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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.


Helping fulfill pilot dreams, NOW…

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga- In line with AAG’s long-term and forward-looking value creation & sharing initiatives, the company continues to partner with banks and other institutions to expand its financing support facilities for aspiring pilots. On 02 August 2022, AAG sealed a tie-up with BDO for a ‘Study Now, Pay Later’ (SNPL) Program, an educational loan program in a form of a home loan designed to assist AAG’s trainees in funding their pilot training program.

Mr. Cristopher Magdangal, Regional Director for Asia Pacific and the signatory for AAG, underscored how the SNPL Program has emerged from the continued partnership between the two organizations. “The SNPL Program is a product of our growing and continuing partnership with BDO. In 2016, we worked together in bringing the first wide-body aircraft simulator in the Philippines. Now, I am delighted that this partnership is set to expand its reach. The partnership is no longer just about supporting AAG in building its assets and capabilities, but to a greater extent, it now includes helping the next generation of pilots fulfill their dreams. That, for me, is an affirmation that AAG’s partnership with BDO is a kind of partnership that truly creates value and contributes meaningfully to the bigger community and aviation industry.” “We all know that pilot training programs usually require significant amount of resources, and a lot of aspiring pilots find that a hindrance. We want to bridge that gap. We want to open more opportunities for aspiring pilots for them to be able to pursue their passion and dreams, and see them take part in the industry’s recovery. AAG is grateful and privileged to partner with BDO in carrying out this advocacy,” he added.

The ceremonial MOA signing was held at the AAG Simulator Training Center and was attended by key people from both organizations. Representing BDO were Ms. Grace Lastimosa- First Vice President and the signatory on behalf of BDO, and Ms. Cecilia Liwanag- Senior Assistant Vice President. On the other hand, AAG’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Mr. Cristopher Magdangal was joined by AAG’s Accountable Manager, Capt. Vicente Casibang, who also signed as one of the witnesses.

The “AAG SNPL Program in partnership with BDO” is an exclusive offer to AAG’s Airline Pilot Program (APP) and First Officer Transition (FOT) trainees. Trainees may take advantage of the flexible loan term, light payment option, and built-in insurance features of the loan program. To qualify, applicants are first required to pass the screening and assessment process of the training program they are applying for.

AAG, as an organization that sees itself as part of a bigger community and industry, is set to continue to strengthen its partnership with institutions and key industry players in developing and introducing programs and initiatives that will help aspiring pilots realize their dream, and support the aviation industry in its recovery.

Supporting an industry on a rebound by training and producing ‘airline-ready’ pilots

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga- It won’t be long before we see the aviation industry rise up and get back on its feet once again. In a press release published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), global air passenger numbers are expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels in 2024 ( releases/2022-03-01-01/). And if there is one critical aspect to focus on now that we navigate the path towards recovery, that is to make aviation professionals, particularly aviators, ready to support and sustain the industry’s eventual recovery.

Organizations who believe in the resiliency of the aviation industry and are ready to support the industry’s recovery understand that collaboration and leveraging on each other’s strength is the key to speeding up and sustaining its recovery. On 08 July 2022, two (2) leading ATOs in the Philippines- AAG and FAA, inked a partnership agreement for the First Officer Transition (FOT) program– a full Airbus A320 Type Rating program with MCC and JOT designed to equip CPL-IR license holders with all the required elements to qualify for a rating on an Airbus A320. The program is pioneered by AAG and is part of the organization’s< flagship programmes. “We are very much delighted that FAA is teaming up with us in producing ‘airline ready’ pilots. This MOA is very timely especially now that we all anticipate the industry’s recovery. I am certain that this initiative will play a key role in enhancing and strengthening the aviation training in the country,” said Capt. Vicente Casibang, AAG’s Accountable Manager and the partnership signatory for AAG.

FAA also expressed its appreciation and excitement on the partnership. In his remarks, FAA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO)- MGen. Restituto Padilla Jr. AFP (Ret) said, “I look forward to seeing more of these- collaborations, partnerships, and alliances happening within the industry in the years to come. This is a golden opportunity to take part in the recovery of the aviation industry. Our team is excited to work hand-in-hand with the AAG team in producing the kind of pilots the industry needs during these exciting times. God willing, there will be more of these in the near future, as we move onward the path towards recovery, and as we help our pilot trainees fulfill their passion and dreams. Maraming salamat sa pagkakataon, and cheers to this partnership!” Also representing FAA were Capt. Jesus D. Madlangbayan, Accountable Manager and the signatory on behalf of FAA, and Mr. Raoul S. Perez, Consultant- PTC Holdings, Inc, who led the drafting and the finalization of the MOA.

The ceremonial MOA signing was concluded by AAG’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Mr. Cristopher Magdangal. In his closing speech, he thanked FAA for their confidence and trust in AAG and conveyed his optimism on the partnership between AAG and FAA. He said, “this is a very welcome development as we all move towards the recovery of the industry. As training institutions, we play an important role in triggering growth, not just on the aspect of pilot training, but in all facets of the industry. Since I started working in the aviation industry, consolidation has been one of my advocacies. And that could only happen if there is trust among organizations. So, to our partners in FAA, thank you for the trust. I am optimistic that this is just the beginning of the many more opportunities we can explore together. So, with the best that we can, let’s work together- for our organizations, for our trainees, for the bigger community, and the entire aviation industry.”