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Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines – For the first time since the COVID-19 Pandemic started, Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) is able to achieve its target intake for the Airline Pilot Program (APP), inducting on 20 September 2022 the largest batch composed of 16 with another two (2) joining the First Officer Preparation (FOP) Program and one (1) more deciding to upgrade his PPL training to APP.

“This is a clear manifestation of the public’s renewed confidence in the aviation industry. AAG continued to invest on our people, technology and know-how even during the pandemic, hence we are now in an excellent position to cater to the demand for world-class training which is now growing enormously across the globe,” states Mr. Cristopher Magdangal (AAG Regional Director, Asia-Pacific).

“We provide our cadets with nothing less than top-of-class training. AAG Philippines (AAGP) and AAG International Center for Aviation Training (AICAT) are the first ATOs in the Philippines to adopt and implement ICAO’s CBTA (Competency Based Training and Assessment) philosophy across all training modules and phases. This innovative ‘outcomes-focused’ training approach aims to develop and nurture among trainees the necessary pilot competencies to be safe, highly-resilient, reliable, critical-thinker and effective cockpit manager when flying an aircraft. This is a departure from the ‘qualification-based’ traditional training approach designed to enable trainees to demonstrate the minimum skill, knowledge and experience levels just to meet the qualification requirements prescribed by civil aviation authorities. The CBTA training framework enables learning and innovation rather than just passing a test,” explains Capt. Gaudencio Maniano (AICAT Accountable Manager).

“The AAG Family is also very pleased to welcome our first Muslim cadet, Bai Hadiyah Maikah Sema from Cotabato City who will soon join the growing pool of female aviation professionals under our Women in Aviation Advocacy Program,” shares Ms. Fina Santos (AAG Head, Student Affairs and Client Relations).

The APP covers CPL-IR-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).

Three (3) more intakes for APP are scheduled for November 2022, January 2023 and March 2023. (AAG Corporate Affairs)

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga – Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) welcomed the Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) Regular Class 57 (MNSA RC 57) of the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) to its training facility here on 06 September 2022.

The MNSA RC 57 is composed of the following officers from the Philippine Army (PA), Philippine Air Force (PAF), Philippine Navy (PN), Technical and Administrative Service (TAS), foreign military students, and executives from various civilian government agencies and the private sector: Col. Jeffrey Villarosa, Capt. Eileen Cartin-Domine, Capt. Elpidio Natividad Jr., Ltc. Jooney Jay Busiños, Ltc. Isagani Nato, Col. Adebisi Onasanya (Nigerian Army), Col. KJ Singh (Indian Army), Dr. Howard Chua, Glenn Chua, Joanetto Victor Romano, Kenneth Siruelo, Julius Gorospe, and Melissa Feliciano.

The main objective of the degree program is to provide aspiring defense and security leaders with a thorough knowledge on national security issues and how they pertain to national development. The program also focuses on providing students with the skills necessary to make informed decisions on matters related to national security policy formulation and administration.

AAG is implementing a long-term, forward-looking value creation and sharing strategy which includes the “Edu-Techno-Tourism Program” and various thought leadership initiatives. Individuals, groups and the general public are allowed to visit, experience AAG’s trademark hospitality, try out a wide array of state-of-the-art flight simulators, and learn about various best practices and innovations.

Capt. Vicente Casibang II (AAG Philippines Accountable Manager) kicked off the event with a welcome speech that outlined AAG’s vision to become an industry leader. Col. Christian Barela PAF (Ret.) (Project Manager, AAG Defense Division) then discussed the company’s various thrusts and projects to help the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) develop a sustainable aviation training and maintenance capability build-up.

“Very memorable stay and interesting hands-on with the simulators,” shares Col. Adebisi Onasanya of the Nigerian Army.

“Thank you for the excellent hospitality! All the best!” says Col. KJ Singh of the Indian Army.

Also present to host the guests were Col. Christian Aquino COP (Ret) (AAGP Head of Safety) and Col. Neil Bugarin PAF (Ret) (AAG Head of OCC). (AAG Corporate Affairs)

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga – AAG formally signed on 01 September 2022 a memorandum of agreement with the Air Cavaliers Credit Cooperative (ACCC) which aims to extend the cooperative’s loan facility for members or their dependents interested to undertake either AAG’s Airline Pilot Program (APP) or First Officer Transition (FOT) Program.

First to avail of the financing program is incoming Cadet John Benedict Lascuna who is joining the Airline Pilot Program (APP) 05-2022 scheduled to commence on 20 September 2022. Lascuna’s mother is an associate member of ACCC.

“We continue to help strengthen the aviation industry through collaborations such as this one. We highly appreciate the trust and confidence given by ACCC as we pursue our mission to train and develop world-class pilots and aviation leaders by providing top-of-class training solutions,” stressed Capt. Vincente Casibang II (Accountable Manager, AAG Philippines) in his remarks.

“ACCC is now considered as one of the leading players in the financing institution in the Philippines with a main office in Pasay City and 15 satellite offices all over the country. We already belong to the so- called ‘billionaires cooperative club’. We are very fortunate to partner with AAG. Rest assured that we will support this partnership,” shared Col. Jesus D. Madlangbayan PAF (Ret), ACCC President and CEO.

L-R: Capt. Gaudencio Maniano (AICAT Accountable Manager), Capt. Vicente Casibang II (AAGP Accountable Manager), Mr. Cristopher Magdangal (AAG Regional Director, Asia- Pacific), Col. Jesus Madlangbayan PAF (Ret) (ACCC President and CEO), Capt. Taunan, Jr. (ACCC VP for Marketing, Membership & Community Development)

“We have been eagerly looking forward to this collaboration. We continuously work to expand our capacity to help young individuals realize their dreams through partners just like ACCC. Flight training is very expensive and financing remains to be one of the biggest hurdles confronting individuals wanting to become commercial airline pilots,” said Mr. Cristopher Magdangal (AAG Regional Director for Asia-Pacific).

“We are looking for ways to extend a similar funding model for aircraft maintenance training and we hope ACCC can consider this opportunity moving forward. We are partnering with a huge OEM from the west to strengthen the qualifications of our aircraft maintenance engineers and bridge the gap between training/graduation and actual employment. We are leveling-up the quality of training so we can produce more world-class manpower capable of competing in the global arena. There is a huge potential and we would like to have ACCC as a partner in this strategic initiative,” Mr. Magdangal added. (AAG Corporate Affairs)

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).