Asia Pacific Flight Training Expands Wings To Indonesia
February 26, 2013 18:55 PM
By Siti Nursuraya Ali
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- Asia Pacific Flight Training Sdn Bhd (APFT) today expanded its wings to Indonesia by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with P.T. Transnusa Aviation Mandiri (Transnusa).
The MoU is to form a joint venture to set up the first Malaysian Flight Academy in Indonesia, P.T Transasia Pacific Aviation Training (TAPAT).
APFT was represented by its Executive Chairman, Datuk Faruk Othman while Transnusa was represented by its President Director, Juvenile Jodjana.
Speaking to reporters after the signing ceremony at Sime Darby Convention Center here, Faruk said to date, APFT has trained 800 pilots at its four aviation schools in Malaysia.
"We have also signed an MoU with GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), India in January 2010 that was witnessed by our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak towards setting up a flight training organisation in Hyderabad," he said.
Meanwhile, Juvenille said Indonesia was currently producing 300 trained pilots while the country needed at least 800 pilots per year.
"The MoU signed today will enable TAPAT to train at least 200 highly skilled new pilots annually and we may need as many as three schools to fully meet the demands of pilots in Indonesia," he said.
According to Juvenille, with over 17,000 islands in Indonesia, and the steady economic growth in Indonesia, domestic travel has increased as much as 17 per cent in the last three years.
"With the economy showing healthy improvements, more people are travelling both domestically and internationally thus, increasing the numbers of flights taking for instance Kuala Lumpur - Jakarta flight which started with only five flights now has become 15 flights per day," he said.
With the MoU signed, APFT will provide the expertise, syllabus and aircraft for TAPAT that is expected to be built in the Java Island. The school is awaiting approval for construction to begin but the Dictorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of Indonesia has recognised APFT.