Amanda Jones talks to Alberto Delgado, chief executive officer of World Aviation in Spain, to find out how he juggles multiple roles and responsibilities.
Alberto Delgado’s list of current job titles is as impressive as it is long. He is CEO of World Aviation Flight Academy in Spain, oversees all aviation activity at the Ascari race circuit in Málaga, which includes the development of a heliport and a supply and equipment agreement with Air BP. He also represents Bell Helicopters throughout Spain and Portugal, is overseeing the development of a new heliport in Marbella and is a Captain flying with Spanish airline Iberia.
“I originally qualified as a pilot in San Diego, California, through the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) in the US,” Delgado tells me. “Then I returned to Europe and converted my license to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, before joining Iberia as a pilot 22 years ago.”
Delgado still serves as a Captain flying on Iberia’s fleet of A320s in a limited capacity, given he has to juggle his time flying as a commercial pilot with so many other roles.
A passion for aviation
When quizzed about where his love of aviation came from, Delgado explains,
“My family are all doctors and pharmacists – however, I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in aviation. As a child, I would go to my local airport almost every day after school finished and just look up into the skies. I could spend hours watching aircraft landing and taking off. I’ve always loved it.” When it comes to managing so many different roles, Delgado says he relies on his team to support him, but he also admits that he “can never say no. I never let an opportunity pass me by.”
Dedicated to comprehensive training for helicopter pilots, airline pilots and professional drone operators, World Aviation has training centres in both Madrid (at Cuatro Vientos – Airport) and Málaga (Málaga Costa Del Sol as well as Axarquia Airport) and also in Catalonia (Girona Airport). It offers private helicopter charters (with a fleet of nine helicopters), MRO facilities, jet broker and aviation consultancy services.
“We cover the whole of the Iberian Peninsula catering for both helicopter and fixed-wing customers. Through World Aviation I also have an agreement with Bell Helicopters as their independent sales representative in Portugal and Spain,” he says.
Of the Ascari Race Circuit near Ronda in Málaga, Spain, Delgado explains that it’s an exclusive location for helicopters.
“It’s the only F1 private resort in the world,” he says explaining it has been designed to indulge the needs of motorsport lovers, as well as to cater to private corporate events and VIP functions. “I’ve been providing my aviation expertise and services there for the last eight years and primarily oversee everything related to aviation safety and security at the racetrack from helicopter ops to refuelling.”
Referencing the collaboration agreement with Air BP to supply fuel at the race circuit as a bulk location, Delgado underlines it’s a relationship that he really values in terms of the support as well as the access to reliable, safe fuel supplies. A new heliport is also being developed at Ascari, which Delgado is overseeing, and hopes will be open in 1.5 years.“I have been working closely with Air BP on that particular project and have really benefitted from their expertise.”
In addition to the heliport at Ascari, Delgado is also working on another heliport development in Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol, which is due to open within 2.5 years. However, he agrees that the current coronavirus outbreak has thrown the whole industry into unchartered territory for the time being and some projects are temporarily on hold.
“These are unprecedented times and the coronavirus outbreak is impacting on every business including aviation. Airlines around the world are struggling. We have had to suspend our training services as its impossible to adhere to the social distancing rule within the cockpit whether you’re in a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft. These are indeed extraordinary times, but we just have to wait and see what the full impact of coronavirus is and to understand we are all in this together.”
Until earlier this year, Delgado admits he had been seeing steady growth in the demand for training especially for commercial pilots. He also highlights that when he started out in the aviation industry, flying was still considered a luxury form of travel, but now and thanks to the exponential growth of low-cost carriers more and more people are taking to the skies.
“We’re constantly brainstorming as to how we can accommodate this growth in passenger traffic,” he enthuses “and although it’s at a much slower pace than commercial aviation we are also noting a rise in general aviation traffic too.”
While the aviation industry is somewhat in limbo at the moment, Delgado concludes that he’s always looking at how he can move forwards.
“I am growing and learning all the time in my working life. And I am always conscious of how I can collaborate with and give back to those around me – my community, my country, my continent and my industry. Life is a juggle, but I’ll keep looking ahead and moving forward.”
