Business aviation continues to grow in China and the rest of the Asia region, and the demand for pilots and technicians is stronger than ever. With a generally accepted ratio of five qualified pilots required for each business jet in service, supplying training for those pilots–and the technicians who will service the aircraft–remains one of the industry’s more profound challenges.
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The upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) provided by Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) has played a key part in countering loss of control in flight (LOC-I), now the most significant cause of transport-category aircraft accidents. APS recently launched an ambitious plan to take its UPRT expertise to airlines and business aviation operators around the world, as well as to military air wings, as professional pilot manual-flying skills move increasingly center-stage.
CAE has been named by Dassault as the exclusive training provider for the recently launched Falcon 5X. The agreement, announced yesterday, covers advanced pilot, maintenance and cabin crew training for the new long-range twinjet. CAE has developed the first full-flight simulators for more than 40 new aircraft from 16 manufacturers. The Montreal-based company declined to say when it will deliver the first pair of simulators for the $40+ million 5X, which is expected to fly next year and enter service in 2017.
CAE announced yesterday that it will start accepting Avcard, an aviation charge card from World Fuel Services, as a form of payment at its business aviation training centers in Dallas and New York. Avcard acceptance allows CAE customers to earn FlyBuys Rewards when they pay for training with the card. CAE plans eventually to expand this payment option to its other business aircraft training facilities, including those in Amsterdam, São Paulo, Shanghai, Dubai, London and Phoenix. The company offers training on more than 80 business aircraft platforms.
Signature Flight Support has signed a deal with Imperial Oil of Canada that could see the service provider chain add as many as 38 FBOs to its network. The agreement offers all Canadian Esso-branded FBOs the option to become members of the Signature network or to join the service provider’s Signature Select affiliate program. As part of the agreement, Imperial Oil will continue to be the fuel provider and the locations will continue to carry their Esso fuel branding, in addition to any possible Signature badges.
CAE said last week it had received Level D qualification of the world’s first simulator for the Boeing 747-8 freighter, a full-flight simulator (FFS) sold to Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines International. Luxembourg’s national aviation authority awarded the simulator EASA Level D qualification. CAE also announced November 12 that it had received Level D qualifications from the FAA for its first two Boeing 787 FFSs for undisclosed North American customers.
In a string of promotions announced yesterday at Bombardier but not effective until January 1, Eric Martel will be president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, succeeding Steve Ridolfi, who will be senior vice president of strategy and mergers and acquisitions at Bombardier Inc. Meanwhile, Michel Ouellette will take over Martel’s current position–president of Bombardier customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft–also at the turn of the new year.
Smartphone maker BlackBerry (née RIM) plans to close its corporate flight department as part of a comprehensive restructuring plan aimed at stemming losses that are set to total as much as $995 million during its second fiscal quarter, which ended last month. New chief executive Thorsten Heins has decided to sell a Bombardier Global Express that the Waterloo, Ontario-based company bought pre-owned as recently as July for an undisclosed price.
CAE has begun simulator training at its facility in Delhi, India. The training center, a joint venture between CAE and Interglobe, houses two full-flight simulators providing pilot and maintenance technician training for the region. According to the company, the six simulator bays will be able to train more than 5,000 professionals per year once they operating at full capacity. The center occupies 3.5 acres in the Greater Noida Industrial Area, about 25 miles southeast of Delhi.
The airline industry will need more than one million new pilots and technicians to operate and maintain new aircraft due for delivery over the next two decades, according to a new forecast from Boeing. The 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook, released on Thursday at the launch of 787 training at the U.S. airframer’s Miami Flight Services campus, projects a requirement for 498,000 new airline pilots and 556,000 new maintenance technicians by 2032.
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