The last two to three years have been very challenging for the aviation industry. There was a slowdown in the recruitment of personnel especially the pilots resulting in many cadets graduating without a job to go to. However we believe that the worst is over and there has been indication that recruitment of pilots has started.
On the 13 January 2014, Malaysia Airlines personnel came to APFT to give a briefing on the airlines requirements and the criteria in selection of pilots. Arrangements were made for the APFT graduates who have not obtained employment yet to attend this briefing, apart from the current students who will be graduating soon.
Graduates were guided on the application process and those who brought their resume with them submitted their applications. MAS will be arranging to put them through the selection process.
The following MAS personnel were present at the briefing:
Capt. Nasaruddin Bakar (Senior Instructor Pilot B737), Capt. Wan Muzairul Wan Mahazir (Assistant Fleet Manager B737), En. Kamal Azran Adam (Senior Vice President Human Resource), En. Abd Mohsin Abd Aziz (Flight Operation Manager - Flight Crew Training).
A total of 150 cadets attended the briefing. Capt. Nasaruddin presented the career opportunities for pilots in Malaysia Airlines. He emphasized on the different stages in the recruitment procedures and the criteria for selection for a MAS pilot. Capt. Wan Muzairul gave a comprehensive description of MAS fleet.
En. Kamal Azran talked about the current and future pilot requirements in MAS. He also elaborated on the demand for pilots in the aviation industry especially in the Asia Pacific region, and specifically in South East Asia where the growth is due to increase in aircraft procurement by airlines.
En. Mohsin showed the way to prepare and submit resume to the relevant department in MAS. There was good response from the cadets and the briefing was definitely well received. More than 50 applications were submitted to MAS during the event. - For the latest news, download the latest issue of The Aviator newsletter.
APFT Engineering Sdn Bhd obtained the DCAM Part 145 Approval on 8th April, 2013. By having this Part 145 Approval, APFT is recognized by DCA and being entrusted as an Approved Organization to carry out the following:
1) To ensure that all aircraft/components Maintenance activities are carried out as per DCA regulatory requirements.
2) To carry out our own Quality process of Aircraft C of A renewal annually.
3) To conduct our own In-House Training for maintenance and also Mandatory Regulatory courses for Internal or Third Parties.
4) To provide Basic or Type Aircraft OJT Base Training for internal or Third Parties.
5) To conduct / organize Type Course.
6) To maintain Third Party aircraft of the same Type belonging to other operators.
7) To provide service to other operators to maintain their aircraft or to manage their maintenance / documentation requirements either in-base or out-base.
8) Enable APFT to initiate own Internal Quality Approval System either for Aircraft Certification or In-house Capability Upgrade.
On 26 Febuary 2013 a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between Asia Pacific Flight Training Sdn Bhd and PT Panca Global Investama (PGI) to form a joint venture company to set up a flight school. The name of the company has been approved by the Indonesian Ministry of Law, which will be named “P.T. Trans Asia Pacific Aviation Training (TAPAT).” PGI owns the majority stakes in PT TransNusa Aviation Mandiri, a domestic Indonesian Airline providing services in Bali and Nusa Tenggara Islands.
With the signing of this agreement, the JV company can now submit the application for the AOC141. APFT will deliver aircrafts, instructors and training modules whilst TransNusa will provide classrooms and maintenance facilities. Directors from TransNusa visited our academy in Kota Bharu. They were welcomed by our Chairman Dato’ Faruk Othman, the Principal Capt. Mohd Shahrin and other Senior Management staff.
The Directors from TransNusa were Mr. Alain Niti Susanto, Mr. Bayu Sutanto and Mr. Andre Jodjana. They were briefed on the history of our academy, achievements, and the courses offered by the school. Accompanied by our Senior Management, they toured the academy to view the facilities available at the school including the simulators and aircraft.
APFT is now a public listed company. The Chairman Dato’ Faruk initiated the listing when he hit the gong at 10 am on Friday, 18th March 2011. Twenty million shares of APFT were listed at 50 cents a share and they were over-subscribed by 12.09 times. The listing was managed by Bank Islam Malaysia. APFT is the first Flight Academy to be listed on Bursa Malaysia.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 2013 (Bernama): Asia Pacific Flight Training Sdn Bhd (APFT) today expanded its wings to Indonesia by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with P.T. Transnusa Aviation Mandiri (Transnusa). The MoU is to form a joint venture to set up the first Malaysian Flight Academy in Indonesia, P.T Transasia Pacific Aviation Training (TAPAT). APFT was represented by its Executive Chairman, Datuk Faruk Othman while Transnusa was represented by its President Director, Juvenile Jodjana. - Read More
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 February 2012 (NST): TEN schools in Kelantan will each receive five copies of the New Straits Times, thanks to Asia Pacific Flight Training Berhad (APFT). Under the sponsorship worth RM8,200, the NST will be delivered to the schools for 205 school days. - Read More
KUALA LUMPUR, 01 January 2012 (NST): KOTA BARU: Plane rides introduced by the Kota Baru Fly Club (KBFC) will help to attract more visitors to Kelantan, state Tourism director Zurina Abdul Samad said yesterday. "I'm really confident this kind of activity can help to attract more visitors to Kelantan. "The state tourism body will give its co-operation to the Asia-Pacific Flight Training (APFT), the company that set up the club," she said. - Read More
KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 2011 (Berita Harian): SYARIKAT penyedia latihan dan pendidikan penerbangan, APFT Bhd, menyasarkan penguasaan pasaran lebih besar berikutan langkah beberapa pesaingnya memperlahankan perniagaan mereka. - Read More
KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 2011 (Bernama): Flight education and training service provider APFT Bhd is in discussion with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) on methods to enhance flight training for the airline's cadet pilots. "We are talking on specific areas which include methods of training as well as other areas," APFT Executive Chairman Datuk Faruk Othman told Bernama in an interview Thursday. - Read More
KOTA BHARU 29 Jun 2009 (Utusan): Seramai 12 kadet juruterbang Sistem Penerbangan Malaysia (MAS) yang mendapat pinjaman pelajaran dari Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) dengan penuh gaya dan azam telah mendaftar masuk hari ini ke Akademi Latihan Penerbangan Asia Pasifik (APFT) yang bakal membelah angkasa tidak lama lagi. - Read More
KOTA BAHARU, Aug 19 2007 (Bernama) -- The Asia Pacific Flight Training (APFT) has become the first flying school in the country to be recognised as a private sector institute of higher learning (IPTS), said Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed. "APFT was the first private flying school to apply for IPTS status and had met all the criteria. Other flying schools had also applied but we are still waiting for additional information," he told reporters at the graduation of APFT students here Sunday. - Read More