Helicopter Association International (HAI) Concludes a successful 4-day event in Anaheim, California.
The four-day event brought together thousands of attendees from around the globe, focusing their attention on all sectors of helicopter aviation and industry.
During the event, the attendees had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the 60 aircraft on display at the event, including an presentation of NASAs Mars Helicopter.
The event covered some 30.000m2 of show-room floor with 657 exhibiting companies. The aircraft on display ranged from small trainer helicopters to large executive class multi-engine aircraft as well as concept models and the latest models on the verge of certification. This years event also had a considerable presence of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones.
“HAI Heli-Expo is the one show for the commercial helicopter industry,” says Jim Viola, president and CEO of HAI. “People come from around the world to find something for their vertical lift business, and they find it here. If they wanted to buy a helicopter, receive safety training, meet vendors or suppliers of parts and services, or obtain professional education, they found it in Anaheim this year.”
Training is another important element of these events and this year was no exception. The event schedule included over 150 courses, workshops, seminars, forums and meetings. A free Rotor Safety Challenge session drew nearly 4000 attendees.
“We’re already looking forward to next year’s show,” added Viola. “Work is actually well under way for HAI Heli-Expo 2021 in New Orleans, where we expect our attendees to have an extraordinary time!”
The show dates in 2021 are March 22-25, with the exhibit floor open March 23-25.
With this new alliance, World Aviation and Aerodynamics will offer training for airplane and helicopter pilots, cabin crew and maintenance technicians. In addition, the combined fleet of the two companies will include more than 25 aircraft and 6 simulators.
World Aviation Flight Academy and Aerodynamics Málaga have announced their “strategic” alliance in Spain to train pilots together. As pointed out by World Aviation spokesperson, this union seeks to maximize the training offer available to Spanish and international students and share resources to ensure the highest quality flight training on the market today.
The alliance will allow both companies to offer training for airplane and helicopter pilots, cabin crew and maintenance technicians. In addition, the ATO’s will add more than 25 aircraft – between planes and helicopters – 6 state-of-the-art simulators, 10 hangars, classrooms equipped with the latest technologies in aeronautical education and offices at the international airport of Malaga, Vélez – Malaga, Gerona and Madrid (Cuatro Vientos and Rey Juan Carlos University in Fuenlabrada).
According to the company directors «this cooperation goes beyond an exchange of information and tries to improve our capacity in relation to excellence in aeronautical training in Spain, as well as offer our students, of any nationality, our important links with the aeronautical sector that greatly facilitate their incorporation into the labour market ”.
The next time you find something in the soup it could very well be a drone. According to the figures, they have proliferated to such an extent that they will soon be dealing with the flies on a one-to-one basis. To get an idea of the evolution of the drone market: in Spain there are already 3,000 specialized companies that offer all kinds of services with unmanned gadgets by 3,700 registered pilots. According to calculations by the European Commission, drones will generate 150,000 jobs in the EU until 2050. It is firmly the trendy profession, one of the most attractive occupations of the labour market, according to sources within this nascent sector.
These autonomous guided vehicles can be quad-copters, hexa-copters, octa-copters -according to the number of propellers-, helicopters or also terrestrial and even aquatic vehicles, although we must recognize that when we think of a drone we tend to imagine it in the sky. To cite just one case of a water vehicle, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology works on a prototype capable of entering a city’s water facilities and detecting leaks, moving even against the tide.
Drones are also often thought of as recreational, as a hobby with which to participate in competitions – be they races or stunts – or record videos, but it is in the industrial field where applications are multiplying. For example, thanks to additive manufacturing, oil plants can print on site the part they require at any time without having to have a complete stock of spare parts, saving space and costs.
In the case of drones, they have consolidated their place as a consumer product among the general public – with starting prices from 20 euros -,but we also find a wide variety of examples in all economic sectors. Thus, energy companies such as Endesa or Iberdrola review their windmills and other facilities from the air; Repsol uses them to access remote locations of its oil plants and even to capture images of areas that can be exploited; Navantia in its shipyards to check the condition of inaccessible parts for an operator; Intel Falcon 8+ drones are being very helpful in the restoration work of a Gothic cathedral in Halberstadt, in Germany, to analyze the pieces that need intervention.
