Not Your Ordinary Rules of Survival

Not Your Ordinary Rules of Survival

According to CNN, major airline pilots have low job fatality rates. Innovations in weather reporting, navigational equipment, and positioning devices have cut down on accidents considerably. However, casualties are inevitable and usually unexpected. Having the right knowledge, skills, and necessary life-saving techniques give definitely an edge to a pilot if such incident happens in the future. Last March 8 this year, our Airline Pilot Program (APP) Batch 34 was spared from a day of flying to undergo Jungle Survival Training at Jest Survival Camp in Subic. They are the second batch from the school to do the training since it started last 2017. To start the day off, a brief introduction and orientation about the activities were held. After that, the cadets were taught how to utilize the use of bamboo in creating utensils such as cup, plate, spoon, and fork. Then, the guide showed them how to produce fire without using a match and cook food using the bamboo again to be able to completely eat a decent meal for the day. Surviving in the jungle and keeping yourself safe would be very difficult if you don’t know how to navigate and if you’re not familiar with the surroundings. To get enlightened, the cadets went on a six-hour trek to the mountains of Subic. Environmental studies were conducted to recognize which animals, insects, and basic or medicinal plants are edible. They also went to Boton Falls for a quick dip to freshen up a bit and feel the cold fresh water from the mountains. The training would not be proven successful if the participants are not put to...
Rolling for Take-off: En route to Life’s New Chapter

Rolling for Take-off: En route to Life’s New Chapter

April is the month when most college students graduate from their university in our country. After all the hard work and what seemed like endless nights of plates and projects, the day has finally arrived to start a new chapter of life being independent in the reality of workforce. However, one often wonder what step to do next now that the routine life in school is gone. To help you answer these questions, let us share to you an inspiring speech from AAG’s Regional Director, Cris Magdangal, delivered to a strong number of 143 graduates from Asian College of Aeronautics in their 6th Commencement Exercise last April 12 this year.   “At the onset, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Management and Staff of the Asian College of Aeronautics for inviting me to address its 6th Commencement Exercises. Allow me as well to congratulate the 143-strong members of the graduating batch for a job well done. We share the felicitation and this honor to the proud parents, relatives, and loved ones.   Ladies and gentlemen, a pleasant morning. We are witnessing “a new golden age of aviation” right here, right now. From the Wright Brothers’ 59-second 852 feet-long flight onboard their Flyer at Kitty Hawk in 1903; the 1935 crossing of the Pacific from San Francisco to Manila by Pan Am’s China Clipper; the B707’s ushering in of the jetliners age in 1957; to the maiden flight of the B747 jumbo jet in 1969; We have the privilege, right within our own lifetime, of seeing the rise (and later, fall) of the A380; experiencing the new...
AAG’s First Alumni Meet 2018

AAG’s First Alumni Meet 2018

Clark, Pampanga— Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) held its first ever alumni meet last 22nd of March in its training grounds in Clark to promote a day of fellowship and camaraderie among graduates, cadets, and employees.   The said event attended by more than 10 alumni is a vehicle for AAG to achieve the starting association’s strategic objectives, mainly—alumni accomplishments; alumni participation; cadet referrals; and “pay it forward” projects. An introductory speech was also delivered by the newly promoted Cebu Pacific airline Captain Marco Bayrante who is an accomplished alumnus from the Airline Pilot Program (APP) Batch 1 to inspire the on-going cadet pilots in their journey of pursuing their dream career. More alumni meetings are to be organized soon including an upcoming Grand Alumni Homecoming this year where alumni achievements are to be recognized as discussed by AAG’s Regional Director, Mr. Cristopher Magdangal, in his inspirational speech. The program ended with a campus tour to highlight the latest facilities enhancement in the training grounds and cadet-alumni meet and greet for the lower batches to get to know more their upper batch mates.— Photos by: Delmar...

Alpha Aviation Group Launches Full Flight A330/A340 Simulator

Alpha Aviation Group, one of Asia’s leading pilot training providers, has launched its new multi-million dollar Full Flight Airbus A330/A340 simulator at a ceremony at its Clark training facility in the Philippines.  The first wide body and state-of-the-art simulator in the Philippines, has complete Airbus A330 and A340 functionality — fully replicating the cockpit experience and functions of both planes. The purchase of the simulator comes at a critical moment for the aviation industry across Asia-Pacific. Falling oil prices coupled with a rising middle-class in the region have led to a surge in demand for air travel, in turn driving demand for more pilots. As a result, Boeing predicts the Asia-Pacific region will need an additional 248,000 pilots by 2035 – 40% of the global total of 617,000 new pilots required. Furthermore, a large portion of this growing demand in Asia-Pacific is for long-haul travel, which requires wide body aircraft such as the A330 and A340. In recent years many airlines have increased their wide body fleets and Southeast Asia’s wide body fleet grew by more than 30% in 2015. The simulator will be financed in agreement with BDO Leasing & Finance, the leasing and finance division of the Philippines largest bank. The launch event was attended by Bhanu Choudhrie, Founder of C&C Alpha Group; Cristopher Magdangal, Alpha Aviation Group Regional Director – Asia Pacific; Roberto E. Lapid, Vice Chairman & President of BDO Leasing, Agerico Verzola, First Vice President of BDO Leasing; Artemio Tuazon Jr, Chief of Staff of the Philippines Department of Transportation; and Cherian Thomas, Non-Executive Director of C&C Alpha Group.   Also in attendance were a...

LEADING PILOT TRAINING PROVIDER, ALPHA AVIATION GROUP, SIGNS FINANCING AGREEMENT WITH BDO LEASING AND FINANCE

Alpha Aviation Group, a leading pilot training provider in the Asia-Pacific, is pursuing its investment into pilot training by signing a financing agreement with BDO Leasing & Finance. The agreement covers the acquisition of a brand new Airbus A330 Full Flight Simulator, the first wide-body simulator in the Philippines and the latest simulator with Airbus A340 functionality built globally. The covenant between AAG and BDOLF comes at a time of tremendous growth now being seen in Southeast Asia’s airline industry, as demand for commercial pilots surpasses the current supply. Recently, Boeing has forecasted that 617,000 more commercial pilots will be needed globally by 2034, with 248,000 (40%) required across Southeast Asia. “BDO Leasing is truly excited with our partnership with Alpha Aviation Group being one of the leading global pilot training providers. It comes at an opportune time when the Philippines and the ASEAN Region, as a whole, is poised to economically grow faster than other countries in the world. We thank Alpha Aviation Group for establishing Clark Pampanga as its main training hub because this will increase the number and improve the skills of Filipino pilots. Further, the simulator will be available to neighboring countries that are increasing its fleet of Airbus A330 & A340,” said Roberto Lapid, President of BDO Leasing & Finance. For AAG’s part, finance manager Christine Legaspi, said, “The addition of the A330 full flight simulator with A340 option marks not only a significant milestone in the growth of Alpha Aviation Group but also our company’s timely collaboration with BDO, the Philippines’ biggest bank, toward a shared goal that is to support the aviation sector development....