HM Aerospace Pilot Training School

HM Aerospace explored and explained

HM Aerospace or HMA is another respected and well established pilot flying academy in Malaysia. It is also one of the largest aviation centers in the country at the moment.

Its long and successful operation has allowed HM Aerospace to be induced as one of the founding members of the CAE Global Academy, joined together by other established schools including Aeronautical Academy of Europe (Portugal), Hub’ Air Aviation Academy (Belgium), Moncton Flight College (Canada) and SAA Flight Training (California, United States).

The flying schools in the CAE Global Academy ring provides advanced simulation, modeling technologies and integrated training for the aviation industry and defense forces across the globe.

Located in Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, HM Aerospace has the capacity to train at least 200 cadet pilots on yearly basis. Experienced teaching staff and qualified professional instructors specially brought from different continents of the world, including Europe, Middle East and Asia itself await the aspiring pilots. Many of the instructors have acquired more than 20 years of experience in the airline and aviation industry.

Flying courses offered by HM Aerospace range from the Private Pilot License (PPL) up to the Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). Some of the most popular courses are:

  • Private Pilot License (PPL)
  • Assistant Flight Instructor Course (AFI)
  • Airline Transport Pilot License Course (ATPL)
  • Commercial Pilot License/Instrument Rating (Aeroplane) with ATPL

Depending on the type of course you enroll, the time taken for completion of the training can take up to 65 weeks. The fee for each course also differs from others.

Each course offered is on full time basis, and is packaged together with facilities that include accommodation, catered meals, aircraft simulator room, laundrette and sports facilities. The rooms offered are on twin-sharing basis, fully furnished, and air conditioned.

As a general pre-requisite, students from Malaysia wishing to enter the flying school needs to be at least 17 years old, completed SPM and obtained 5 credits, inclusive of English, Mathematics and a science subject. Foreign students, on the other hand, need to pass their GCE “O” Level (or equivalent), and passed their English, Mathematics, Science and 2 other subjects.

MAS Runs Turboprop Flight Training

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) recently started operating Malaysia’s first flight training school for turboprop planes based in Subang airport for its pilots, as well as other commercial aircraft operators.

The training center is a collaboration between MAS and ATR, which is a turboprop aircraft manufacturer based in France. It is ATR’s second training center in South East Asia, after Bangkok, Thailand. Their operation began last month in June 2008.

The center, which has a US$10 million Full Flight Simulator (FFS) made and imported from Canada, can accommodate the training need for over 60 pilots who fly Firefly and MASwings aircrafts.

Turboprop planes are aircraft that used a type of gas turbine engine, where most of the engine’s output power is utilized to drive a propeller. Firefly, MASwings and Berjaya Air use turboprop planes in their business operation.

The move will also help to reduce the cost of sending their pilots for overseas training, as well as capable to train more local and foreign pilots. Further, the growth of the ATR’s training center in Bangkok is reaching saturation at the moment and Malaysia is seemed as the next best destination to set up its flight training center.

Al-Aqeelah to Set Up Flying Academy in Malaysia

Al-Aqeelah, a Kuwait based corporation, plans to set up a flying academy in Malaysia, investing a massive US100 million for the project.

The aviation academy will conduct various range of licensing courses for private, commercial and transporting pilots.

The Al-Aqeelah group has major businesses in aviation, real estate, industrial, fund management, oil and gas services, finance and investment. Apart from the flying school, it will also be starting an Islamic bank in the country, which will commence operation in January 2009.

Apart from being a center of flying and aviation, the company will also be establishing aircraft conversion center, as well as repair and overhaul facilities. The completion of the academy will see more local and international pilots to be trained and produced.

Some of the aviation firms in Australia and Japan have expressed their keenness to outsource their training to new the flying academy, which will be able to accommodate up to 4,00 pilots once completed.

Presently, there is a shortage of over 10,000 pilots worldwide, annually.

Three locations have been identified as the possible sites for the academy, which are Batu Berendam (Melaka), Kuantan (Pahang) and Senai (Johor). Batu Berendam is also home to one of the country’s most established flying schools, the Malaysia Flying Academy (MFA).