“On many occasions, drones are an alternative to human labor that provides greater security, precision and efficiency in operations.” This is explained by Manuel García Sañudo, CEO of Terra Solutions at Maxam. This company has just won an award with its X-Copter for the Best Idea of Use of Drones in Civil Engineering. Where appropriate, being equipped with gas sensors, this drone monitors any blasting from the air.
According to the State Aviation Safety Agency (Aesa), within our borders we can find 74 training schools in the piloting and construction, as well as around 20 manufacturers. Throughout the European Union, it is estimated that these unmanned devices could reach 10% of the civil aviation market by 2028, at a rate of 15,000 million euros per year.
Laws have a lot to say in this development. Precisely, the sector is experiencing a very sweet moment since in 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US granted hundreds of new exemptions for companies to operate with these devices. That same revolution could occur in Spain, where the Council of Ministers approved last December 15 to modify Law 18/2014, which is currently much more restrictive.
Although it will be necessary to wait for the publication of the Strategic Plan of Drones – planned for this first quarter of the year – the Royal Decree already approved, expands the regulatory framework and contemplates, for example, to be able to fly over buildings, towns and gatherings of people outdoors. Another novelty would be permission for night flights. In any circumstance, all this would require prior authorization by AESA.
Julio Memba, one of the top experts in drones in our country, explains that “the previous legislation has improved a lot and can contribute to the professionalization of the sector, but it still has things to improve.” In his opinion, “it is still very permissive with the recreational industry and quite the contrary with the professionals.” And he gives an example: “I can fly a two-kilo drone in a park at night without asking permission, but if I want to record a wedding professionally I have to ask for permission six months in advance and I don’t even know if they will answer me” .
Nor have the EU states been able to reach an agreement and, currently, each country has its own initiative and regulation in the use of drones. The European authorities have proposed a plan, the U-Space, to integrate and improve legislation on security in drones that fly at low altitude and which they want to enter into force in 2019. “I do not think we will see a single legislation in Europe in such a short timeframe, but it’s only a matter of time” according to Memba, who also designs his own drones and is chief pilot at Alpha Unmanned Systems.
From Maxam they consider that “any measure aimed at promoting technological innovation is important, as long as the safety of operations is guaranteed”. He adds that the regulations of each country have a fundamental influence when it comes to facilitating the use of these devices even more so, as it is a global company: “The existence of a harmonized regulation would greatly help in the deployment of these devices and systems, ”he concludes.
Experts do not cease to be surprised at the advances in this field. “After 20 years flying all kinds of devices, I have seen almost everything, and the best thing is that I continue to be surprised. The last thing that left me with my mouth open is the image stabilization by software obtained by the Alpha 800. I think it’s science fiction,” adds Memba. In his role as a designer, he adds that “now the biggest challenge is that the platform performs any mission automatically, safely and without human intervention,” he explains.
SOURCE | elEconomista.es
World Aviation Helicopters will make a helicopter flight exhibition within the activities programmed by the Marbella Luxuy Weekend organization that was presented today by the municipal delegate of Tourism, Javier Porcuna and the promoter of the event, Miguel Gómez. Marbella Luxury Weekend will be held in Puerto Banús between June 2 and 4.
Porcuna has highlighted “the importance of the luxury sector and exclusivity for Marbella, representing this offer a great showcase for the city.”
For his part, Miguel Gómez has ensured that for three days “the municipality will become the epicenter of luxury in Europe” and stressed that Marbella “is the Andalusian city that monopolizes more brands and luxury establishments, being after Barcelona the Spanish city that more income obtains for this concept “.
In the program of activities highlights the Marbella Luxury Forum, which will take place on June 2, at the Goya Theater Cinemas of Puerto Banús. The forum, which will be held under the Ibero-American Cities Forum, will have a plenary session format in which the various personalities and professionals will give their point of view on the challenges facing the luxury sector.
The event will begin at 9.30 am with the official inauguration by the mayor, José Bernal, among other authorities. The day will continue with the presentations ‘Talent and sensory management in luxury services’, by the general director of Les Roches, Carlos Díez de la Lastra; and ‘The art symbol of excellence’, on the part of the director of the Contemporary Art Center, Fernando Francés.
