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AAG is now a proud training solutions provider of Aviation Partnership Philippines (APlus), the country’s second biggest line maintenance services provider (based on volume of flights handled) for both narrow and wide body aircraft.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has revolutionized the way we think and do things. The value of simulation training has become more pronounced not only in pilot training but also in aircraft maintenance and we have strategically positioned ourselves to support the growing demand,” states Mr Cristopher Magdangal, AAG Regional Director for Asia-Pacific.

What used to be done on an actual aircraft, APlus is now capable of delivering engine ground run-up, emergency procedures and refresher training using AAG’s fixed base simulator (FBS) or full flight simulators (FFS) on FBS mode.

“This innovative training approach significantly lowers operating cost and reduces personnel and equipment downtime,” explains Mr Magdangal.

“We strongly believe this is a move in the right direction as APlus continues to recognize ‘the value of optimizing the ground time and providing time-sensitive solutions to its airline customers’, and we are here to support APlus’ training requirements,” Mr Magdangal adds.

As the collaboration continues to grow, AAG is pleased to share what our valued partners from APlus have to say:

“I’m happy to use AAG’s world-class equipment and facilities. They are of international standards. AAG not only provided us with a good experience but also a good aircraft simulator capable of meeting the regulatory requirements for our engine ground run. Thank you and more power AAG!” (Dick Botardo, Head of Training)

“It’s a great experience here in Alpha Aviation Group. We performed EGR training to simulate emergency procedures during an engine ground run which is a requirement to our everyday work and yeah, it’s a nice experience. Thank you!” (Lino Jubilan Jr, OIC Supervisor Light Maintenance)

“We are here at Alpha Aviation Group to perform our refresher course on engine ground run. Here at Alpha, we experienced new things which we did not encounter during our actual ground run. We are very much thankful because those new things that we have learned were able to meet our expectations. Thank you very much, Alpha Aviation Group!” (Jose Ocon, Master Mechanic A)

“I’m here now at Alpha Aviation Group and it’s my first time to use the simulator. The first thing I noticed was the simulator is very accurate in replicating emergency situations. We can perform emergency procedures accurately…a crucial requirement for our qualification as certifying staff in our company. So, it gave me the best experience. I’m looking forward to doing another simulation. Thank you!” (Jerry Notorio, Master Mechanic A)

“Thank you Alpha Aviation Group for the experience. With the simulator, we can perform emergency procedures and situations like in the actual aircraft. I’m looking forward to more sessions here in Alpha Aviation Group. Thank you!” (Bernie Dela Cruz, Master Mechanic B)

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga- Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) Philippines formally signed on 01 June 2022 a partnership with Shroff Travel to expand promotion of AAG’s Airline Pilot Program (APP), First Officer Transition (FOT) Program, AAG Cadet Pilot for a Day Program, and AAG Simulator Experience locally and abroad.

Shroff Travel is an IATA certified Destination Management Company (DMC) and the country’s first online travel agent to offer leisure and business travelers a wide selection of low airfares, hotel accommodation, car rental, sightseeing, and other travel related services.

“Apart from us being able to reach out to more aspiring pilots and enthusiasts in the country and across the region, this innovative marketing partnership creates a breakthrough addition to Shroff Travel’s comprehensive portfolio of services and offers so much value to Clark Freeport Zone’s vision to become a modern, sustainable aerotropolis and the preferred MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) and tourism destination in the Asia-Pacific by 2030,” states Mr. Cristopher Magdangal, AAG Regional Director for Asia-Pacific and incumbent president of the Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA).

The COVID-19 pandemic provided us in AAG another golden opportunity to revisit our business model, training philosophy and support infrastructure.

For one, our Training Solutions Development and Review Committees (TSDRC) wasted no time. Practically all available pause in training during the lock-down was utilized to develop new programs and courses and to review and enhance all existing offerings to make them more solid than ever. At the strategic level, this was part of AAG’s renewed commitment to its vision (“An AAG-trained pilot in every flight deck in the regions we serve”), mission (“Train and develop word-class pilots and future leaders for the aviation industry by providing top-of-class training solutions”), and core values (“Service Excellence, Teamwork, Customer Satisfaction”).

With the aviation industry’s rebound now definitely in full swing, it becomes all the more important to create and nurture both internal and external pools of “Champions”: people who believe and share our vision, mission and core values; people who know and understand that for the future generation of airline pilots to achieve their goals, they deserve nothing less than world-class training. And to guide them toward that direction, we need people who can provide them the right data and information, knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration.

