Aviation group unveils $11-M training center

CLARK FREEPORT. The new Airbus320 full flight simulator version 2.0 is part of the Alpha Aviation Group's $11-million training facility in Clark Freeport. (Photo by Charlene A. Cayabyab)

A GLOBAL pilot training facility recently unveiled an $11-million simulator and training center.

Alpha Aviation Group (AAG), which trains hundreds of pilots every year, opened its newest simulator training facility including a brand new Airbus A320 full flight simulator (FFS).

Bhanu Choudrie, C&C Alpha Group founder and executive director, said the airline industry has great demands with the prediction of 3.9 billion passengers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region by 2037.

Choudrie said more passengers would require more commercial pilots as many as 645,000 worldwide by 2038.

"This is why we are committed to an ongoing ambitious plan – to ensure world-class facilities where as many cadets can learn to fly as possible and industry demand can be met," Choudhrie said during the unveiling of the new facilities on September 13.

Choudrie said the new simulator training center houses four additional simulator bays including the Airbus320 FFS version 2.0.

"This new simulator will enable the more than 300 students currently enrolled here to train with the highest standards," Choudrie said adding that the new facilities also demonstrates their commitment to the regional airline industry.

AAG has trained more than 400 pilots from over 40 nations around the world.

Present during the unveiling of the new facilities were AAG chairman Cherian Thomas, Asia Pacific regional director Christopher Magdangal, Department of Tourism Undersecretary for Legal and Special Concerns Edwin Enrile, Department of Transportation Transport Security Administrator Raul del Rosario, Bank of the Philippine Islands Century Tokyo Lease and Finance Corporation vice president and chief operating officer Homer Aniceto.

AAG's airline partners include Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, Air Arabia, Pan Pacific, Royal Air, SeAir and VietJet.

Meanwhile, their financing partners include BPI, BDO, RCBC and Maybank.


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