It will be followed by the presentations ‘The city and the emotions’, by the mobility expert and public spaces José Luis Cañavate; and ‘Components for a city object of desire’, by the architect José Antonio Granero.
Likewise, a golf table and other presentations will be held such as ‘The Spanish taxation of expatriates as a mechanism to encourage foreign investment of high purchasing power’, by the president of Global UHY, Bernard Fay, and the senior director of the company, Immaculate Domecq; ‘The artificial intelligence revolution’, co-founder of Greubel Forsey, Stephen Forsey; and ‘Core-more world introduction of a luxury brand’, by Core Mas Ceo, Mark Sanders.
The day is completed with the presentations ‘CasaClub, locomotive tourism, luxury and positioning of the city of Marbella’, by the Vice President of the CasaClub, Luis Marín; ‘Disruptive economy’, in charge of the Ceo of R-2 Group, Juan del Río; and the interventions of the founder of HYT, Lucien Vouillamoz and the CEO of La Maison Pianegonda, Franco Pianegonda.
The program of Marbella Luxury Weekend is completed with musical performances, model passes on the only aquatic catwalk in Europe and gourmet events.
Among the musical performances include Brass Band, Hula Hula, Michel Fadel, Alvaro Mur, a flamenco flash mob, Charlotte and Guitar Slide Show. There will also be model passes by Ecaille, Abed Mahfouz, Maldito Sweet, MDA Deluxe Editio and Glamor Hunter Luxury Courture and a helicopter flight display by Worldaviation.
While the number of flights has been multiplying for four years, even at the double digit rate in the summer season, air workers do not do so at the same pace or in the same proportion. The sector is short of cash and this shortage, as international as the journeys of most of the companies, is noticeable in Spain and may compromise the future demand of the airlines.
Drivers, flight attendants and pilots are professions with deficits although, due to different circumstances and their particularities, not all are currently among the most demanded within the sector. Specifically in the case of pilots, in Spain only 6,433 people are licensed to fly a commercial aircraft, according to a report prepared by the business news agency pyme.info.
The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) reports that during the past year commercial pilots with ATPL (Airline Transport) license -both for airplanes and helicopters- in Spain grew by only 2.6%. And, nevertheless, those who studied studies aimed at obtaining the degree of commercial piloting took all the positions available in the Spanish aeronautical schools.
According to the agency, the 2016 Airport World Traffic Forecast report from the Airports Council (ACI) will require at least 112,000 new professionals in the next 20 years, at an annual rate of almost 6,000 new pilots to meet the growth of air traffic. According to this global need, Spain should incorporate 1,120 pilots, since it takes 19% of the passenger traffic of the EU, according to Eurostat.
However, to reach this figure the pilot schools should increase their capacity fivefold, since only 228 pilots obtained the license in 2016 in our country, after two years of training. This number, according to the report of pyme.info is insufficient to cover both the future needs of airlines and those of pilot schools where they obtain accreditation. The reason is that the existing professionals (in 2016 were 985 active instructors) should be divided between the airlines and the schools. Therefore, according to the agency, manufacturers and airports confirm that it is necessary to train more than 1,000 new pilots a year in Spain.
The aircraft builders Boeing and Airbus also foresee a shortage of professionals in air transport. Both estimate that traffic will grow above 4.5% until 2035 and that in Europe it will increase more than 3.5%. The American manufacturer was already collecting in its Pilot and Technical Forecast that between 2017 and 2035 it will require 617,000 new professionals; in particular, 104,000 for Europe and 1,098 for Spain. Meanwhile, the Global Market Forecast 2016-2035 of the European Airbus consortium expects the number of pilots to double in this time frame, which would mean the incorporation of 250,000 for 40,000 aircraft with more than 100 seats. In this way, the annual demand for pilots worldwide would reach 30,000 per year.
The increase of air traffic must be added an important factor: retirement. Last year 68 pilots retired in Spain. The renewal of the staff may not have been particularly significant so far, but it will increase in the next five years. This problem will be especially pressing on US airlines.
Published: Elmundo. es – Article by Silvia Fernández
Considered as an exciting activity, for adventurous and restless spirits who, in most cases, live with a great passion: flying, the profession of pilot resurfaces with its usual halo of prestige and recognition.