These “Champions” are amongst us: our own personnel and their families; our cadets, alumni and their eversupportive parents and benefactors; our colleagues and friends. We wish to continue recognizing and incentivizing their efforts in championing our world-class brand through the “AAG Champions Program”.

Our very own Ms Carla Marcelino of the Student Affairs and Client Relations (SACRe) Department is not just a pioneer but an epitome of an AAG Champion. She joined the Program because she wanted to be an advocate of growth in the aviation industry and a beacon for aspiring pilots. “Through this Program, I am able to take a more distinct and active role in bringing #AAGWorldClass to more people. Having worked with AAG for more than six years, I have seen first-hand how serious AAG is in performing its mission. AAG’s story of unparalleled commitment is worth sharing to our stakeholders,” Carla proudly shares.

Together, we can bring world-class aviation training closer to more aspiring pilots out there. Join the “AAG Champions Program” now! (AAG Corporate Affairs)

Fernando Air Base, Lipa City – Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) is one of the Diamond Sponsors of this year’s Maintenance Forum held on 17 August 2022 at Bulwagang Makulot, Air Education Training and Doctrine Command (AETDC) here with AAG’s Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) Accountable Manager Capt. Napoleon Garcia and Aircraft Maintenance Manager Mr. Renz Jayson Dilag among the resource speakers, and AAG Defense Division Project Manager Col. Christian Barela PAF (Ret) as subject matter expert (SME).

The Maintenance Forum provides opportunities for the exchange of information and best practices and serves as a platform for standardization and upgrade of aircraft maintenance standards and services. In addition, the forum aims to enhance ties and collaboration among maintenance institutions in the military and civilian sectors.

 

Capt. Garcia shared his experiences in the field. Mr. Dilag discussed the evolution of AAG’s maintenance system and initiatives to achieve operational effectiveness and efficiency, particularly through the TALON Systems composed of the Education and Training Administration (ETA) and Resource Maintenance System (RMS). AAG is the only pilot school in the country using such system.

Col. Barela conducted side meetings with the technical working groups (TWG) present. Discussions revolved around AAG’s capability in developing aviation training solutions for the military, specifically on simulator acquisition through Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

The Maintenance Forum was co-sponsored by the following: INAEC Aviation Corporation, Aeromaxis, Aeromart World Wide Inc., Sapphire International Aviation Academy, Leading Edge International Aviation Academy, Airmach Aviation, Aerotech Supplies Philippines Inc., Miltrade Industrial Sales, and Aerofix Supplies and Services.

Brgy. Labaan, San Quintin, Province of Abra– Premier aviation training solutions provider Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) through its “Community Assistance and Response (CAREs)” Program, joined Clark Investors and Locators Association’s “Ikaw, Ako, Tayo at CILA” Relief Operations for the province of Abra on 12 August 2022.

A total of 515 households in Barangay Labaan in San Quintin, Abra received relief packs from the locator-members of CILA. The group also donated 200 sets of pillows and blankets, clothes, and other basic commodities. Members of the AAG Volunteers Club assisted in the distribution of the relief packs together with other CILA members.

On 27 July 2022, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake jolted northwestern Luzon with its epicenter recorded in the province of Abra. The tremors and aftershocks may have ceased, but the aftermaths of the quake are still evident through the damages it caused on infrastructures, heritage sites, and on people’s livelihood.

AAG Regional Director for Asia-Pacific and current CILA President stressed the thrust of both organizations to play an active role in addressing the needs of the community and helping the people recover from the effects of the catastrophe. “We are one with the people of Abra as they navigate the road to recovery. Helping our kababayans in times of need in whatever way we can is second nature to us Filipinos. And we, at AAG and CILA, live by that trademark “Bayanihan” spirit. We will strive to respond to any call for help even outside of Clark Freeport Zone,” Mr. Magdangal stressed.

The Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA) is a non-profit organization that supports and represents locator-members in their aim to make Clark Freeport Zone investor-friendly. AAG has been an active member of CILA over the years and has worked with the organization in various projects, community outreach, and donation drives through the AAG CAREs Program.

The AAG CAREs Program on the other hand, is the company’s primary CSR platform established to serve the bigger community. The program showcases AAG’s value-creation and sharing initiatives as a member of a bigger family, community and industry.

#AAGCARES