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flight academies in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the US from which over
1,000 cadets graduate each year " said Nick Leontidis, CAE group
president for Civil Aviation Training Solutions.
CAE is the global leader in civil flight simulators with over 260
full flight simulators installed at airlines such as Singapore, China
Eastern, Xiamen, Korean Air, Sriwijaya Air, and Jet Airways to name
a few. Increased simulator training forms an essential component
of the MPL pathway and CAE has developed a strategy to take the
cadet through to captain using the people and products of CAE.
In 2014 China Eastern formed a joint venture with CAE Oxford
in Melbourne, Australia that now partly secures their pilot supply
chain. General manager Mike Drinkall said the partnership has
brought many benefits for both parties. "For CAE Oxford, we have
a guaranteed supply of pilots coming through which underpins the
investments we have made to accommodate them. For China East-
ern, who are looking to train 1,000 new pilots a year, they are getting
a consistent stream of highly trained airline ready pilots coming back
to them for entry as first o icers" he said.
L3 Commercial Training Solutions has developed a similar approach
of flying schools and flight simulators. L3-CTS has bases in the UK ,
New Zealand, Bangkok and the USA. Company president, Alan
Crawford, said they are seeing lots of growth in the MPL programs
and commenting on the pilot shortage he said, " There's a need for
more airline sponsorship of cadets"
. Crawford also sees the need for
airlines to make commitments to cadets early in the training process.
In June 2017, L3-CTS partnered with Hong Kong Airlines in a Cadet
Pilot Program to take cadets with no flying experience all the way
through to second o icer positions. The programme is fully funded
by Hong Kong Airlines with a structured pathway in place from
cadet to captain. The vice chairman of Hong Kong Airlines, Tang
King Shing, said the programme "forms a remarkable milestone for
Hong Kong Airlines in nurturing and grooming our own talent asset
and with the company's commitment to the local aviation industry."
The initial flight training will be done at L3-CTS New Zealand
in around 18 months followed by simulator training on the path to
appointment as an A330 second o icer. To support the ongoing
development of their pilots Hong Kong Airlines are installing 12 full
flight simulators in their new aviation training centre.
Australia's Airways Aviation Group has devised its own programme
that takes a novice through to airline-ready pilot with three pro-
gressions. The first step for Asian students would be the Aviation
Foundation School in Kuala Lumpur for ground training, followed
by flight training and commercial pilot licence work in Australia and
then advanced simulator training at the Aviation Airways Brisbane
Airline Training Centre as required.
When asked about the pilot shortages in Asia, the founder of
Airways Aviation, Romy Hawatt, said: "It is evident from airline
partners that this is clearly the biggest challenge facing them at the
moment. With multiple pilot training academies and a dedicated
Airline Training Centre, Airways Aviation has capacity in Australia
to support the flight training requirements of Asian airlines looking
to train ever increasing numbers of new pilots."
"Our recent experience suggests that airlines are looking for in-
creasingly bespoke solutions to their specific training requirements.
As a result, Airways Aviation has also prioritised the development
of extensive support services to act as a trusted partner for airlines.
These dedicated training pathways include an aviation degree, a
flight screening and recruitment solution and end to end airline
ready pilot training."
Another aspect to this total package concept is the CREW pro-
gramme which recruits pilots for airlines utilising 15 global assess-
ment centres. Hawatt, at Airways Aviation, said "CREW has already
secured some of the world's largest airlines as customers, providing
them with an increasing global footprint to attract, screen and select
the very best candidates."
A trend observed by both CAE and Airways is that airlines are get-
ting involved much earlier in the pilot selection and training phases
and looking for training that is tailor-made to their standards. "In that
sense airlines are more than ever looking beyond the recruitment
of first o icers, assessing and recruiting candidates that have what
it takes to become successful captains," CAE's Nick Leontidis said.
From an airline perspective Singapore Airlines has developed a
pathway to take cadets with no flying experience to first o icer using
a combination of o shore and Singaporean resources. The cadet
course is operated by subsidiary, Singapore Flying College, with
initial flying training in Australia at the college's base in Perth. That
is followed by type rating and further training in Singapore before
beginning their careers as first o icers with the Singapore group.
The Singapore Airlines' programme stands out through its defined
pathway approach, training is provided and the cadets are paid an
▲ Increased simulator training forms an essential component of most
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