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U.S. Ambassador Sung Yong Kim tries out a Redbird MCX full-motion flight simulator during the launch of the First Aviation Academy in the Subic Bay Freeport.

Company officials and guests inaugurate the First Aviation Academy at the Subic Bay International Airport complex on Thursday. From left: FAA Director Gerardo Borromeo, SBMA Chairman Wilma T. Eisma, PTC Chairman Emeritus Carlos Salinas, U.S. Ambassador Sung Yong Kim, Philippine Airlines President Jaime Bautista, MacroAsia Chairman Joseph Chua, and Transportation Asst. Secretary Juvy Manwong

First Aviation Academy officials pour champagne on a brand-new Tecnam P2010 plane during the launch of the First Aviation Academy in the Subic Bay Freeport on Thursday

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — MacroAsia Corp., a leader in aviation support services, and diversified maritime services operator PTC Group inaugurated here on Thursday the First Aviation Academy (FAA), a flying school that is touted to take the lead in developing world-class Filipino aviation professionals.

The P150-million aviation school located at the Subic Bay International Airport complex was formally inaugurated here by U.S. Ambassador Sung Yong Kim, Philippine Airlines President Jaime Bautista, PTC Chairman Emeritus Carlos Salinas, MacroAsia Chairman Joseph Chua, Transportation Asst. Secretary Juvy Manwong, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma.

Chairman Eisma welcomed the FAA project, saying it provides another anchor activity at the Subic airport, which the SBMA has been developing into an MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) hub for the Asian market.

FAA officials said the academy would make use of a comprehensive curriculum, experienced instructors, and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to produce “airline-ready aviation professionals primed for flight operations.”

According to FAA general manager Raoul Perez, student-pilots at FAA will be trained with state-of-the-art equipment like the Redbird MCX and TD2 G-1000 simulators, which are two of the most modern full-motion flight simulation systems in use today.

The school will also field a fleet of brand-new Tecnam P2010 planes with Garmin G-1000 full-glass cockpit electronic instrumentation for actual flight training, he said.

Two units of the Tecnam P2010 were unveiled here by the company during the inauguration. The firm also showed off its flight simulators to VIP guests after the blessing of offices and classrooms.

FAA sales manager Butch Reyes said that the combination of advanced equipment and experienced staff “will enable students to develop the skills set necessary to excel in international aviation.”

He said the academy’s intensive 12-month training program will integrate academic requirements for private pilot license (PPL), instrument rating (IR), multi-engine rating (MER), commercial pilot license (CPL), and airline transport pilot license (ATPL).

Meanwhile, top graduates of the flying school will also have the chance to become a flight instructor, thus gaining flying hours while honing instructor skills, Reyes added.

The first batch of student-pilots will start the course this April, company officials said. Over the course of their training, students will also be provided with board and lodging, which are covered by P4-million tuition fees.

The academy will also offer “easy financing options” for enrolees.

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