Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Aviation industry offers many job opportunities: CM

BINTULU: The aviation industry offers remarkable job opportunities, particularly for those who want to be pilots, Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said yesterday.He said the job opportunities would increase due to the demand by the global community for quality aviation services.

The recovery of the global economy would trigger vast demand for the people all over the world to fly and this would create new routes which then increased the need to have more aircraft, Taib said.

“Airbus Global Market Forecast, for example, is expecting to deliver 25,000 aeroplanes within the 20 years to come and this new aircraft of course will need more pilots.

“One commercial jet needs 16 pilots thus around 400,000 pilots are needed to cater to all the available aircraft,” Taib said in his speech when officiating at the first graduation ceremony of Gulf Golden International Flying Academy (GGIFA) here.

His text of speech was delivered by Housing Minister Datuk Amar Johari Tun Openg.

According to Taib, with the clear recovery of global economy from the recent recession, more people are going to start making money and become rich.

“They will be able to purchase mini aircraft for their personal means of transportation, and this will also demand more pilots to fly their aircraft,” he said.

Taib quoted an International Air Transport Association (IATA) article published in The Wall Street Journal Asia in April last year as saying that some 19,000

new pilots needed to be trained every year until 2026 to cater to the needs of the growing aviation industry.

“Currently, the training institutions all over the world have just managed to produce about 16,000 pilots a year,” he said, adding that this was far lower than the actual demand for pilots.

He added that IATA had said in a statement that the number of aircraft worldwide was expected to reach 17,000 by 2020, and if the matter prolonged without firm solution to increase the number of pilots, the global aviation industry would suffer a shortage of about 42,000 pilots.

He said the scenarios showed that the aviation industry provided good opportunities to those who want to become pilots.

However, he advised the cadet pilots to equip themselves with sufficient knowledge so that they would be competitive to grab the opportunities and become quality pilots that all companies were eager to employ.

The cadet pilots should not just excel in academic solely, but also spiritually and have good personality and attitude to give confidence to employers that they were the ones that the companies should employ, the chief minister said.

He said for the parents, sending their children to an aviation college was a big investment, thus new cadet pilots should not take their training lightly.

Taib also said in the modern economic trend nowadays, businessmen could not depend solely on domestic market and if they wished to achieve greater height, they must go global.

“Initiatives have to be taken on how to explore the international market and to have more sustainable and vast market.

“Effort to be made by GGIFA to expand its operation to India and Saudi Arabia is brilliant and brave,” he said, believing that as the first aviation college in Sarawak, GGIFA had a good future and it was timely for Bintulu, in particular, to have its own aviation industry.

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