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Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga – It has been another year of sharing and delivering ‘world-class’, and contributing meaningfully to the bigger industry and society for the AAG Family. Before leaping into the New Year, the family makes the most of the remaining days of 2021 through its long-term and forward-looking value creation & sharing initiatives, the AAG CARES and the AAG “Edu-Techno-Tourism” Program.

Last December 16, a strong typhoon hit the country, affecting hundreds and thousands of families and leaving severe damages to properties and infrastructures particularly in Central Visayas and Mindanao Region. Through the AAG CARES (Community Assistance and Response) Program, in partnership with Rohyle Aviation Academy and Rohyle Air Way Charter Inc.’s mercy missions, the AAG Family was able to reach families severely affected by Typhoon Odette in Bohol. The mercy missions happened on 30 December, with two (2) Barangays receiving relief packages including 10L water gallons, sacks of rice, and snacks and goodies for kids. This mission was made possible through the collaboration of Rohyle Aviation Academy Inc, CGADSW PCGA, 302nd Squadron PCGA, Neomed Marketing, ZC Centro Latino Eagles Club, and AAG Philippines.

AAG is also ending 2021 opening its doors to guests and visitors once again as it brings back its “Edu-Techno-Tourism” Program in full swing after a temporary halt due to the restrictions brought about by the pandemic. With protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety, the AAG Family is ready to welcome groups, organizations, and visitors, and let them experience ‘world-class’ for free. This is part of the organization’s recovery and growth advocacy – for the company, the community, and the industry. During the last working day of the year, the AAG Family welcomed at least 20 visitors in the facility. Through the concerted effort of the Marketing & Sales Team, Operations Department, Simulator Maintenance Team, Training team, Safety Department, and Student Affairs and Client Relations, the visitors were given the opportunity to see and experience AAG’s world-class infrastructure and training equipment.

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga – An AAG-trained pilot is a resilient and a future ready pilot – this long term and forward-looking mindset is what Team AAG aims to instill to its trainees and even to its graduates, especially now that signs of recovery are emerging and that the industry is navigating its path back to its golden days.

Through the concerted efforts of the leaders, members, and volunteers of the Task Force “Balik Alpha”, the team formally launches today, the “AAG Mentoring Hub” – a mentoring program designed to engage, equip, and educate AAG’s trainees and graduates about the future of the aviation industry and pilot training, the path towards recovery, and the skills and the mindset needed in fulfilling and realizing their dream. Through individual coaching, small group discussions, and free learning sessions that will be delivered by seasoned pilots and aviation experts who serve as program mentors, the program aims to influence more cadets to appreciate the long-term value of completing their training as the first crucial step towards their envisioned career as commercial airline pilots and aviation professionals.

Task Force “Balik Alpha” – Mentoring Program TWG Lead and AAG’s Head of Training, Capt. Lev Albarece, underscored the importance of being in a team and working as a team in his opening address. “(being in a team) gives us a sense of purpose and belongingness. As the cliché goes, ‘there is no “I” in team’. So as a team, we are here to support each other, sama-sama tayo dito.”

AAG’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Mr. Cristopher Magdangal, also delivered an inspiring and motivating remarks during the program launch. His advice is for the mentees to maximize this platform and leverage on their mentors’ vast airline experiences. He also took the opportunity to thank each and every mentor for their invaluable support and for their willingness and passion to mold and prepare the next generation of pilots who will play a critical role in supporting and sustaining the industry’s recovery and growth.

The program kick-off was attended by approximately 102 participants including the mentors, the mentees, the AAG Management Team and staff. After the welcome speeches and remarks, the participants were assigned to their respective breakout room and were given group activities and tasks including identifying a group name for their team. Each team was asked to present their chosen group name and from thereon, the 8 groups under the AAG Mentoring Hub – Team Neo, Team Mission Possible, Team Phoenix, Team Eagles, Team Titan, Team Skywalker, Team Achievers 7, and Team Palaban, will continue to meet, learn, and engage with one another. The launch of this mentoring program is another testament of the team’s firm commitment to its Core Values of Service Excellence, Teamwork, and Customer Satisfaction, proving that at AAG, trainees are more just customers. They are part of a growing, evolving, and advancing AAG family – a family committed to serving and supporting the industry, and a family committed to realizing its vision of “An AAG-trained pilot in every flight deck in the Region”.

 

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga – AAG is now duly registered in the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) under a Platinum Membership.