After the stagnation of the pilot market caused by the economic crisis and due to a massive retirement, the need to cover these losses together with the new EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) regulation that forces a large part of operations to be carried out with two crew members, have generated a strong demand that must be met.
However, being a pilot entails a great responsibility and you need to develop certain skills so when deciding where to train you have to know how to choose.
World Aviation Helicopter Flight Academy, a school run by professionals with more than 25 years in the aviation sector, is specialized in training helicopter pilots, being the only school with bilingual training in Spain, with a wide variety of courses ranging from pilot Private (PPL) to Instructor courses (FI, TRI). To do this, it has international instructors with extensive experience in training new pilots as well as rescue work, fire fighting, aerial work or commercial flights that provide a personalized teaching adapted to their needs. Currently, the Flight Instructor Course promotion (FI-H) 2017 is in its final phase, with an unprecedented number of students.
The school has several training centers in different locations in Spain, strategically located: Madrid – “Cuatro Vientos”, Malaga – “International Airport of Málaga” and Gerona (airport and private heliport in “Platja D’aro”), the latter in approval phase, which allows covering a greater geographical coverage when choosing. In all of them, an ideal training camp is offered for students to face scenarios that they will find in the exercise of the profession, flying both in international airports and congested areas or complex operations.
In recent months, the fleet has been extended with the acquisition of new helicopters specially designed for training, while two simulator centers have been incorporated under the WORLD AVIATION SIMULATORS brand, located in Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat, where A320 airline commercial aircraft type ratings and training in simulators (FBS) of models B737, ATR, CRJ, MD, CITATION, B200 and DASH8, among others, may be taken.
Likewise, the school offers training for Dron pilots (UAV) with specialized instructors and state-of-the-art aircraft, having a volume of students that makes it the leading center in Spain.
It should also be noted that its new maintenance workshop, under the name World Aviation Maintenance at the “Cuatro Vientos” aerodrome, completes this airline services and aeronautical training company whose main objective is to train professional and competent pilots, and in which The passion to fly is only overcome by the spirit of reaching the highest levels of security in all its operations.
If your dream is to fly, WORLD AVIATION FLIGHT ACADEMY with its modern facilities, professional experts and unbeatable surroundings, will turn your learning into a hobby.
World Aviation Helicopter Flight Academy opens the call for a new flight instructor course FI (H). The course aims to train holders of a helicopter license to safely instruct pilots or pilot students.
On this occasion the training will take place from January 18 at the facilities of the flight school in Madrid, located at the Cuatro Vientos Airport. The purpose of this course is to train holders of a helicopter pilot license up to the level necessary to be able to safely instruct pilots or pilot students, for the issuance, revalidation or renewal of all those powers of which they are holders based on their experience and ratings in accordance with the provisions of the EASA regulations FCL.905.FI.
This program is designed to show the importance of FI as a key element in security through the teaching of theoretical knowledge, skills and attitudes. To do this, the applicant will be trained in the methodological teaching techniques applied both in theoretical knowledge and in flight exercises, and finally in ensuring that the applicant has a high flight standard to carry out the function of a flight instructor with safety. .
Instruction in teaching and learning techniques – 25 hours
In this part the applicant will be instructed in the theoretical concepts on which the student’s learning process is based, the methodology and the teaching techniques that every instructor must possess in order to be able to instruct effectively.
Theoretical knowledge instruction -100 hours
In this instruction the student is taught all the necessary concepts to carry out the instruction of the future pilot students and that will be put into practice in the flight part.
Flight instruction – Basic Stage – 15 hours
The objective of this first stage is to instruct the student, giving him the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to execute the flight maneuvers knowing the main nuances of the teaching, especially emphasizing the most common mistakes of the students in their flight principles.
Flight instruction – Advanced Stage – 15 hours
The objective of this stage is to instruct the student to be able to prepare and properly impart a practical session acting as instructor. You should also know the criteria when qualifying the corresponding sessions and the need to establish for each session a briefing before the flight and a post-briefing once finished.
