Young Davaoenos hoping to pursue a career in aviation don’t have to literally fly to the country’s aviation hubs — Metro Manila and Clark — to become an airline pilot, flight attendant, avionics technician or flight mechanic.
Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology (AISAT) founded by Albert Y. Pingoy, is set to open its fifth campus in the country on May 23 in Davao City. Its premises is located at AISAT Building at the corner of Sta. Ana Avenue and Leon Garcia Street, Davao City.
Mr Pingoy’s venture into the city is supported by fellow investors Ricky Toehio, Myra Wee Toehio, and Jonathan Palma.
“It doesn’t mean that if it’s in Davao, the quality of education is poor. It can be here so that students from Mindanao don’t have to go to Manila. We can offer here education and training which are at par if not even higher than their quality,” he said.
Pingoy said they established their first aviation school in Mindanao since Davao is the premiere city in the southern part of the country and a hub to surrounding provinces.
According to Kunal Sharma of the Alpha Aviation Group, there is an increasing demand for pilots, with about 183,200 needed over the next 20 years.
Mr Pingoy bared that just one plane would need 90 to 120 employees, excluding personnel for booking, accounting, marketing, food catering, janitorial and human resource needs. Unbeknownst to most people, aviation is manpower-intensive, he added.
“It is really a sunrise industry,” he said. “Come to think of it, Malaysia and Indonesia are acquiring 200 to 300 aircraft in one buying binge, as if they’re just purchasing taxi cabs.”
Jonathan Palma, who owns the Asian College of Aeronautics in Iloilo, Bacolod, Manila and Clark, shared his company’s expertise in aviation education to the AISAT, and the Acatech offers its manpower support services to major international airports in the country.
To be formally launched this month, the AISAT eyes 200 students for the first batch, although the school building can accommodate up to 1,200 students in its air-conditioned classrooms.
It has a one-is-to-one ratio of tools and students so the trainings and lectures will be intensive and more focused, with highly advanced equipment that the industry is currently utilizing.
“We are ready to accommodate up to 1,200 students,” Pingoy said, adding that he saw the need for more graduates inclined to aeronautics with the acquisition of new aircrafts by many airline companies worldwide.
Other AISAT schools are located in Bacolod, Iloilo, Clark and Manila.