philippines where they operate an Approved Training Organization (ATO) and a certified Type Rating Training Organization (TRTO) for the Airbus A320. It also has the only EASA-certified Level D Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulator in its Philippine platform. In February 2024, AAG (Singapore) announced a joint venture in Indonesia with FlyBest Academy.

Source: Alpha Aviation Group

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Global Airline Training Provider AAG Announces Partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia, Extending its Operations in the Asia Region

AAG and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today at the Singapore Airshow 2024, further solidifying a strategic partnership aimed at advancing aviation education and training initiatives.

The collaboration between Embry-Riddle Asia and AAG started in 2022 for the “ERAU Asia Graduate Certificate in Aviation – Asia Focus,” aiming to expand professional learning opportunities across Asia and address increasing demand for specialized aviation education in the region. The institutions are expanding their partnership to offer Bachelor’s degree pathway programs, providing students graduating from high school with valuable educational opportunities that will prepare them for careers in the aviation industry.

Embry-Riddle Asia, located in Singapore, is a premier institution for aviation and aerospace education in the Asia-Pacific region with a range of undergraduate and graduate programs tailored to meet the demands of the evolving aviation industry.

With a focus on excellence, Embry-Riddle Asia aims to raise the bar for aviation education and equip the next generation of aviation professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the industry. The collaboration with AAG represents a significant step forward in their commitment to providing world-class education and training in aviation.

AAG, known for its world-class pilot training programs, welcomes this partnership as an opportunity to further enhance its curriculum and provide students with access to cutting-edge resources and expertise in aviation. Both institutions brought their expertise and resources together to help shape the future of aviation training and contribute to the growth of the industry worldwide. The expanded collaboration with ERAU Asia reaffirms AAG’s commitment to delivering top-of-class training solutions in aviation.

About Alpha Aviation Group

AAG is a leading provider of aviation training solutions, working with airlines across the globe. It specializes in cadet assessment and selection, type ratings and flagship ab-initio cadet programs. All these are tailored and optimized to the operational needs of its partner airlines.

The domestic and Southeast Asian markets are served from AAG’s base in the Philippines where they operate an Approved Training Organization (ATO) and a certified Type Rating Training Organization (TRTO) for the Airbus A320. It also has the only EASA-certified Level D Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulator in its Philippine platform. In February 2024, AAG announced a joint venture in Singapore with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Asia.

Source: Alpha Aviation Group

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Global Pilot Training Solution Provider CAE Hosts Two Days of Intensive Discussions with Aircraft Manufacturer For Electric Flight Training

Global pilot training solution provider CAE and training aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft gathered around 25 individuals, including a mix of engineers and pilots for a two-day conversation focusing on the technical design, certification, and operational aspects linked for CAE’s Electric Aircraft Piper Archer STC.

The list of partners for this project who contributed their time and shared valuable insights during these collaborative sessions includes Piper Aircraft, Elisen, Cert Center Canada, and Université de Sherbrooke. The diverse expertise brought to the table ensures a comprehensive exploration of CAE’s innovative electric aircraft, Piper Archer STC.

Back in July 2022 CAE announced at the Farnborough International Air Show 2022 that it has partnered with Piper Aircraft to develop a conversion kit via a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for in-service Piper Archer (PA-28-181) aircraft and bring an electric variant option of the iconic aircraft to market.

Source: Stella Filippatos, M.A.Sc., MBA (CAE)

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