Aviation News – Aviation Voice https://aviationvoice.com Wed, 20 Oct 2021 11:30:22 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.6 Top 6 Base Training Tips https://aviationvoice.com/top-6-base-training-tips-202110201429/ Wed, 20 Oct 2021 11:29:41 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212709 Reading Time: 3 minutes Every student pilot looks forward to the moment they board an airplane as an airline pilot for the first time. But before that, one more phenomenal “first-time” experience comes – base training. It stands for 4 or 6 take-offs and landings that students complete in a real aircraft as the final part of their Type […]

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Every student pilot looks forward to the moment they board an airplane as an airline pilot for the first time. But before that, one more phenomenal “first-time” experience comes – base training. It stands for 4 or 6 take-offs and landings that students complete in a real aircraft as the final part of their Type Rating. After that, they are given an official right to fly commercial jets. Waiting for the first chance to get your hands on the real thing – the aircraft itself – can be pretty stressful! Therefore, we’ve prepared some tips so that you feel fully ready when you get to the cockpit!

Tip 1. Think several steps ahead.

If possible, we recommend doing your base training with the same training provider you get your Type Rating from, as it will simplify things for you. It’s not uncommon that students go all the way long until the Type Rating with one training provider and then suddenly discover they have to look for base training in a different location just because their flight school does not provide such a service. Spending your precious time on “administrative” stuff will not put you in a winning position. Instead, it is time you could have spent more efficiently – honing your piloting skills, for instance. BAA Training will do the job for you and organize base training as a complementary part of Boeing 737NG, Boeing 737 CL and Airbus A320 Type Rating programs.

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Tip 2. Panicking? Go first.

Typically, base training is conducted for a small group of four students who have to wait for each other to do their part. If you feel waiting is causing tension for you, consider going first if such an opportunity exists. But please be advised that by solving one problem this way, you will encounter another one. The first one to go takes responsibility for the whole preparation, a flight management system setup, asking for a clearance, briefings, etc. Also, you won’t be able to observe the other trainees. However, having accepted the challenge, you will also learn more and get relieved much quicker!

Tip 3. Just do what you’ve learnt.

If your next stage is base training, that implies you are well-acquainted with a full flight simulator and knowledgeable enough to take off and land. The simulator is very similar to the real aircraft, and you should find nothing shocking about the flight deck and the entire process. Therefore, wrap your head around the fact that it’s a reality now, recollect everything you have learnt and proceed. Nevertheless, remember that no matter how advanced the simulator is, it’s never absolutely the same as a real aircraft. Imagine how different it’s going to feel when you look out the window, and instead of seeing a simulator wall, you will see a wing sticking out!

Tip 4. Be cautious at all times.

Every time you line up for take-off, always be alert and check the current weather, the runway characteristics and obstacles. Also, mentally recall the procedure in case of engine failure. It will keep your situational awareness high, and nothing will take you by surprise if something goes wrong. Remember that you have experience dealing with the unexpected scenarios practiced in the simulator, so remaining cool-headed is the best thing you can do. When you prepare for landing, you should be aware of the facts like wind direction, temperature, runway condition and whatever else affecting the efficiency of your landing.

Tip 5. Don’t be afraid of a go-around.

A decision to go-around might be taken for multiple reasons. Although it happens rarely, there might be some traffic contention on the landing runway. For example, a landing aircraft ahead may fail to vacate the runway fast enough, or something else might be squirreled about the touchdown. In this case, the wisest decision a pilot can take is to go-around.

Tip 6. Flying is a blast – remember to enjoy it!

Years of hard work, all for this moment. Do you want to greet this moment of pride all shaking, or do you want to get the most out of it? Flying a beast is a fantastic feeling, so don‘t forget to smile and enjoy the moment!

Base training will be a more easily accomplishable task if you put your maximum effort into the entire Type Rating course and absorb as much knowledge as you can. Systematic studying from early stages will lead you to great success during your Base training!

