Straight from AAG’s Instructors: Robert Matutina on Discipline and Camaraderie

Straight from AAG’s Instructors: Robert Matutina on Discipline and Camaraderie

Instructors play a vital role in shaping the future of aviation. Through their teaching, through the wisdom they instill, and through their sharing of insights gathered from years in the industry, they are responsible for producing the next generation of pilots and aviation leaders. We take a look at some of Alpha Aviation Group’s flight instructors to discover their personal insights about flight training, the aeronautics industry and what it takes to be a successful commercial airline pilot. Mr. Matutina is the Chief Ground School Instruction at the Alpha Aviation Group Philippines campus. He is also in charge of the Air Law, Meteorology and Radio Communications courses included in the various programs.   Professional Experience Can you give us a short background of your professional career in the aviation industry? I am a Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Technology graduate from Philippine Air Transport and Training Services (PATTS). I am an Air Force enlisted personnel. I was a weather observer for 3 years and a weather forecaster for 9 years. In 2005, I joined the rank of Air Traffic Control (ATC) when the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) needed qualified ATC personnel coming from the military. In 2008, I was transferred to the Clark Tower in Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, where I received a civilian aerodrome rating. In 2011, we received guidance from the military, recalling us from ATC duties back to the Air Force. I then opted for early retirement and joined AAG as a radio communications instructor. Can you tell us more about your experience in the Air Traffic Control tower? In Clark, which is...
A Look at the Future of Air Travel

A Look at the Future of Air Travel

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 Airlines 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 More 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? Supersonic flights might just be making a comeback. When Concorde closed...
The Advantages of Training in a Glass Cockpit

The Advantages of Training in a Glass Cockpit

The glass cockpit is an industry standard technology utilized in modern aircrafts. Originating in military aircraft in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the glass cockpit is a state-of-the-art electronic system of control and digital avionics. Since its inception, it has changed the aeronautic landscape and has enabled aviators to operate an aircraft in a more convenient, efficient, and safe manner. Equipped in aircrafts used by most commercial airlines, an operational and systematic understanding of the glass cockpit facilitates immediate employment among pilots, as well as a lasting career in the aviation industry. Understanding the Glass Cockpit The glass cockpit provides improved aircraft operations and navigation through its Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS), a flight deck display setup that replaced the traditional dials found in what the industry called as “steam cockpit” that used to rely on mechanical gauges. Through individual primary flight screens, the Captain and the First Officer obtain access to aircraft status and various vital and pertinent information, such as attitude, heading, altitude, airspeed, lateral/vertical path, engine power, selected course, and navigation. Additionally, the glass cockpit includes a Multifunction Display LCD that relays supplementary data such as radio management, aircraft systems, engine instruments, checklists, flight plan, terrain, traffic information, charts, traffic and weather, and wind direction and speed. To provide supplementary information and function to the aircraft’s glass cockpit, Boeing developed the Engine-Indicating and Crew-Alerting System (EICAS), an integrated system that includes all engine instrumentation with crew advisory, caution, warning, and alert messages. In addition, Airbus developed the Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitor (ECAM) system as support to EICAS. Designed to decrease pilot stress during emergency and...
How Flight Training Can Help with Airport Congestions

How Flight Training Can Help with Airport Congestions

Comprehensive and effective cadet pilot training is a vital solution to the pressing and growing problem of airport congestion. With specialized and thorough courses, pilots are equipped with the knowledge, skill, insight and experience crucial to the improvement of airport operations and runway processes, thus reducing airstrip traffic, delayed flights, additional expenses and customer complaints. Here are some ways flight training can help ease the widespread congestion problems airlines encounter at airports.   Pilots with significant flight training communicate better with air traffic control Communication between pilots and air traffic control (ATC) tower is an integral part of airport operations. To facilitate safe and efficient runway traffic, ATC operators provide directions to pilots who navigate complex layouts and intersecting runways. Additionally, ATC operators also provide information about the surrounding airspace and handle the clearance delivery of every aircraft in the airport. With proper training, pilots acquire an understanding of the control tower language, including radio communications and flight procedures. Since English is the required medium of communication in the aviation industry, it is imperative that commercial pilots are well-versed in the language when interacting with the air traffic control tower. For aspiring pilots who are not native English speakers, training at Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) is beneficial as cadets and instructors train and work on an all English speaking campus. AAG’s curriculum and community provides cadets with the best academy to acquire the necessary language and communication skills that would be highly beneficial to their career as an airline pilot.   On top of its English-based curriculum, Alpha Aviation Group also ensures that every pilot is equipped with the...