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New APP and FOP cadets post with the AAGP and AICAT management and training teams during the induction ceremony at the AAG Simulator Training Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines – Another batch of eight (8) cadets were inducted to the AAG Airline Pilot Program (APP), while another cadet was also inducted to the AAG First Officer Preparation (FOP) Program on 22 November 2022. This is the 6th intake for the two flagship training programs since January 2022. Two (2) more intakes are scheduled for January 2023 and March 2023.

In his remarks, Cristopher Magdangal (AAG Regional Director, Asia Pacific) reaffirmed the Group’s commitment to develop the most competent first officers for the airline industry. “This is why we employ a cadet assessment tool to measure applicant attributes prior to admission. Your profiles serve as guide for our instructors in coaching and mentoring as you go though your training. This is also why we have adopted ICAO’s CBTA (Competency Based Training and Assessment) philosophy across all training modules and phases to better prepare you for a life and career in the airlines,” Magdangal underscored.

“The key to a successful pilot training is partnership and communication between cadets and instructors. You need to be very open with your instructors, not letting any lesson pass without understanding the principles behind every exercise,” Magdangal added.

Justin Kenneth Sazon (Safety Officer) provides safety briefing for the new APP and FOP cadets at the AICAT Ground School in San Fernando Airport, La Union, Philippines

The APP dubbed as the “Zero to Hero” program covers CPL-IR-ATPL Theory-A320 Type Rating while the FOP covers CPL-IR. The CPL-IR phase is delivered by the AAG International Center for Aviation Training (AICAT) stationed in San Fernando Airport, La Union while the A320 Type Rating phase is conducted at the AAG Philippines (AAGP) Simulator Training Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. AICAT operates the largest fleet of basic flight trainer aircraft in the country (32 Cessna C172 and one Tecnam P2006T multi-engine) while AAGP also operates the largest and most-advanced fleet of simulator training devices in the country (three FFS, four FBS, one IPT). (AAG Corporate Affairs)

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines – Five veteran airline pilots were inducted to the AAGP Synthetic Flight Instructor Course (SFIC) on 09 November 2022 at the AAG Simulator Training Center, bringing to more than 70 the number of SFIs trained since the course was rolled out in 2016.

The latest version of AAG’s SFIC introduced a couple of years ago can be considered revolutionary – one among the numerous training programs and courses which went through careful study and enhancement by the AAG Training Solutions Development and Review Committees (TSDRC).

Experienced pilots wanting to level-up their game as aviation professionals will find AAGP’s SFIC as a most suitable training solution.

On top of the hard skills necessary to develop trainees’ competencies as instructors, the current SFIC provides additional focus on the learning process, teaching and feedback techniques in classroom (including distance/blended learning modality), simulator and real aircraft environments.

The SFIC does not only include review lessons on Airbus operational philosophy and aircraft systems. More importantly, the course covers lessons on teaching and learning, Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA), Human Factors for Instructors, and CRM for Instructors.

Perhaps the most game-changing component of the course are the Role Playing Workshop and the 16 hours of Role Playing Sessions during which the competency of trainee-instructors in developing or applying appropriate instructional techniques are tested using a simulated A320 Type Rating Transition Course session scenario. (AAG Corporate Affairs)