Confident that the Philippine aviation industry will recover, and related manpower requirements will be a must, the First Aviation Academy Inc. (FAAi) has acquired all the training assets from the Philippine Air Lines Aviation School (PALAV). This includes nine (9) Cessna 172, and the Redbird Flight Training Simulator. Effective end of June, PALAV will discontinue training operations. This acquisition of equipment by FAAi positions it as one of the premiere flight schools in the country.

This move by FAAi is seen to benefit aspiring pilots and the industry, anticipating that time in the near future, when the airline industry will be normalizing its business and operations. The FAAi and PALAV training programs will merge, providing a superior pilot training experience for current and future students.

Shown at the contract signing (from left) are: FAAi Chief Operating Officer MGen. Restituto Padilla Jr., PAL President Gilbert Sta. Maria, and Alvin Limqueco, PAL SVP for administration.

On the part of the FAAi cadets, this results in an enhancement of their training programs, as the PALAV Cessna 172 fleet, will now complement the Tecnam P2010 and P2006 aircraft of FAAi. For aspiring pilots, the increase in fleet is great news, as FAAi can now accommodate more students; students who are set to be the future pilots of the global aviation industry.

Those presently enrolled at PALAV, transitioning to FAAi, can stay on track as they continue their training programs with the same fleet and flight instructors they were comfortable with at PALAV. So it’s a win-win situation for all the students.

The contract signing took place on June 21, 2021, at the MacroAsia Board Room, attended by PAL President Gilbert Sta. Maria and PAL’s SVP for Administration Alvin Limqueco; with FAAi’s COO MGen. Restituto Padilla, Jr., and Interim Accountable Manager Serge Sarno. Also present were Philippine Transmarine Holdings Officers and FAAi Board Members Gerardo Borromeo, Christina Manzano, and Jaime de Sequera. Others who joined virtually included MacroAsia’s Belgium Tandoc (VP Business Development), and MacroAsia Officers and FAAi Board Members Amador Sendin and Joseph Chua.

This is all about believing that the Philippine Aviation industry will rebound and enjoy future growth. Soar high, Philippines!

Source: Manila Bulletin (