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BOC Aviation Reports 99% Of Its Owned Fleet Is Leased Out https://aviationvoice.com/boc-aviation-reports-99-of-its-owned-fleet-is-leased-out-202110201330/ Wed, 20 Oct 2021 10:30:26 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212704 Reading Time: < 1 minute BOC Aviation, a Singapore-based airplane lessor, continues to grow its fleet. Currently, 99% of its owned fleet is leased out. Currently, only nine out of 420 company’s aircraft are not leased. In total, it has over 100 Airbus A320ceos, over 80 A320neos, close to 20 A330s – current engine and new engine options, as well […]

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BOC Aviation, a Singapore-based airplane lessor, continues to grow its fleet. Currently, 99% of its owned fleet is leased out. Currently, only nine out of 420 company’s aircraft are not leased.

In total, it has over 100 Airbus A320ceos, over 80 A320neos, close to 20 A330s – current engine and new engine options, as well as nine A350s. As for the Boeing types, it has almost 90 from the 737 NG family, 40 737 MAXs, 25 Triple Sevens, and 21 787s. Meanwhile, the company has another 113 aircraft on order.

During the third quarter of 2021, the Singapore-based lessor executed a total of 38 transactions:

  • Took delivery of nine aircraft (including one acquired by an airline customer on delivery)
  • Sold two owned aircraft
  • Signed 27 lease commitments

It has a customer base of 88 airlines in 38 countries and regions in the owned and managed portfolios.

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AirAsia Wants to Pay Off 0.5% Of Its $8 Billion Owed https://aviationvoice.com/airasia-wants-to-pay-off-0-5-of-its-8-billion-owed-202110191025/ Tue, 19 Oct 2021 07:25:07 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212700 Reading Time: < 1 minute AirAsia Group Bhd.’s long-haul arm has offered to pay creditors just 0.5% of more than $8 billion of the total debt they are owed. The airline said it is the only way to avoid liquidation and that the subsequent restructuring will allow it to become profitable again. As Bloomberg reports, “To avoid a liquidation and […]

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AirAsia Group Bhd.’s long-haul arm has offered to pay creditors just 0.5% of more than $8 billion of the total debt they are owed. The airline said it is the only way to avoid liquidation and that the subsequent restructuring will allow it to become profitable again.

As Bloomberg reports, “To avoid a liquidation and to allow the airline to fly again, the only option is for AAX to undertake the proposed debt restructuring, proposed corporate restructuring and proposed fundraising and update its business model to survive and thrive in the long term,” the airline said.

The 0.5% payment will be given out of the airline’s operating cash flow one year after its restructuring is complete. The airline also claimed that if it were able to achieve earnings before interest, tax, lease rentals, restructuring costs, and depreciation of more than $72 million in the years of 2023 – 2026, 20% of that would be paid to its creditors – except Airbus.

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Volotea Opens a New Base in Alghero, Sardinia https://aviationvoice.com/volotea-opens-a-new-base-in-alghero-sardinia-202110181109/ Mon, 18 Oct 2021 08:09:40 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212696 Reading Time: < 1 minute Spanish low-cost airline Volotea plans to open a new base in Alghero, northwest Sardinia, in addition to the carrier’s other two hubs at Cagliari and Olbia. The regional government of Sardinia has announced that Volotea has been awarded with the tender to operate six routes: Alghero – Rome Fiumicino, Alghero – Milan Linate, Cagliari – […]

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Spanish low-cost airline Volotea plans to open a new base in Alghero, northwest Sardinia, in addition to the carrier’s other two hubs at Cagliari and Olbia.

The regional government of Sardinia has announced that Volotea has been awarded with the tender to operate six routes: Alghero – Rome Fiumicino, Alghero – Milan Linate, Cagliari – Rome Fiumicino, Cagliari – Milan Linate, Olbia – Rome Fiumicino and Olbia – Milan Linate. The airline will operate these flights until May 2022, with a greater frequency in October, November, and December.

