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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)

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines – AAG Philippines (AAGP) signed on 30 September 2022 a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Topflite Academy to facilitate the entry of the latter’s CPL/IR graduates into AAG’s First Officer Transition (FOT) Program or the Airbus A320 Type Rating Program.

L to R: Capt. Vincente Casibang II (AAGP Accountable Manager), Mr. Cristopher Magdangal (AAG Regional Director, Asia-Pacific), Capt. Sahl Andrew Onglatco (Topflite Academy Accountable Manager), and Ms. Maria Jesa Dasallas (Topflite Academy Admin Manager)

This is the fourth agreement formalized by AAG this year. Similar partnerships with other ATOs are being finalized according to AAG. “This is part of our ongoing advocacy not to compete but instead collaborate with our fellow industry players,” shares Capt. Vicente Casibang II (AAGP Accountable Manager).

Gracing the signing ceremony was AAG Regional Director, Asia-Pacific Mr. Cristopher Magdangal. “As the aviation industry continues to recover, we expect the demand for world-class pilots to reach, if not exceed pre-pandemic numbers. No single flight school can meet the industry requirements. We have to help each other,” underscores Mr. Magdangal. (AAG Corporate Affairs)

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines – Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia (ERAU Asia) have collaborated to expand professional education in India and Asia.

This is part of ERAU Asia’s plan to bring affordable training to countries in Asia, through partnerships with country-level aviation academies, airline academies, universities and polytechnics. Under the collaboration, AAG Philippines (AAGP) and AAG Center for Aviation Training (ACAT) India will market the “ERAU Asia Graduate Certificate in Aviation – Asia Focus”.

“We are very honored to be the very first partner of ERAU Asia in the region. The collaboration further strengthens AAG’s position as a premier aviation training solutions provider and our current thrusts to support the aviation industry’s ongoing rebound,” states Cristopher Magdangal (AAG Regional Director, Asia-Pacific).

The graduate certificate with special focus on the Asian aviation industry is ideal for students about to enter the workforce; professionals in airline, airport and aircraft management, banking and finance; and professionals interested in Asia aviation management. It will be delivered online synchronous and can be completed in 6-12 months.

The core subjects include airport management; air carrier, passenger and cargo management; global logistics and supply chain management; aviation applied finance; applied economics in aviation; production and procurement; and strategic marketing management.

Students can choose one (1) or more elective course/s:  managing human factors, performance management and managerial accounting practices in aviation, or international business administration.

Complete details about the courses, admission process, fees, and schedules will be made available on the AAG Philippines and ACAT India websites soon. (AAG Corporate Affairs)

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)