Australian Embassy

Media release - 17/12/2015

Australia to provide flight training for Vietnamese cadet pilots


Today in Hanoi Australian Ambassador and senior officials from Civil Aviation Authorities Vietnam (CAAV) witnessed a signing ceremony between Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA) and Viet Flight Training JSC (Bay Viet). This is the first Commercial Agreement to provide flight training for Vietnamese cadet pilots in Australia.

“This close co-operation is an example of Australia’s work on economic diplomacy securing a commercial outcome, in the interests of both Australia and Vietnam”, said Australian Ambassador HE Mr. Hugh Borrowman.

“I believe the Vietnamese pilot students trained in Australia will learn not only how to operate an aircraft but also how to fit into an airline operating environment which is very different to the general aviation context.”

Vietnam has made remarkable development in its aviation industry with local airlines rapidly growing their networks and investing in modern fleets of aircraft. As the industry continues to grow, it will also exert extra pressure on airport, air traffic control infrastructure and the highly specialized aviation labour force.

Australia’s enviable aviation safety record and strengths in pilot training, design, research and development, master planning, engineering, construction and IT have been successful in building airports and associated urban developments in Australia and globally. Australian expertise has been incorporated in many of the world’s major airports and cities such as in London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Dubai.

By transferring some of this experience to Vietnam, Australia can help Vietnam improve air safety, productivity and efficiency. 

The Commercial Agreement follows on from an Austrade organised Aviation mission to Vietnam late June 2015 and was reinforced by the recent visit to Australia by Vietnam Airlines and Civil Aviation Authority last month. 

About Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA)

AAPA is one of the world's best pilot academies with state-of-the-art training aircraft and infrastructure. For this reason Boeing Flight Training Services has selected it to be one of its global partners in flight training. AAPA only trains pilots for airlines and all its training is conducted to airline standards.

Besides the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia, AAPA is also accredited by the Gulf Civil Aviation Authority to deliver Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) for the Emirates states.

AAPA is committed to working closely with Vietnam Airlines and the CAAV to deliver quality professional pilot training that fully meets the stringent standards set by both the CAAV and CASA.

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