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Press Conference of the groundbreaking of $50 million Philippine Academy for Aviation Training (PAAT) in Holiday Inn, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on January 24, 2012 with Clark Development Corporation President Felipe Antonio Remollo, Regional Business Leader of CAE Kevin Speed, Cebu Pacific President and CEO Lance Gokongwei, and Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deepak Obhrai. (Photo by Roel Lazaro PIA 3)
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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

PNoy leads aviation academy groundbreaking in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga Jan. 25 (PIA) -- President Benigno Aquino, III led the groundbreaking of the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training (PAAT) inside Clark Freeport.

In his speech, Aquino lauded budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air and Canadian firm CAE (formerly Canadian Aviation Electronics) for their joint venture, saying the investment “is a proof of confidence in the talent and potential of Filipinos not just in words, but in dollars and cents, to the tune of $40 to 50 million.”

The Chief Executive said that once the facility is completed, Filipinos will be given a chance to polish their flying skills and be recognized as one of the world’s best pilots.

“They will come here and stand shoulder to shoulder with students from all over the world, effectively cementing our position as a hub for aviation training in the Asia-Pacific Region,” Aquino added.

PAAT, which is scheduled to start operations by third quarter this year, will initially cater to Airbus A319/320/321 series pilot type-rating training requirements and provide “wet” instructor-led type-rating training for Cebu Pacific’s current and newly hired pilots.

Initial, recurrent, conversion and jet indoctrination training will be available to other local and foreign Airbus operators.

The state-of-the-art aviation school will be developed in consultation with CAE’s training facilities design team and will primarily be equipped with two Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulators (FFSs) with two more expected to be added in the next six years.

Apart from pilots, PAAT is also set to train other aviation workers such as cabin crew and ground handling personnel in the future. (WLB/CLJD-PIA 3)

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