Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) has formally opened its new $11 million Simulator Training Centre Expansion Project at the AAG academy in the Philippines.

The new centre, which forms part of AAG’s wider ongoing expansion project, will house four additional simulator bays, and includes a new Airbus A320 Version 2.0 Full Flight Simulator (FFS). The acquisition of the A320 simulator means the number of simulators operated by AAG rises to six – the most of any pilot training provider in the country.

Bhanu Choudhrie, Founder of Alpha Aviation Group, inside the A320 2.0 Full Flight Simulator.

Fully ready for training, the FFS comes with full Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) capability, and with both A320 New Engine Option (NEO) and Current Engine Option (CEO) capability.

The inauguration of the new facilities saw dignitaries gather for the launch event at AAG in Clark, including Bhanu Choudhrie, founder of Alpha Aviation, and Raul Del Rosario, Philippines Department of Transportation undersecretary.

Currently over 300 cadets around the world study at AAG, for whom the new facilities will be a huge benefit. The new simulator will also enable AAG to increase efforts to tackle gender equality in the commercial aviation industry. Currently, it is estimated just 3 percent of the world’s pilots are women, whilst on average 20 percent of AAG’s students are female.

Following the launch of the Simulator Training Centre, AAG will also later this year be accelerating the construction of the group’s new International Training Centre for Aviation Training (AICAT). AICAT is a second training site in the north of the country, which will include a hangar to accommodate new Cessna aircraft, offices, operations rooms, classrooms and dormitories.

Boeing’s latest Pilot Outlook predicts that the global aviation industry will require 804,000 more pilots by 2038, with the largest proportion of those – 266,000 – required across Asia-Pacific.