“We are very satisfied with the result of this tender. Our interest in this region has been demonstrated throughout all these years of presence in Sardinia. We have carried more than 1,5 million of passengers from Cagliari and more than 2 million from Olbia since 2012. These new six routes are a great opportunity for continuing with our objective of growth in this region. This demonstrates our commitment to the Sardinian market and its people, and to our many employees based there, who will be serving these routes.” said Carlos Munoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea.

Sardinia has always been present in the airline’s growth plans, so the company expresses its satisfaction with the resolution of this tender, which allows it to reinforce its presence in the region and its allegiance with its partners and employees in Italy.

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5 Things to Know Before Taking Virtual Pilot Training https://aviationvoice.com/5-things-to-know-before-taking-virtual-pilot-training-202110141706/ Thu, 14 Oct 2021 14:06:04 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212690 Reading Time: 4 minutes In the modern world, where an increasing number of industries, including aviation, start appreciating the power of technology, studying pilot theory online becomes possible and even advisable. However, before signing up for a virtual training course, make sure you know what exactly is in it, how the process will look, and what credit it will […]

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In the modern world, where an increasing number of industries, including aviation, start appreciating the power of technology, studying pilot theory online becomes possible and even advisable. However, before signing up for a virtual training course, make sure you know what exactly is in it, how the process will look, and what credit it will give you. In other words, make sure you don’t “follow the trend” but put your preferred learning style and expectations to the forefront instead. Below please find some food for thought regarding training via the BAA Virtual environment that’ll become available from February 2022.

It is EASA standard pilot training.

You will find dozens of online ground school training packages on the Internet, but keep in mind, they’re all not the same. Some training providers only offer access to self-study materials or an online modular theory training course. In contrast, BAA Training’s students can enroll in EASA standard virtual online programs of full value – ATPL Integrated, ATPL Modular Theory and PPL. Our professional instructors will deliver training in real-time, and students will also have a possibility to drop them a question after class via a tailored form in the system. In parallel, they will possess interactive e-books that they’ll be able to use during, before and after the virtual sessions with instructors.

It is a more beneficial solution financially.

Since you will study pilot theory from home or wherever you want, it will reduce your spending considerably. Avoiding traveling and accommodation expenses is one of the key benefits of learning virtually that makes it so attractive. Nevertheless, please consider that you will still be required to fly to Lithuania to take your Authority examination.

It fits in perfectly with your routine and schedule.

You can definitely fit in virtual training with your own routine and schedule of working, socializing and having fun as per usual. It becomes possible because virtual classroom sessions will take 4 hours per day instead of 8 hours in a traditional classroom. On the other hand, if so-called “campus life” is one of your own most forward-looking experiences, virtual training is hardly an option for you.

It is more flexible and interactive.

The whole learning process becomes more interactive through the virtual platform because of the digital system’s capabilities. You will be assigned lectures, see your schedules, receive examinations and alerts, connect with peers, have group assignments, and more. In addition, you can get back to the material covered during the lecture unlimited times and listen to classroom recordings, which is not feasible while learning face-to-face. On top of the above, you will have access to self-practice and exam preparation questions. If you better concentrate in a regular classroom than when on the other side of the screen, you’d better decide in favor of face-to-face learning.

It requires self-discipline and determination.

Although the thought that you can study from home is very comforting, you should still be aware it’s formal classes, so your setting and outlook have to correspond. For example, during your school examination via BAA Virtual, the software will monitor how focused you are, whether you turn your eyes from the screen for long, and if anybody is approaching you or moving in the background. In essence, you should treat the whole learning and examination process as a crucial milestone with no place for cheating or procrastinating. It might be a bit trickier to do so at home than in a designated classroom, but it all depends on your individual learning style and motivation.

What do students at BAA Training think of virtual training?

Our students who have done distance learning with us via zoom provide very positive feedback, regardless of the absence of a specially tailored digital tool back then.

