Alpha Aviation Academy UAE (AAA) has formally celebrated its 10th anniversary with a ceremony at its base in Sharjah, UAE.

Since receiving its first batch ten years ago, AAA has trained over 600 cadets via the MPL course, with most graduates securing a position as an Airbus A320 Second Officer.

One of the academy’s key focuses since its founding has been diversity: the 330 graduates from 51 batches to date are from over 67 different countries.

With just 3 percent of the world’s commercial pilots being female, equal focus has been placed on empowering women to become pilots. Currently 20 female cadets are training with Alpha, with a further 28 having previously graduated.

Furthermore, in a move to encourage current professionals to undertake pilot training, AAA has recently extended the upper age limit on cadets training for the MPL licence from 33 years of age to 35. Professionals who have gone on to train at AAA include former doctors and lawyers.

In recent months AAA has also started a programme of international expansion, securing partnerships with Airways Aviation (Australia), Etihad Airways (UAE), and sister group Alpha Aviation Group (Philippines) for the delivery of the Core Flying Skills components of AAA’s pilot training programme.

AAA’s latest diversity drive to attract as many cadets as possible comes both during the UAE Year of Tolerance and as it is predicted a further 635,000 commercial pilots will be required to meet industry demand by 2037.

The 10th anniversary ceremony at AAA, which took place on Monday 15 April, was attended by over 150 guests including guests of honour Bhanu Choudhrie – shareholder and director of Alpha Aviation Group (AAG); Sultan Al Zara – director of Licensing Department at General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA); Guest Speaker Captain Dieter Harms – the “Father of MPL”; Air Arabia Group; Alpha Aviation Group Philippines; Airways Aviation; Cozmo Travel; and AAA cadets and graduates.

The event saw keynote speeches and an awards ceremony highlighting the achievements of AAA employees, associates, cadets, graduates and future AAA ambassadors.