Taking aviation training to new heights

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Asia Pacific Flight Training (APFT), Malaysia’s leading training centers for cadet pilots, is expanding its services to provide its students with a wider range of career opportunities. GCC airlines could be potential partners for subsequent type trainings.

Interviewee: Dato’ Faruk Othman, APFT Executive Chairman

Q: In what ways can APFT’s aviation courses best be enhanced to nurture innovative and entrepreneurial batches of students?

A: APFT have already enhanced the pilot training course to be a Diploma in Aviation course. This gives the students opportunities to continue with alternatives to being a pilot, such as continuing with a degree course of their choice, or embarking on other businesses.

Q: The GCC’s aviation industry is expanding rapidly, and this can be seen as a starting point for your students as it is teeming with opportunities. Coincidentally, it matches with your goal to produce top-tier pilots who are well equipped with the necessary skills in the field. What are your opinions on offering them the chance to carry out their industrial training abroad?

A: When graduated, our cadets are licensed to be able to join any airlines for further type training and employment. We are recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, or ICAO, by virtue that Malaysia is a member of the organization. We have been training cadets from Indonesia, Nepal, and Saudi Arabia, and they have returned home for their type rating training. Our own cadets have also joined Indonesian airlines for further training and employment. If any airlines abroad are willing to give the opportunity to our cadets to join their company and provide the type training, I would definitely welcome the opportunity and encourage the students to take the offer.

Q: How can the current courses be improved to ensure that they meet the demands of the aviation sector?

A: Our current course is an approved course following the Joint Aviation Authority Training Organisation of Europe and is recognised internationally. What we require would be to create awareness of what we can offer to airlines and students.

Q: What is your opinion on jointly-run flight training with other academies abroad to provide your students with a greater learning experience?

A: We have already started a joint venture company to run a flight school in India to cater to training of pilots in India. We are also in discussions with Indonesian parties to start up a school in Indonesia. The reason to have a school in a country overseas would be to meet the market demand in that particular country, as it will not be viable if there are not enough students to cater to and cover the overhead costs.

Q: What new or improved facilities does APFT have planned for 2012, and how will this impact the training courses for your students?

A: We are working on the new method of training, the MPL or Multi Pilot License training, which has been recommended by ICAO. This form of training has to be in collaboration with airlines. Also in 2012, we are starting new programmes for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. This is considered as an expansion of the company and will give students a wider range of choice for a career in aviation.

Q: How do you plan to take APFT to greater heights in the coming years? What are your strategies and initiatives to boost the quality of your services?

A: APFT have subsidiaries in maintenance, services and engineering training apart from the pilot training. We will be focusing on these areas to boost the growth of APFT. There is a huge market worldwide for engineering training as the expansion of airlines with newly ordered planes will require the manpower to maintain them.

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Asia Pacific Flight Training (APFT), Malaysia’s leading training centers for cadet pilots, is expanding its services to provide its students with a wider range of career opportunities. GCC airlines could be potential partners for subsequent type trainings.

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Asia Pacific Flight Training (APFT), Malaysia’s leading training centers for cadet pilots, is expanding its services to provide its students with a wider range of career opportunities. GCC airlines could be potential partners for subsequent type trainings.

Interviewee: Dato’ Faruk Othman, APFT Executive Chairman

Q: In what ways can APFT’s aviation courses best be enhanced to nurture innovative and entrepreneurial batches of students?

A: APFT have already enhanced the pilot training course to be a Diploma in Aviation course. This gives the students opportunities to continue with alternatives to being a pilot, such as continuing with a degree course of their choice, or embarking on other businesses.

Q: The GCC’s aviation industry is expanding rapidly, and this can be seen as a starting point for your students as it is teeming with opportunities. Coincidentally, it matches with your goal to produce top-tier pilots who are well equipped with the necessary skills in the field. What are your opinions on offering them the chance to carry out their industrial training abroad?

A: When graduated, our cadets are licensed to be able to join any airlines for further type training and employment. We are recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, or ICAO, by virtue that Malaysia is a member of the organization. We have been training cadets from Indonesia, Nepal, and Saudi Arabia, and they have returned home for their type rating training. Our own cadets have also joined Indonesian airlines for further training and employment. If any airlines abroad are willing to give the opportunity to our cadets to join their company and provide the type training, I would definitely welcome the opportunity and encourage the students to take the offer.

Q: How can the current courses be improved to ensure that they meet the demands of the aviation sector?

A: Our current course is an approved course following the Joint Aviation Authority Training Organisation of Europe and is recognised internationally. What we require would be to create awareness of what we can offer to airlines and students.

Q: What is your opinion on jointly-run flight training with other academies abroad to provide your students with a greater learning experience?

A: We have already started a joint venture company to run a flight school in India to cater to training of pilots in India. We are also in discussions with Indonesian parties to start up a school in Indonesia. The reason to have a school in a country overseas would be to meet the market demand in that particular country, as it will not be viable if there are not enough students to cater to and cover the overhead costs.

Q: What new or improved facilities does APFT have planned for 2012, and how will this impact the training courses for your students?

A: We are working on the new method of training, the MPL or Multi Pilot License training, which has been recommended by ICAO. This form of training has to be in collaboration with airlines. Also in 2012, we are starting new programmes for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. This is considered as an expansion of the company and will give students a wider range of choice for a career in aviation.

Q: How do you plan to take APFT to greater heights in the coming years? What are your strategies and initiatives to boost the quality of your services?

A: APFT have subsidiaries in maintenance, services and engineering training apart from the pilot training. We will be focusing on these areas to boost the growth of APFT. There is a huge market worldwide for engineering training as the expansion of airlines with newly ordered planes will require the manpower to maintain them.

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