Regional Express (Rex) has finalised with ST Engineering the acquisition of its subsidiary Aviation Training Academy Australia Pty Ltd which owns ST Aerospace Academy (Australia) Pty Ltd (STAA(A)).
STAA(A) pilot academy was founded over 10 years ago to provide airline cadet pilot training for global carriers. STAA(A) has over 140 cadets currently under training.
It has accreditations with the Civil Aviation Safety Authorities of Australia (CASA), China (CAAC) and Singapore (CAAS).
Some of STAA(A)’s current customers include Air China, Xiamen Airlines, Hainan Airlines and OK Airlines. It has also signed up Scoot for the flight training component of its MPL programme.
Chris Hine, Executive Chairman of Regional Express 's Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA), said that STAA(A)'s reputation had led to the Chinese authorities according it one of the largest annual training billets for a foreign academy.
Hine added that they were looking at opening further satellite bases in Australia to meet demand.
"We have already identified one location and will consider more as we expand,” he said.