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.

Entrance of JEST Survival Camp in Subic.

Stunning view of the mountains and sea of Subic.

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.

Manong showing them how to produce fire using bamboo shoots.

Cadets attentively listening to their guides.

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.

Flight instructors leading the trek under the heat of the scorching sun.

Cadet Listano poses for the camera at the summit of the mountain.

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.

“Which is which?” Manong guide helps the cadets identify which among the plants in the jungle are necessary for survival.

“Making friends” The cadets met a local looking for freshwater crabs and shrimp for dinner.

The training would not be proven successful if the participants are not put to a test. To see if they can apply what they’ve learned from the whole day activity, the cadet themselves made bamboo utensils and cooked raw food. Getting water from a specific vine and producing natural shampoo from another type of tree is one of the basic techniques they accomplished to do as well.

Flight Instructor Alfredo Dizon drinking water from a vine.

“Group selfie” All smiles on their faces despite such tiring and challenging day.

Here’s a short testimonial from Cadet Yuan Salac on his thoughts about the training they had as a batch which strengthened more their relationship with each other.

Cadet Salac (left) with Cadet Mapa (right) showing off their handmade hat from the tree leaves.

“Our jungle survival training was fun and educational. The things we learned during our training would not only help us in emergency situations but also in our daily lives. It also taught us to value the simple thing that we have (ex. plates, food, cook set, utensils, LPG, and others). The trainers helped us to easily navigate through the jungle life environment by not only teaching us the theories but also showing practical examples such as how to create fire, cook and eat using bamboo, knowing the plants that we could eat and others. The training also builds our camaraderie not just within our batch but also with our instructors and staff.”

All APP cadets from Alpha Aviation Group are now required to undergo the Jungle Survival seminar as their part of the training towards becoming an airline pilot.—

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 number of officials from leading regional airlines, government officials, diplomats and representatives from local educational institutions. 

Bhanu Choudhrie, Founder of C&C Alpha Group, said:

“As the first simulator of its kind in the region, the Full Flight A330/A340 simulator will unlock the potential of cadets across the Asia-Pacific region – enabling them to master new skills and fulfil their career prospects. This new simulator will assist airlines across the region in both training more pilots, and at a lower cost, ensuring the region is equipped to meet the increasing demand for more commercial aviators.” 

Cristopher Magdangal, Alpha Aviation Group Regional Director of Asia Pacific, said:

“This simulator is an integral step in our commitment to provide cutting-edge facilities founded upon a progressive attitude towards cadet training. At a time where new, talented pilots are needed more than ever in the South-East Asia region, the launch of this state-of-the-art simulator will boost regional growth ensure that AAG remains at the forefront of pilot training solutions across.”

 

For further information, please contact:

James Brilliant

jamesb@pha-media.com

0207 025 1374

Kc Garcia

keziah.garcia@aag.aero

0917 823 5904 

 

NOTE TO EDITORS

Alpha Aviation Group is a leading international pilot training solution provider, and part of the international private equity firm, C & C Alpha Group, which has a 30-year track record of incubating successful businesses.

Alpha Aviation Group specializes in airline training solutions, offering traditional cadet programmed, Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) and Type Rating training. The organization holds approvals under several aviation authorities, providing pilots in its target region with the highest possible standard of training.

The group currently consists of Alpha Aviation Group in the Philippines, and Alpha Aviation Academy in the UAE, which has the largest Multi-Crew Pilot License programmed in the Middle East.

 

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.

This acquisition project is a true testament of our company’s dedication to develop the Philippines as an aviation hub in the Southeast Asia Pacific Region.  We continually welcome opportunities to build and grow this partnership allowing for sharing of fresh perspectives, encouraging synergies, and creating value for all.”

For further information, please contact Keziah Garcia, Alpha Aviation Group: keziah.garcia@aag.aero
For media inquiries, please contact James Brilliant: jamesb@pha-media.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

Alpha Aviation Group is a global provider of aviation training solutions for the airline industry. Operating through its two main training platforms located in the Middle East and in Southeast Asia, AAG trains hundreds of new pilots for its airline partners on a yearly basis.

In Southeast Asia, Alpha Aviation Group Philippines continues to support numerous airline partners throughout the region and is announcing further developments in the coming months. In the Middle East, Alpha Aviation Academy has become the largest Multi-Crew Pilot License training provider in the region and one of the largest globally. The platform has also been nominated Aviation Training provider of the year in 2016.

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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