“This ushers in a new era in AAG’s continuing advocacy to help propel the Philippines into becoming a premier civil and military aviation training and maintenance hub in the region,” stresses Cristopher Magdangal (AAG Regional Director, Asia-Pacific).

This means, AAG can now join Competitive Bidding, Limited Source Bidding and Negotiated Procurement under Two Failed Biddings modality for government projects by submitting its PhilGEPS Certificate of Registration and Membership in lieu of the uploaded file of Class “A” Documents.

Over the past several years, AAG has been closely monitoring developments in the government sector and building a pipeline of potential small-value and big-ticket projects that may be able to benefit entities such as the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy, and Philippine Army. Leveraging on AAG’s core strengths, these projects include flight simulation training, basic flight training, aircraft maintenance, safety management, competency-based training and assessment, among others.

 

AAG Philippine Air Force Training

“Our ultimate objective is to provide cost-effective, relevant and sustainable in-country solutions through partnered-approach,” Magdangal adds.

 

As of late, AAG has successfully delivered the following training to various units of the Philippine Air Force: Safety Management System Course, MCC/CRM Course, Top level SMS/CRM Course, and CBTA webinar.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Over 50 industry leaders gathered together during the first ever Pilot Training Industry Leadership Networking event at the 2021 Dubai Airshow. The event has become an avenue for industry leaders and experts to discuss the effects of the pandemic on the global pilot training industry, share each organization’s best practices, and collaborate on how training organizations will be able to support and meet the training requirements and the demand for pilots in the coming years as the world emerges from the effects of the pandemic.

Being a part of the Global Flight School panel, AAG’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Mr. Cristopher Magdangal, shares how the pandemic affected Southeast Asia, the disruptions and challenges encountered by ATOs, and AAG’s response to the effects of the pandemic on its overall operations. He underscored how the AAG Family’s firm commitment to its Mission, to “train and develop world-class pilots and future leaders for the aviation industry by providing top-of-class training solutions”, and Core Values of Service Excellence, Teamwork, and Customer Satisfaction, allowed the team to reach breakthroughs and milestones and contribute meaningfully to the community and industry amidst the pandemic.

“Preparedness, resiliency, and the strength of a united AAGP family enabled us to adapt to the changes and the challenges brought about by the pandemic. Through our ‘We are AAG Ready’ Campaign headed by the Task Force we formed, we were able to exhibit our commitment to help in the fight against COVID-19, our commitment to the speedy recovery of the aviation industry, and our commitment to resuming business operations under the “New Normal” and “Strictly Controlled Environment” conditions. As a result, AAG was the first locator in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga to firm up its COVID-19 Preventive Measure (AAGP OH&SMS Manual Appendix 16) and the first ATO in the country to resume business operations. These milestones and best practices were also shared to other locators and organizations.

Another pressing concern back then was the re-entry of foreign students to the Philippines to continue their training. This has been experienced not just by AAG but the other ATOs in the country as well. So as the current president of the Aviation Schools Association of the Philippines (ASAP), our team worked with concerned offices and government agencies who can help us facilitate the safe return / entry of foreign trainees. All these efforts and initiatives are testament of our commitment to support and sustain the industry’s recovery and growth, all part of AAG’s long-term and forward-looking Value Creation and Sharing,” stressed RD Cris.

The Pilot Training Industry Leadership Networking event was organized by AFM.aero, a Dubai-headquartered pilot training industry market intelligence platform and advisory firm, and Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA), the pilot training school of Emirates Airline. The event took place on the second day of Dubai Airshow and featured attendees from all corners of the globe – from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle-East.

“AAG: Better. Stronger”

15th Founding Anniversary

 

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga – Alpha Aviation Group, the country’s premier pilot training institution, commemorates its 15th founding anniversary with the theme “AAG: Better. Stronger”. The theme depicts the strength and the resiliency of the AAG family in responding to the challenges and hurdles the organization faced for the past 15 years and how these paved the way for AAG to emerge stronger, better and more resilient than ever.

The “New Normal” conditions may have curtailed the AAG family from doing its usual celebration but through the help of technology and modern platform, the group was able to commemorate this special day through an online / virtual anniversary gathering. Organized by the Human Resource Department, the AAG family – employees working onsite, working from home and even those deployed in other outstations, were able to come together and take part in the commemoration of the company’s remarkable milestone.

