As the global population increases, so does the demand for airline jets and the pilots who fly these aircraft. This is especially true in Southwest Asia. In the Philippines, one aviation academy is doing their part to ensure that students not only receive training but also do so with state of the art technology.
At the Alpha Aviation Group (AAG), students now receive schooling through flight simulation.
This flight simulator is the Airbus A330/340, meaning it has A340 functionality and is a multi-million dollar feature for the academy cadets. The simulator gives students training through hands-on experience stay globally competitive in the pilot world. This machine is the first of its kind to be secured in the Philippines, and will make the Alpha Aviation Group a destination for future pilots all across the globe.
Christopher Magdangal, the regional director of the Alpha Aviation Group, states that he hopes the acquisition of the Airbus 330/340 will make the AAG and the Philippines a future hotspot in aviation training. The Airbus 330/340 is not only the first of its technology in the Philippines, but also the first in the entire Asia-Pacific region. Magdangal believes that with this technology, the AAG will support the regional airlines to expand according to plan.
This is not, however, the first aircraft simulator for Alpha Aviation Group.
Just last year, they obtained the A320 flight simulator, making the recent acquisition of the Airbus A330/340 the second flight simulator at the academy. In a region where the demand for pilot training is greater than available aircraft, these simulators are a huge addition to the academy, as well as to the Southeast Asia region. Magdangal states that the supply and demand will only continue to grow further apart. He cites that Southwest Asia will have a massive demand for pilots in the next 20 years.
A Boeing forecast says that, by 2034, there will be a need for around 617,000 commercial pilots globally and that around 40 percent of these pilots, or around 248,000 will be needed in the Southeast Asia region. With the flight simulators at the Alpha Aviation Group, Magdangal hopes that the demand can be met by that time. He stated, “Southeast Asia’s wide-bodied fleet grew by more than 30 percent in 2015 and AAG is committed to supply qualified and competent pilots.”
As technology increases, the possibility of increasing the number of flight simulators is high.
There are no signs of slowing down the global population growth, especially in the region of Southeast Asia. As population increases, so will the demand for commercial pilots, and technology must assist in training world-class aviators. At the Alpha Aviation Group, they are doing their part to help meet the demand for commercial aviators. With the help of two flight simulators, most recently the Airbus 330/340, they are making flight training an easier and more efficient option. The AAG hopes that their academy will draw students from all over the globe with world-class training and lower cost technology.