• Soon an Airbus Training Center

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    A leading aircraft manufacturer will set up an Airbus Training Center in Manila to support type-rating training of the growing aviation industry here, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Sunday.

    Airbus SAS, the aircraft manufacturing division of Airbus Group based in Blagnac, in Toulouse, France, will equip the training center with brand-new flight simulators.

    CAAP Director General William K. Hotchkiss 3rd said they had endorsed to the Board of Investments a request for support to the establishment of the training center.

    Airbus SAS representative Thierry Martin earlier told the aviation authority about the project.

    Other Airbus SAS training centers are located in Toulouse, Miami (Florida), Hamburg (Germany), Beijing (China) and Bangalore (India).

    With the center, according to CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio, there will be no need to send pilots for training in Singapore or Europe.

    The training center will be exclusive to Airbus pilots of Airbus ATR turbo prop and A320 planes who wish to fly bigger aircraft such as A330s and A340s.

    “The training fee is… roughly 30,000 dollars for the whole training session because of the state-of-the-art, brand-new simulators that the center will use,” according to Beda Badiola, CAAP Flight Standards Inspectorate Service chief.

    The training center will start operations in mid-2015 because it will take about six months to install the flight simulators.

    The CAAP said data from leading aviation information consultancy Center for Asia- Pacific Aviation showed that around 9,160 of total global airplane orders are destined for the Asia-Pacific region and that there will be need for 192,300 pilots and 215,300 technicians until 2030.

    As of December 31, 2014, the CAAP had issued 24,253 airmen licenses.

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