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The Asia-Pacific region alone will need
hundreds of thousands of new commercial
airline pilots over the next 20 years in order
to support the fleet modernisation plans
of carriers in the region and the rapid growth in air
travel, according to Boeing.
The manufacturer's 2012 Pilot and Technician
Outlook predicts the region will need 185,600
new pilots through to 2030, with China having the
biggest requirement -- 71,300 pilots. North East Asia
will require 18,800 pilots, while South East Asia will
need 51,500, according to Boeing. The Oceania
region will need 12,900 pilots and South West Asia
will have a requirement for 31,000, predicts Boeing.
"This great need for aviation personnel is a
global issue, but it's hitting the Asia-Pacific region
particularly hard," says Bob Bellitto, global sales
director for Boeing Flight Services. "Some airlines
are already experiencing delays and operational
interruptions because they don't have enough
qualified pilots. Surging economies in the region are
driving travel demand. Airlines and training providers
need new and more engaging ways to fill the pipeline
of pilots and technicians for the future," he adds.
Boeing itself is building partnerships around the
world to develop a global flight school network to
supply aviation personnel. Most recently, in June for
example, it signed a memorandum of understanding
with the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation to
jointly work on aviation training programmes.
Training providers throughout the region are
gearing up for the challenges ahead, with many in the
middle of expansion plans and others on the verge of
adding aircraft, simulators and facilities to meet the
needs of a growing industry.
In Australia, for example, Airline Academy
of Australia (AAA) has recently completed an
expansion programme that involved new facilities
and simulators. The Archerfield Airport, Queensland-
based school currently graduates between 120 and
150 pilots annually. "These pilots arrive with little
or zero experience and complete their CPL and
MECIR [multi-engine command instrument rating]
within approximately 46 weeks. Cadets then have the
option to continue in our high performance centre and
complete their MCC [multi-crew co-operation course]
and jet bridge training before undertaking their type
rating," says Allan Brooks, chief executive officer.
AAA has a fleet of 35 aircraft, including Garmin
1000-equipped Cessna 172SPs through to
Beechcraft Duchess for core training. It also has four
training simulators, ranging from the Redbird FMX
full motion simulator through to a recently purchased
Boeing 737 fixed base trainer (FBT).
AAA is looking ahead to strong growth. "Our
academy has the capacity to double pilot production
over the next 24 months," says Brooks.
Likewise, across the Tasman in New Zealand,
Massey University's School of Aviation has recently
acquired a new fleet of Diamond aircraft and Mentor
flight training devices. The school currently produces
around 45 ab initio graduates per annum and 90
to 100 students undergoing recurrent training at
any given time, says Ashok Poduval, chief executive
officer. The Palmerston North-based school operates
12 single-engine Diamond DA40s, two twin-engine
Diamond DA42s, four flight training devices and
three desktop trainers for Garmin 1000 training.
And in Singapore, ST Aerospace's commercial
pilot training business, ST Aerospace Academy
(STAA) was recently boosted with a US$1.44
million capital injection from its parent in order to
fund its expansion. The funding has been used for a
new recently commissioned flight operations centre
Pilot training providers in the Asia-Paci c region are gearing up to cope
with the demands of a rapidly-growing and changing industry. Emma
Kelly talks to some of the providers.
FACING UP TO THE CHALLENGE
Some airlines are already experiencing delays and operational interruptions
because they don't have enough qualified pilots.
AAA has a growing fleet of 35 training aircraft.
AUSTRALIAN AVIATION ACADEMY
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