“The virtual classes at BAA Training were a 10 out of 10 for me. The best thing about it was that I could continue working alongside virtual studies. The sessions were like 3-4 times per week, 4 hours per day, so I enjoyed it a lot. We were a small group of 5 people, and I felt very comfortable. There was a team spirit during the whole course, and I became a better team player. In my opinion, virtual pilot training is the future and the best way to combine your working life with your first steps in aviation,” Josef Ahmed, a student at BAA Training.

The other student, Davids Davis Geikins, thinks the following: “I think virtual learning has many advantages over classroom-based training, and it has even made me think about planning my further aviation training. It allows you to stay in the comfort of your own home, stay closer to your friends and family if that is the barrier that holds you. You can also work or study while doing your virtual training, which is very convenient. The financial aspect of the training is a massive benefit as well. In general, EASA market virtual training is more cost-effective in two main ways: the cost of the course is relatively lower, and you avoid spending on living in a different country/city for x amount of time.

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No matter if you decide to study in our academy or stay in your location and join classes virtually – rest assured you will be prepared appropriately for your Authority examination and the flight phase in Spain. The question is whether you want to “fit in the studies” with your day-to-day life or embark on the journey physically, meet your peers and take the chance to experience a new culture living in a foreign country.

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United Will Give Each Employee A $1,000 Bonus https://aviationvoice.com/united-will-give-each-employee-a-1000-bonus-202110141006/ Thu, 14 Oct 2021 07:06:22 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212686 Reading Time: < 1 minute United Airlines will give each employee a $1,000 bonus for their hard work over the last 18 months. All active employees will be awarded the highest honor at United – United 100. Usually, 100 employees who stand out get this award each year. Scott Kirby, CEO at United, said that the bonus represents a “thank […]

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United Airlines will give each employee a $1,000 bonus for their hard work over the last 18 months. All active employees will be awarded the highest honor at United – United 100. Usually, 100 employees who stand out get this award each year.

Scott Kirby, CEO at United, said that the bonus represents a “thank you” for the perseverance of employees during a difficult period. United will grant the $1,000 bonuses to its employees next month. With over 80,000 employees on the books, United is likely to be paying out over $80 million in bonuses.

The initiative was introduced in 2013 and gave employees special rewards to recognize their high performance. Past rewards include 100,000 MileagePlus miles and round-trip tickets anywhere on the airline’s network.

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Norway’s Flyr Intends to Lease Six Boeing 737 MAXs https://aviationvoice.com/norways-flyr-intends-to-lease-six-boeing-737-maxs-202110130937/ Wed, 13 Oct 2021 06:37:35 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212682 Reading Time: < 1 minute Norway’s Flyr has said it would lease six Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from Air Lease Corp, and deliveries are due to commence in early 2022. It also eyes an option to lease four more aircraft that would be delivered in 2023. The airline aims to decrease fuel expenses by using the plane and thus, also […]

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Norway’s Flyr has said it would lease six Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from Air Lease Corp, and deliveries are due to commence in early 2022. It also eyes an option to lease four more aircraft that would be delivered in 2023.

The airline aims to decrease fuel expenses by using the plane and thus, also reduce its carbon footprint.

“The decision to choose the latest generation of brand-new Boeing aircraft is in line with the authorities’ goal of a more sustainable development in aviation,” Flyr’s Chief Executive Officer Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid said in a statement.

“At the same time, we are happy to deliver on customers’ desire to fly the latest aircraft with the lowest emissions. The new aircraft type contributes on average with an emission saving of up to 14% compared to previous models.”

European regulators in January lifted here a 22-month ban on flights of the Boeing 737 MAX after a design and pilot training overhaul in the wake of crashes that killed 346 people earlier.

