Aviation school: Aiming high for students

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Friday, February 1, 2013


EQUIPPING would-be professionals with knowledge and skills through quality education is what the latest aviation school in Mindanao aims to realize in few years' time after it opened its fifth campus in the country.

The opening of Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology (Aisat) only proves that the demand for highly-skilled workforce in the airline industry here and abroad is on the rise.

It can be recalled that Aisat president Albert Pingoy said there are a lot of opportunities that await students in the industry, considering the airline companies' acquisition of more aircrafts for travelers and businessmen alike.

In fact, the industry has a dire need of around 660,000 aircraft maintenance technicians, 72,000 pilots, and 300,000 flight attendants today, according to Pingoy.

The school also has put in place a set of quality brand new tools and equipment for the students to learn first-hand how it is to be part of the different airline companies' manpower working hand-in-hand from maintenance to flying an actual aircraft.

In fact, Aisat claimed to be the only aviation school in the country that has a Boeing-737. That alone could attest how the school wants its students to learn not only the theories but also the skills needed in order to claim their spot in the most-coveted opportunities that are in the airline industry after years of stay in the academe.

The school provides complete training facilities. One of them is the simulation room (aircraft cabin) for students where they can learn the actual work of flight attendants.

Aisat also provides an actual workspace for students such as engine shop, sheet metal shop, and mechanical skills shop where they can learn more the maintenance side of an aircraft.

For now, Aisat is offering three two-year courses, such as Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Aviation Electronics Technology, and Airline Computer Science major in Airline Operation and Management.

Other programs include 720 hours Aircraft Structure Maintenance Course, 45-day Flight Attendant Training Course, Private Pilot Flight Course, Commercial Pilot Ground Course, Commercial Pilot Flight Course, Flight Instructor Course, and Flight Attendant Training.

Aisat also offers courses for Hotel and Restaurant Management students.

Pingoy said some of these courses are offered only in Manila before, the reason why they brought them closer to young Dabawenyos so that they don't have to fly farther anymore to study there but rather stay here and get the same scholastic standards.

Other Aisat campuses are also present in Bacolod City, Iloilo City, Clark, and Manila.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 02, 2013.

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