Bhanu Choudhrie Founded Alpha Aviation Group
Bhanu Choudhrie founded Alpha Aviation Group, which provides commercial airline pilot simulator training. This business is usually sluggish to adapt, but the epidemic is driving it to do faster. AAG is a pioneer in digital-first, simulator-based commercial pilot training.
Bhanu Choudhrie founded Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) in 2006 to find cheaper ways to train pilots for low-cost airlines. Because they lack the financial resources of big carriers, they must outsource most of their training. When industry regulators authorized MPL, AAG was one of the first training companies to provide it. MPL uses simulators more than conventional training, lowering necessary in-flight training from 230 to 70 hours.
To help budget airlines, AAG can train their pilots as they grow their planes. The faster curriculum also means pilots are trained in two years instead of five years. More simulator time also cuts training expenses. AAG’s training method increases new pilot safety. They start small to teach basic ideas and then go up to bigger planes to teach processes. On the other hand, AAG introduces pilots to passenger planes early in their training. This method works well as these aircraft get more complex.
AAG had to invest considerably in flying simulators to create a shortened MPL curriculum. The firm now has 11 simulators, the latest being an Airbus A320 2.0 in the Philippines. AAG has taught approximately 1700 pilots throughout Asia and many more in the UAE (UAE). AAG now has cadets from over 40 nations.
Traditional pilot training methods are based on programs formed shortly after WWII. Despite technological advances in planes, little progress has been made in this field in the past 80 years. Not just pilot training has been reluctant to adapt. Since COVID-19 was declared a worldwide pandemic in early 2020, the airline industry has progressed slowly. In analyzing the aviation industry’s long-term future, Bhanu Choudhrie has made several forecasts.
He also stated that the industry’s long-term prospects would need to be revised from pre-COVID-19 projections. Given the pandemic’s potential long-term impact on air travel, Choudhrie argues that Boeing’s estimated 500,000 pilots required by 2034 should be decreased.
The current commercial pilot demographics are biased towards older age groups, suggesting many will retire in the following years. But Bhanu Choudhrie doubts that Covid-19 would significantly reduce the demand for new pilots. He further notes that COVID-19 prediction modifications are required for all aviation businesses, including AAG.