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Thailand to Reopen in Three Weeks for Fully Vaccinated Traveler https://aviationvoice.com/thailand-to-reopen-in-three-weeks-for-fully-vaccinated-traveler-202110121010/ Tue, 12 Oct 2021 07:10:16 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212678 Reading Time: < 1 minute Yesterday Thailand’s government confirmed that it would end the quarantine requirement for vaccinated visitors from 10 nations, including the UK, China, Germany and the US, from November 1st. “I know this decision comes with some risk. It is almost certain that we will see a temporary rise in serious cases as we relax these restrictions,” […]

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Yesterday Thailand’s government confirmed that it would end the quarantine requirement for vaccinated visitors from 10 nations, including the UK, China, Germany and the US, from November 1st.

“I know this decision comes with some risk. It is almost certain that we will see a temporary rise in serious cases as we relax these restrictions,” Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shared, as reported by Reuters.

“We will have to track the situation very carefully and see how to contain and live with that situation, because I do not think that the many millions who depend on the income generated by the travel, leisure and entertainment sector can possibly afford the devastating blow of a second lost new year holiday period.”

The red list now contains just seven countries, all of them in Central and South America. They are: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

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Vietnam Domestic Flights Have Been Resumed https://aviationvoice.com/vietnam-domestic-flights-have-been-resumed-202110110940/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 06:40:57 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212673 Reading Time: < 1 minute Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority has approved domestic services resumption on October 10. The flight ticket sales stopped at the end of August due to a tense Covid-19 situation in the country. According to ch-aviation, following consultation with 20 provinces and cities, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) on October 6 announced the first phase […]

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Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority has approved domestic services resumption on October 10. The flight ticket sales stopped at the end of August due to a tense Covid-19 situation in the country.

According to ch-aviation, following consultation with 20 provinces and cities, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) on October 6 announced the first phase starting on October 10 would see the re-opening of 10 routes with the following return frequencies awarded to carriers:

From Ho Chi Minh City:

  • to Thanh Hoa: 2x daily to Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, and Bamboo Airways, with daily flights to VietJetAir;
  • to Khanh Hoa Province: 4x daily to Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, and Bamboo Airways, with daily flights to Vietjet Air;
  • to Phu Yen Province: 4x daily to Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, and Bamboo Airways, with daily flights to Vietjet Air;
  • to Binh Dinh Province: 4 daily to Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, and Bamboo Airways, with daily flights to Vietjet Air;
  • to Phu Quoc island: 4 daily to Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, and Bamboo Airways, with daily flights to Vietjet Air;
  • to Thua Thien Hue Province: daily to Vietnam Airlines;
  • to Nghe An Province: 2x weekly to Vietnam Airlines.

From Thanh Hoa:

  • to Khanh Hoa Province: daily to Vietjet Air;
  • to Buon Ma Thuot city: daily to Vietnam Airlines;
  • to Phu Quoc island off the Cambodian coast: daily to Vietjet Air.

Up to 4x daily flights could be added on other routes upon additional approval from other local authorities.

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The UK Removes 87% of Countries from Red Travel List https://aviationvoice.com/the-uk-removes-87-of-countries-from-red-travel-list-202110081102/ Fri, 08 Oct 2021 08:02:42 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212669 Reading Time: < 1 minute Traveling to the UK from now on will be easier as the United Kingdom removes 87% of countries on its red travel list. For most of 2021, South Africa has been on the list of these countries. Currently, it will drop off the list along with Mexico, Brazil, and 44 other nations. The following countries […]

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Traveling to the UK from now on will be easier as the United Kingdom removes 87% of countries on its red travel list.

For most of 2021, South Africa has been on the list of these countries. Currently, it will drop off the list along with Mexico, Brazil, and 44 other nations. The following countries that will remain on the list:

  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

British Airways CEO Sean Doyle said: “It finally feels like we are seeing light at the end of a very long tunnel. Britain will benefit from this significant reduction in red list countries, and now it’s time to turn our attention to eradicating testing for fully vaccinated travellers.”

The UK government updates travel restrictions every three weeks, meaning the next update is expected on or around Thursday, 28 October.

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