Gulf Aviation Training Event Addresses Pilot Shortage

 - July 11, 2012, 4:00 AM

With Middle Eastern Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines experiencing exponential growth in the Arabian Gulf, there is a growing requirement for qualified pilots. The Gulf Aviation Training Event (GATE) will bring a panel of industry experts together to discuss and debate the pilot shortage in the region. Scheduled for September 16-17 at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai, the conference, themed Breaking the Paradigms: Flight Training at $150 a Barrel, will be led by Capt. Ed Davidson, senior v-p for air transport consultancy Tetra Tech.

The GATE panel includes Capt. Martin Mahoney, Emirates senior v-p for flight training; Eng. Ismaiel Al Balooshi, UAE director of flight safety and operations for the United Arab Emirates; and Mike Varney, a training consultant with the International Air Transport Association.

Concurrently, the Gulf Air Traffic Management conference will address air traffic management (ATM) developments. Produced by F&E Aerospace, as is the GATE event, it will include a summit titled, ATM Imperatives: Protecting the Gulf’s Economic Growth.