Watch: UAE aviation academies take on challenge to graduate new pilots and cabin crew
Dubai: A construction giant that takes a role – even indirectly – in aviation? This is the path taken by Khansaheb, based in Dubai, for two years now with its training academy for personnel in the aviation industry.
Khansaheb-backed Dynamic Advanced Training was launched in June 2020, barely a month after Covid crippled the aviation industry. Airlines had to ground the majority of their fleets and soon after began laying off thousands of pilots and cabin crew.
Fast forward to August 2022, and the sector faces its worst staff shortage in history, with demand for air travel returning to 70% of pre-pandemic levels. Aviation academies work at high speed to train pilots and crew.
According to industry rumors, some airlines even teach prospective flight attendants using PowerPoint slides. In this context, Dynamic Advanced Training, which focuses on aviation safety, offers a “hands-on” training environment made up of advanced simulators capable of reproducing a multitude of scenarios, such as turbulence and even a crash.
“The idea kind of evolved in 2013,” said Mark Kammer, co-founder of Dynamic Advanced Training. “We have seen a gap in the market for a specific type of reality-based training that we want – and provide –.
“It took some time to research and see how we could improve upon conventional training (and that involved) moving away from PowerPoint presentations and into a more hands-on hands-on training environment that is fun, evokes emotions and, ultimately, leads to better knowledge retention.
Dynamic trains candidates on different types of aircraft like the Airbus A320 family, the A350 and the Boeing 737, among others. “A former airline-owned training center will only be able to train on the types of aircraft they have in their fleet,” Krammer said. “On the business aviation side, we can train on Bombardier’s GulfStream and Global aircraft – it’s a one-stop shop.
Dynamic’s customer base has grown to 50 and consists of nearly every private aviation company in the region. “While commercial aviation came to a halt, business aviation continued, and that’s why we’ve been able to grow our customer base for aviation safety emergency procedures training. business,” Krammer said.
When commercial air traffic returns to 2019 levels, there will be even more demand for training, Krammer said. “We had about five weeks of solid training just now – flight safety training is also done on a recurring basis.”
The understaffing seen across the industry can in part be blamed on the time it takes to train new candidates. It takes two years to accumulate the 1,500 flight hours required to become an airline pilot. Cabin crew needs two to three months.
“This effect will most likely continue in its current form in the short term and that’s because for people to work in aviation again, it requires some training,” said Maximilian Buerger, who runs a training platform. pilots.
“The implementation of simulators is expensive and only certain countries invest in the construction of these infrastructures. “The UAE has invested heavily in this space and now the training centers here are seeing pilots and cabin crew from all over the world.”
Attract more talent
There is also another issue that could affect the industry for years to come – and that is getting young adults and children interested in aviation again. “If someone is considering joining aviation, they think, ‘What if there is another pandemic? Will I lose my job? Burger said. “Unfortunately, a lot of people couldn’t wait two years to get their jobs back and moved on to other industries.”
Industry body IATA (International Air Transport Association) said in a 2020 report that the pandemic could threaten the jobs of 46 million people. Shortly after the outbreak, major airlines laid off 30-40% of their staff and announced deep pay cuts – some of them have continued the pay cut even to this day.
Despite the negative perception centered on the future of aviation, it’s still the place to be, Buerger argues. U.S. airlines are offering pilots double or triple their normal fare as the world’s largest domestic market grapples with a severe staffing shortage, Buerger said, adding that some carriers have picked up the cost of flight training for aspiring pilots and even offered them a monthly salary.
Aviation is once again finding a place in pop culture, thanks to films such as Top Gun: Maverick. “More aviation and flight films will help promote the industry to young people,” Buerger said.
US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has estimated that 602,000 new pilots, 610,000 new maintenance technicians and 899,000 new cabin crew members will be needed to fly and service the world’s commercial aviation fleet over the next 20 years.
“This outlook assumes continued investment in an uninterrupted pipeline of qualified personnel to replace those who reached retirement age or opted for voluntary early retirement during the pandemic,” Boeing said in the report.
“Returning furloughed staff during the pandemic will only provide limited relief as many have already left the industry.”