Entry requirements / Documentation
EASA PPL (H) / CPL (H) License
Class I medical certificate
Having completed a minimum of 100 flight hours as PIC
Have completed a minimum of 250 flight hours before starting the course
Having completed a minimum of 20 hours of cross-country as a PIC
Have completed a minimum of 10 hours of instruction in instrumental flight (5hrs can be in simulator)
Madrid: € 15,000 *
* Regulated training exempt from VAT
The European Aviation Safety Agency is preparing for the future that will allow the coexistence of manned and unmanned aircraft in the airspace with the imminent approval of the regulation of regulation of this type of aircraft.
The European Parliament’s Transport Commission last week voted more than 1100 amendments aimed at strengthening the new “Basic Regulation” proposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The result has been a tightening of drone safety standards, tighter procedures for the coordinated oversight of safety by national aeronautical authorities, and a new article that obliges the Agency to address the way in which Socio-economic factors can affect safety factors.
These measures have been adopted with the aim of establishing a solid basis for a future dialogue between the Council of Transport Ministers of the European Commission, which is expected at the beginning of 2017.
In the words of Commander Dirk Polloczek, President of the European Cockpit Association (ECA): “With this vote, EU parliamentarians show that they take seriously the need for EASA to be ready for the next decade.”
Regarding the drones, Polloczek added that “this is crucial because our skies will be more crowded in the future, since new operators – like drones – will proliferate in the airspace. Therefore, we are particularly pleased with the establishment of safety standards for drone operations, which include the requirement of a pilot license for unmanned aircraft for commercial operations. This is good news, since the proposal of the European Commission lacked content. The Committee of Transport has taken into account the joint point of view of the interested parties, so that the unmanned aircraft develop their full potential and integrate safely in the airspace, that is, without endangering the manned aircraft. ” .
Philip von Schöppenthau, General Secretary of ECA, took the floor to analyze the employment situation in the sector, “the security risks associated with new and opaque business models, atypical forms of employment such as” zero hours “contracts , self-employment or the systems that make pilots pay to fly, they need an urgent and comprehensive treatment that encourages EASA to adopt a key role in this matter “.
On the other hand, von Schöppenthau argued that “we celebrate the great support of all the parties to a new article in the EASA Regulation, which will oblige the Agency to adopt measures to prevent socio-economic factors from endangering aviation safety, as well as publish every three years a review of all measures taken to address such risks. It is an important step forward, which the piloting community in Europe fully supports. ”
ECA also welcomes other improvements adopted by the Committee, such as the amendments aimed at strengthening the coordination of safety oversight by the authorities and those that guarantee a separate review of the EU regulation. 1008/2008 as regards the prior approval of leasing operations with wet leasing services; to ensure that each cabin crew obtains a license; as well as specific amendments that prevent the exploitation of “Pay-to-Fly” schemes.
World Aviation Helicopter Flight Academy presents a new course in Spanish for obtaining the European commercial helicopter pilot license
The Pilot School World Aviation Helicopter Flight Academy opens the call for a new CPL (H) Integrated Helicopter Commercial Pilot course.
The course, with 350 hours of theoretical instruction and 135 hours of flight, is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and experience to obtain a European flight license that allows him to work as a professional Helicopter Pilot.
The course begins during the month of October in the training center of World Aviation Helicopter Flight Academy at the Malaga-Costa del Sol International Airport, although it will also be carried out in training areas and additional classrooms in Marbella and Veléz-Málaga / La Axarquía . In this way, students will have the advantage of learning to operate in different aerodromes, from regional airports to a busy international airport. They will also be able to know the characteristic flight conditions of the Costa del Sol, including the flight in mountain areas. “Learn to fly or consolidate training as a helicopter pilot in the South of Spain provides a very complete experience for the student-pilot” says the commercial manager.
The duration of the CPL (H) Integrated Helicopter Commercial Pilot course is twelve and eighteen months. It includes theoretical instruction in classes from Monday to Friday, flight practices, manuals, fees and administrative management of the license as well as the corresponding type of qualification. “We carry out a very personalized training, the schedules of the classes are developed based on an established schedule but adapted to the needs of the future pilots, since we are aware of the need to be able to make the training compatible with other activities. At all times the students have the advice of our teachers “says Ville Laaksonen.