According to a recent report by Boeing, the Middle East will need more than 37,000 pilots to fly the aircraft due to be delivered there over the next 20 years. But the region faces a serious lack of adequate training facilities. “Pilot requirements for the Gulf region will grow at a faster rate than local pilots can be trained,” concluded Boeing in its latest pilot and technician forecast.
First there was flight operational quality assurance (FOQA), which analyzes flight data to improve pilot performance, and now there is SOQA, which compares simulator-derived data with FOQA data.
Moscow-based ASC Aviation Equipment has entered into an agreement with Boeing’s Aviall that calls for the U.S. company to supply forecasting services, technology, training and aviation material for distribution in the Russian aviation market. ASC Aviation Equipment is a subsidiary of Concern of Aviation Equipment (CAE), a State Corporation Russian Technologies company. The agreement becomes effective in the fourth quarter.
CAE Flight Training (India) and InterGlobe Enterprises of India are forming a joint-venture training center to provide pilot and maintenance training in India. Located in the National Capital Region, Delhi, India, it is slated to begin operations by the end of next year. It is the fifth CAE facility in the country. CAE currently trains more than 1,500 crewmembers every year at its training center in Bengaluru.
The Bombardier Learjet 45 will be the first business jet model offered at CAE’s new training facility in Toluca, Mexico, near Mexico City. Training in the light jet at this location will start next spring, CAE said. Meanwhile, the company is adding training capabilities for Challenger 605 pilots and maintenance technicians at its Emirates-CAE Flight Training facility in Dubai.
CAE and AirAsia have expanded a prior partnership into a joint venture to provide training for maintenance engineers, technicians, pilots, cabin crew and ground services personnel for airlines throughout the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, including AirAsia’s.
CAE (Hall 3 C60) and Mitsui (Hall 4 F169) announced that they plan to establish a joint-venture training center in Japan for the new Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ).
Austria’s International Jet Management (IJM) and CAE signed a four-year training agreement on Tuesday at here at EBACE. Under the contract, more than 100 IJM pilots will train at CAE facilities in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. on a number of aircraft. IJM provides aircraft management, charter and sales.
Flight training provider CAE is preparing to double its global network of business aviation training centers over the next two years. In a major vote of confidence in a business aviation recovery, the U.S.-based group recently added a new facility in Amsterdam. Next year, it plans to open centers in both Mexico and Brazil and by 2013 it will add another at a soon-to-be determined location in Asia.
The 56th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), jointly sponsored by NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation, last week hosted about 350 attendees and 30 exhibitors. Flight Safety Foundation president Bill Voss presented this year’s Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award to Bombardier Aerospace, for annual sponsorship of its free safety standdowns, now offered in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and soon in Asia (China).