Alpha Aviation Group is pursuing its investment into pilot training, with the purchase of the latest multimillion dollar Airbus A330 Full Flight Simulator with Airbus A340 functionality from CAE Commercial Flight Training. 

The Airbus A330/340 Full Flight Simulator will be placed at Alpha Aviation Group Philippines based in Clark, Philippines, approximately an hour’s drive away from the country’s capital, Manila. The newest investment was made to support the wide body segment, lower the cost of training of domestic and regional airlines, and support Philippines’ economic growth.

This type of simulator will be the first wide body simulator in the Philippines and the latest simulator with Airbus A340 functionality built globally. It will simulate all the functions of a real Airbus A330 aircraft and has the flexibility to change to Airbus A340 layout when required by an airline.

The acquisition of the simulator is in line with the fast-paced growth within the Southeast Asian airline industry, with demand for commercial pilots far outstripping supply. Boeing has recently forecast that 617,000 more commercial pilots will be needed globally by 2034, with 248,000 (40%) required across Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asia’s wide body fleet grew by more than 30% in 2015 and Alpha Aviation Group is committed to supporting this airline growth with training and training infrastructure.

The Airbus A330/340 Full Flight simulator will serve as an invaluable training tool for Alpha Aviation Group Philippines’ domestic and foreign cadets and airline partners.

Alpha Aviation Group is well positioned to assist the regional airlines in their aggressive expansion plans. The latest investment is a commitment from AAG to continue supporting the regional airline industry. The announcement was made at the launch of another simulator investment by Alpha Aviation Group Philippines, another multi-million-dollar Airbus A320 Fixed Base Simulator.

Alpha Aviation Group’s Regional Director Cristopher Magdangal said: “The acquisition of a new Airbus A330 Full Flight Simulator signifies AAG’s promise to extend its airline services offering to include the wide body segment. The A340 functionality will make this device unique in the region in the next decade, enhances the position of the Philippines becoming a global aviation training hub and positions AAG as a training center of excellence.”

 

Alpha Aviation Group (“AAG”), a leading provider of aviation training solutions for the global airline industry, continues its investments into one of its platforms AAG Philippines by investing in its advanced training infrastructure. AAG Philippines has taken delivery and will commence training on a state of the art Airbus A320 Fixed Base Simulator acquired from simulator manufacturer Multi Pilot Simulation.

The multi-million dollar MPS advanced A320 Fixed Base Simulator, the first to be operated in the southeast Asian region, simulates all the functions found onboard a real A320 aircraft and will offer leading regional airlines an alternative solution to existing training infrastructure. In recent years the A320 has become aircraft of choice for many regional carriers, including AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. The A320 simulator, which will be fully operational and in use from November onwards, will serve as an invaluable training tool for Alpha Aviation Group Philippines 240 cadets and airline partners.

The acquisition of the simulator comes at a time of tremendous growth within the southeast Asian airline industry, with demand for commercial pilots far outstripping supply. Boeing has recently forecast that 617,000 more commercial pilots will be needed globally by 2034, with 248,000 (40%) required across the South-East Asia region. Industry players have been investing into the region for the past couple of years with the most recent opening being the Airbus Training Center in Singapore. The trend is the airline industry has been to choose established and experienced players and Alpha Aviation Group is well positioned to assist the regional airlines in their aggressive expansion plans. The latest investment is a commitment from AAG to continue supporting the regional airline industry.

Alpha Aviation Group is inviting regional airlines to attend the official simulator launch event in November. This will allow airlines to examine the first of these devices in the southeast Asian region. Interested parties please contact partnership@aag.aero.

Alpha Aviation Group’s Regional Director Cristopher Magdangal: “The acquisition of a new MPS Fixed Base Device is a manifestation of Alpha Aviation Group’s firm commitment to deliver quality training to its customers.”

MPS’ CEO and founder Dick Verburg: “We are extremely happy to partner with Alpha Aviation Group. MPS believes to be able to contribute to Alpha Aviation’s efforts to train new pilots to the highest quality level. This cost-effective yet high-quality device from MPS ensures the highest levels of training and is an important step in the development of MPS activities in Asia.”

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts that there will be 7.3 billion airline passengers by 2034, representing a 4.1% average annual growth over the next two decades. Interestingly, a bulk of that traffic will come from developing markets such as Africa, South America, and especially Asia, with China on track to dethrone the U.S. as the largest passenger market by 2030. As IATA Director General Tony Taylor boldly predicted: “The first century of air travel has seen about 65 billion passengers take to the sky. The next 65 billion will fly in just the next 20 years”

Growth in Pilot Demand in Southeast Asia and Beyond

2Airlines are increasing their crew to meet the growing demand for air travel.

As air travel becomes more mainstream, airlines will continue expanding their fleets to accommodate the passenger influx. This in turn provides golden opportunities to those who want to enter the aviation industry. In the Asia Pacific region alone, Boeing predicts that 226,000 new pilots will be needed, while another 332,000 will be required by airlines in the rest of the world.

Fast, Sustainable Aircrafts

3More and more airlines are turning to environment-friendly jet aircrafts.

The drastic increase in flight frequency and aircraft numbers will also have a corresponding environmental impact. To address this, carriers are investing in modified aircraft designs like the Airbus A350-900 that utilizes lighter, innovative materials to decrease weight and fuel consumption. The increased fuel efficiency also means fewer connecting flights as fuel pit stops will be kept to a minimum.

Return of Supersonic Flights?

4Supersonic flights might just be making a comeback.

When Concorde closed down its business in 2003, it heralded the end of trans-Atlantic flights that took only three and a half hours. However, Aerion—a Nevada-based supersonic engineering company—has partnered with Airbus to develop the AS2 Supersonic Business Jet by 2019. The small aircraft can ferry 18-20 people at Mach 1.5 speeds, allowing for considerably faster travel around the globe. If proven successful, it’s not unlikely that other airlines will follow suit and offer their own commercial supersonic flights.

Outer Space Tourism

5Airlines are now exploring the possibility of space travel.

Aviation doesn’t just mean navigating the skies; it can also mean exploring outer space. In the near future, “spacelines” like Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin will signal the advent of outer space tourism by drastically lowering the cost of launching aircrafts beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. More importantly, these projects will help democratize space travel by making it accessible even to those who are not trained astronauts.

On-demand Private Aviation: Boon or Bane?

Ride-sharing services like Uber have revolutionized transportation, offering commuters more reliable and affordable ways to get around. Now, start-ups like Ubair (inspired by the former) are adapting that business model to the aviation industry—which may be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, it decentralizes job opportunities from airlines, giving aspiring pilots more chances to enter the aviation industry. On the other, it might tempt experienced pilots to relinquish their airline jobs in the hopes of finding greener pastures.

 

Aviation has evolved by leaps and bounds since man first took flight, and it will only continue developing in the years to come. Hence, keeping abreast of the latest developments is imperative to stay ahead of the curve. To get the most advanced flight training and secure a bright future in aviation, visit: aag.aero.

 

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