APFT In Talks With MAS To Enhance Flight Training Methods
June 16, 2011 16:07 PM
By Dalila Abu Bakar
KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 (Bernama) -- Flight education and training service provider APFT Bhd is in discussion with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) on methods to enhance flight training for the airline's cadet pilots.
"We are talking on specific areas which include methods of training as well as other areas," APFT Executive Chairman Datuk Faruk Othman told Bernama in an interview Thursday.
The details are expected to be revealed soon.
"MAS has been supporting us since the company was set up. Our first two batches comprising 32 cadet pilots in 2006 were from MAS. Every year, we have at least three batches or 40 cadet pilots from MAS," Faruk said.
From AirAsia, 10 cadet pilots had completed the course while another 10 were still undergoing training, he added.
APFT offers Diploma in Aviation (Pilot Training) course combining the licence flight training course with the approved diploma subjects. Its courses are accredited by the Department of Civil Aviation and internationally recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
APFT has been selected by MAS and other major airlines as an approved organisation for flight training of their cadet pilots.
APFT's flight training academy is located at the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Baharu. The company has two of the latest flight training simulators.
For the training of cadets, it operates out of three commercial airports, namely Kota Baharu, Kuala Terengganu and Subang.
On APFT's proposed expansion in the Asian region, Faruk said the company was in preliminary talks a major airline in Myanmar to set up a flight training academy in the country.
"It will take some time to get a licence. Many of our cadets and instructors are from Myanmar," he said.
There was also a plan to set up a flying school in Indonesia in the future, he said, adding that APFT's flight training certificates were recognised by the Directorate-General of Department of Civil Aviation (DG DCA) Indonesia.
Since 2010, about 50 APFT cadet pilots have been working in various airlines in Indonesia.
"We've signed an agreement with DG DCA Indonesia in 2009 where we will conduct training for Indonesian cadets.
"A lot of our cadet pilots are now working with Merpati, Sriwijaya Air and Wings Air in Indonesia. Wings Air currently took 10 of our cadet pilots and they have promised us to take more," Faruk said.
In India, APFT has inked an agreement with GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd to set up a flying school in Hyderabad and expects to obtain the licence from the authority there in the second half of 2011.
"GMR will provide the infrastructure and we will provide the aircraft and the instructors.
"Initially, we will bring two aircraft and five instructors as we are looking at between 20 and 40 cadets. We hope the number of cadets will grow to 100 in the first year and we will then increase the number of aircraft to six," he added.
Faruk also said APFT had been arranging job interviews with MAS, AirAsia and other airlines for its graduates.