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AOPA conducted a study of the flight training industry and learned that as many as 80 percent of those who start flight training do not earn a pilot certificate. Now AOPA is sharing the information with the flight training community “to help schools and instructors recognize what works and put that knowledge to use in their own businesses.

AirAsia has signed a five-year contract with the CAE, which will see hundreds of additional new AirAsia A320 First Officers trained by the CAE in a competency-based Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) program conducted across a number of training locations in Asia.

The Hamilton-based global pilot training provider CTC Aviation Group has been approved to train Singapore airline pilots. According to its CEO Ian Calvert, the CTC is the first flight training organisation in New Zealand to gain the approval from the Singapore civil aviation authority.
A breakthrough in aviation investigations has taken place in Russia as the country’s pilots will now have the opportunity to participate in air-crash investigations. This comes after the Interstate Aviation Committee signed a cooperation agreement with the Russian pilots’ trade union. The agreement will last for three years, after which it will be automatically extended.
Last Wednesday the engine-maker Pratt and Whitney inked an agreement with the Singapore Polytechnic for its students to gain hands-on experience in China.
From now till 2017 about 300 Aeronautical Engineering students will go for a six-week programme in Beijing or Guangzhou.

The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa’s Aviation Training Academy (ATA) has received the International Air Transport Association (IATA) 2011 Worldwide Top Regional Training Partner (RTP) Award.

Hundreds of American pilots could soon be taking off, literally, as recruiters from 12 different Chinese airlines arrived in Henderson, looking to hire American pilots with the promise of bolstering their bank accounts.

AOPA and EAA have joined forces seeking to at least delay implementation of a new rule that could bring six-figure fines to pilots who traverse airspace that federal officials have yet to depict in graphic form. Slated to take effect in the end of February, the new regulation would enable NOAA to impose fines of up to $100,000 for flying at low altitude (1,000 to 2,000 feet msl) over sanctuaries in the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine sanctuaries in California; and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in the state of Washington.

General Electric Co. plans to hire 5,000 veterans over the next five years and invest $580 million to expand its aviation business.

Gulfstream is expanding its support and training network in Asia, with the first factory-owned OEM maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) factory in China and the first dedicated business jet flight simulator in the region. ‘The Gulfstream fleet is rapidly expanding in the Asia-Pacific region, which now accounts for 27% of the Savannah, Ga., manufacturer’s $17.9 billion backlog,’ informed  Mr. Larry Flynn, the president of Gulfstream.



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