ST Aerospace’s commercial pilot training arm, ST Aerospace Academy (STAA) has been awarded a five-year pilot training contract by Tiger Airways. Commencing in 2012, STAA is expected to train more than 100 pilots for Tiger Airways. Under the agreement, STAA will conduct ab-initio and advanced pilot training programmes. The ab-initio programme will be delivered under either Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) or Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) syllabi, followed by specific training on the A320 aircraft and eventual employment as A320 Type Rated First Officers.
STAA will also undertake the marketing for recruitment and assessment of cadets on behalf of Tiger Airways and customisation of training content for Tiger Airways’ operations.
Stewart Adams, Managing Director of Tiger Airways said, “Tiger Airways is pleased to be partnering STAA again. STAA successfully pioneered Singapore’s MPL programme and the programme’s pilots are now flying with us as First Officers. We are very happy with the quality of pilots trained by STAA and we trust that STAA will continue to deliver the pool of professional pilots that we need to meet our operational requirements. We believe this is only the start of a long-term relationship.”
STAA, in partnership with Tiger Airways and with support from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, pioneered Singapore’s Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) programme, which trains the student in a multi-crew cooperation environment.
Established since 2007, STAA operates out of Seletar Airport in Singapore and Ballarat Airport in Victoria, Australia. Customers include both private individuals, as well as airlines such as Hainan Airlines, JuneYao Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, ShunFeng Airlines and Tiger Airways.
This news follows Boeing’s projection 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.