MANILA – Cebu Pacific Air rolled out the $50-million Philippine Academy for Aviation Training, a Clarkfield-based institution that is seen to train over 2,500 airline pilots and other aviation professionals each year, a press release said.
“We are proud to be part of the establishment of the first CAE aviation training center in the country. We look forward to making the Philippines’ vibrant aviation industry become the hub for highly-skilled, highly competent aviation professionals,” CEB President and CEO Lance Gokongwei, said.
The joint venture to be known as the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training, Inc. led by CAE, world leader in aviation training, is expected to start operations in the third quarter of 2012, the press release said.
This will have the capacity to train over 2,500 pilots annually, as well as other aviation professionals for CEB and third-party airlines in the region, it added. The groundbreaking was attended by President Benigno Aquino III, Canada's Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deepak Obhrai, Philippine government officials, and representatives of CEB and CAE.
We are delighted to collaborate with CAE to bring a world-class training facility to the region, Gokongwei said.
This training center will be pivotal to meeting the training requirements not only of Cebu Pacific, but also the region’s pilot and flight training requirements in the next 10 years or so, he added.
“CAE is very pleased to partner with CEB to serve their expanding training needs,” Jeff Roberts, CAE’s Group President of Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services, said.
The new training center will be a one-stop training facility for CEB and a hub for training services for other airlines. We are confident the training provided will enhance aviation safety and operational efficiency in the region, Roberts also said in the press release.*