Capt. Manny Maniano, one of AAG’s Synthetic Flight Instructors, lead the opening / thanksgiving prayer. The program was formally opened by Capt. Vic Casibang, AAG’s Acting Accountable Manager. In his welcome address, he underscored how the combined strength of the AAG family enabled the company to reach this milestone and encouraged all the members to continue working as team and as a family.

One of the highlights of the program is the launch of the Alpha Aviation Group Credit Cooperative (AAGCCo.). This initiative aims to help members of the AAG family have additional source of savings and income through the coop. The initiative was formally introduced by Capt. Lito Gutierrez, AICAT’s Accountable Manager and at the same time an advocate and a practitioner of financial wellness. He explained how a cooperative works, how it is governed and how it can assist its members towards financial wellness.

Today’s program has also been an avenue to recognize employees who have rendered their services to the company for 5 years and more. HR Supervisor, Fernan Yusi, lead this part of the program. A total of 30 employees were recognized with years of service ranging from 5 to 13 years. Victor Dufort, AAG’s Simulator Maintenance Manager, leads the list in terms of tenure, working for the company for about 13 years and 4 months.

AAG’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Mr. Cristopher Magdangal, delivered the State of the Organization Address. In his speech, he thanked the members of the AAG family for their hardwork and dedication and encouraged everyone to keep on innovating and improving and to push towards greater efficiency.

In between each part of the program are trivia questions facilitated by the emcee. Employees who were able to provide the correct answer for each trivia question received limited edition AAG merchandise as their prize. Trivia questions cover significant milestones of AAG for the past 15 years. The short anniversary program ended with HR’s announcement of the opening of the virtual bazaar, an initiative providing opportunity to the members of the AAG Family to promote their business and sell their products within the group as a way of showing the company’s support to its employees.

Overall, the current situation may have hampered the company from celebrating the usual way but this virtual anniversary gathering is a proof that no matter what comes our way, as long as we work as a team and care as a family, our combined strength and our resiliency will always enable this family emerge better and stronger. We are team AAG, a united family, stronger than any adversity.

Happy 15th Founding Anniversary AAG!

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga – Since the launch of the activity in 2013, Alpha Aviation Group’s Airline Pilot Career Orientation has not just been an avenue for promoting the company and its flagship programs. To a greater extent, it has become a means to educate aviation enthusiasts about the latest trends and updates in the global aviation / airline industry as well as the opportunities, expansions and growth expected in the forthcoming years.

Disruptions and changes may have dawned the entire industry for the past several months due to COVID-19 but for AAG, the advocacy continues. Last June 27, the AAGP team, headed by the Marketing & Sales Department, organized and conducted its first-ever Online Airline Pilot Career Orientation with the theme, “Future proofing the aviation industry: the value of pilot training during a pandemic”. The free learning session was attended by roughly 250 participants via zoom and almost 200 participants via simulcast on Facebook. Alpha Aviation Group’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Mr. Cristopher Magdangal, was one of the resource speakers. He underscored the industry’s resilience amidst the challenges it faced in the past and how it bounced back after being hit by previous outbreaks and catastrophes.  He emphasized the signs of recovery that are slowly emerging and with the prediction of a 2-year recovery period for the industry, this claims still stands: that pilots are and still will be needed in the coming years. RD Cris’ lecture was followed by a presentation about AAG and its readiness for the “New Normal”. Alpha Aviation Group’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Ruel Rombaoa, delivered a presentation about AAG, its advocacies and its role in the recovery of the industry. He highlighted AAG’s commitment to help in the society’s fight against COVID-19, support the industry’s recovery and its readiness to operate under “New Normal” conditions and “Strictly Controlled” environment. The last resource speaker discussed the details of the “Study Now, Pay Later Program”, a partnership between AAG and RCBC. Ms. Kert Olivas from RCBC provided an overview of the program, the application process and requirements and all the pertinent information needed by interested applicants.

Towards the end of the learning session, the resource speakers addressed the questions and queries of the participants during the Q&A part. A video for a virtual tour was also shown to provide participants with a glimpse on how things are done the AAG way. At the end of the learning session, the first 10 participants who were able to accomplish the post activity survey were chosen as winners of limited edition AAG merchandise.

This is just the first of the many more online learning sessions and orientations that AAG will conduct as it continues to adapt to the changes brought about by the “New Normal”. AAG will continue with its advocacy on educating and encouraging the public to take part in the recovery, growth and advancement of the entire aviation industry.