Bhanu Choudhrie is a successful businessman. His company Alpha Aviation Group (AAG), trains pilots using simulation. While the aviation sector is known for resisting change, the onset of the pandemic has forced the industry to adapt.
In the aviation industry, AAG is a pioneer in innovation. Its simulation-based method of training pilots is the first of its kind. The company was established in 2006 when Bhanu Choudhrie looked for pilot-training ways for budget airlines that were economical and still effective.
At the time, many airlines were looking for a means to train their pilots, but they were limited by the financial resources available. Therefore, they had to outsource most of the training. Alpha Aviation Group capitalized on the market opportunity and was among the initial companies approved to provide Multi-Pilot Licensing (MPL).
MPL had various advantages over traditional training. Its in-flight training took 70 hours, significantly reducing the 230 hours required in conventional training. This reduced in-flight training time allowed budget airlines to train their pilots while still boosting fleet size.
The quicker course also ensured that pilots could be trained in just two years, better than the standard program that took over five years. The simulation also cut the training costs by a significant percentage. Choudhrie hopes to extend the training program to more remote locations.
The changes in the aviation industry are very welcome. Apart from airplane technology, there has been little to no advancement to the created programs post-World War II. Bhanu Choudhrie is nonetheless happy with the airlines’ response to the pandemic. He praised their actions as important in limiting the spread of the dangerous COVID-19.
However, he is not happy with the government’s response, especially in helping major airlines deal with the pandemic. Bhanu Choudhrie says that while bigger firms like KLM and Air France have gotten financial boosts, smaller companies have had no help.