Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ST Aerospace expands operations

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Sept 27, 2011

ST Aerospace’s commercial pilot training arm, ST Aerospace Academy is investing $ 15million  over six months to expand its operations to better meet the increasing demand for its programs.

As part of capacity expansion, STAA recently added a new facility at the perimeter of Ballarat Airport in Australia.  It comprises 1,300sqm of administrative space and 7,700sqm of classroom facilities.  It is also developing a new Flight Operations Center at Ballarat Airport, which is expected to be ready by end 2011.  

The FOC will feature an aircraft apron that can accommodate a fleet of up to 40 aircraft.  STAA’s current facility is about 200m from the new location and can accommodate up to 20 aircraft.
In line with its plan to establish a simulator centre in Singapore, STAA has acquired an Airbus A320 flight simulator, which will be delivered in July 2012.  Upon delivery, it will be housed in the centre currently being developed at Seletar Aerospace Park, with other facilities for classrooms, briefing rooms, instructor rooms and corporate offices.

To enhance training delivery, STAA acquired an all-glass cockpit fleet comprising 12 single-engine Cessna 172S and four new multi engine Piper PA44 Seminole aircraft.  The new aircraft fleet features an all-glass cockpit, which is similar to that found in the airliners operated by commercial airlines.  This enables cadet pilots to get fully accustomed to an all-glass environment and better prepares them for their future roles in the cockpits of modern commercial aircraft.

STAA, in partnership with Tiger Airways and with support from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, has also developed and completed Singapore’s first Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) program.  The MPL program utilises the latest teaching methodologies and simulation technologies and trains the student in a multi-crew cooperation environment from much earlier in the training than in traditional pilot training programs.  

Boeing has projected that the world's airlines will need an additional 460,000 pilots over the next 20 years.  The biggest demand is expected in the Asia Pacific region, with a requirement for 183,200 pilots.  

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