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Thursday January 31, 2008

Bintulu flying academy gaining attention from nearby countries

BINTULU: Sarawak's gas capital is fast becoming a major international aviation and pilot training hub. 

The Gulf Golden International Flying Academy International College of Aviation here has gained attention from regional countries, said the academy’s chief executive officer Datuk Morshidi Abdul Rahman. 

“This college of aviation is one of two institutions of higher learning approved by the Higher Education Ministry to offer diploma and degree courses in pilot training, aviation engineering and aircraft maintenance. 

“Brunei recently expressed interest in sending people for training at the college. Malaysia Airlines has also sent a team of officers to audit our courses before deciding whether to send trainees,” he added. 

Morshidi said the ever-expanding air transportation industry in developing and developed countries would need about 100,000 pilots.  

“China needs 30,000 pilots and recently entered into an agreement with Malaysia to help train 500 pilots annually to meet the need for more pilots in its aviation industry. 

“The demand for qualified pilots is surging everywhere,” he said when attending a gathering with State Secretary Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot here yesterday. 

The academy set up its campus on the old Bintulu airport grounds early last year. 

Morshidi said the academy was planning to link up with an Australian university for advanced aviation courses in the near future.