When Mr. Bhanu Choudhrie founded Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) 13 years ago, he hoped that it would become a world-class flight school. Today after graduating 900 pilots from over 40 different countries, AAG is recognized as the finest aviator training academy in the Philippines.
Visiting AAG’s campus in Pampanga province, 50 miles north of Manila, you will find an active batch of cadet pilots. The cadet corps has access to top-notch instruction as well as state of the art equipment. That includes a brand-new A320 flight simulator. Bhanu Choudhrie has little doubt the new simulator is worth the $11 million investment.
One thing is certain, it will be put to good use as enrollment ramps up to keep pace with ever-increasing demand for new pilots. Boeing estimates that the demand for more pilots will result in slots for 200,000 new commercial aviators in Asia by 2038.
The developing pilot shortage has led many commercial carriers throughout Asia to start their own academies. Others have made arrangements with AAG for the training of their new pilots. AAG has worked with the biggest names among airlines flying in the Philippines, such as Philippine Airways, Cebu Air, and PAL Express among others.
The pilot shortage is getting worse, according to Bhanu Choudhrie, because of the exclusive gender notions many people have about the profession. For instance, in the Philippines, aviation is considered men’s work. As a matter of fact, worldwide 97% of all pilots are men. Bhanu Choudhrie authoritatively declares that the future of aviation will demand that women have a seat in the cockpit. There just are not enough men to supply the number of pilots needed by the airlines.
Consistent with Mr. Choudhrie’s view, the cadet corps at AAG is 20% female. He attributes that to the efforts made by the school at recruiting women.
Female pilots representing AAG visit universities around the Philippines where they give presentations. During these interactions many of the misconceptions regarding gender and aviation are dispelled from the minds of viable candidates.
Now that AAG has become the preeminent flight school in the Philippines, the work has begun to make it number one throughout Asia. Want to learn more about Bhanu Choudhrie, visit at https://www.crunchbase.com/person/bhanu-choudhrie