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HKIAA and HKMU Jointly Introduce Hong Kong’s First BBA (Hons) Degree Programme with Pilot Training - 11 Apr 2024

HKIAA and HKMU Jointly Introduce Hong Kong’s First BBA (Hons) Degree Programme with Pilot Training

 

The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) and Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) today signed a collaborative agreement to introduce a programme leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree that incorporates commercial pilot training, the first such programme in Hong Kong designed to nurture local civil aviation pilots. In addition to the BBA (Hons) degree, graduates will also receive a commercial pilot licence.

 

Starting from the 2024/25 academic year, a new “Cadet Pilot” concentration will be integrated into the existing BBA (Hons) in Aviation Services Management programme jointly provided by the HKIAA and HKMU. Students who have completed their business and aviation services management courses and wish to opt for the Cadet Pilot concentration may enrol in the HKIAA’s Cadet Pilot Programme during the summer semester of their third year of study. The Cadet Pilot Programme comprises a six-month theoretical knowledge instruction course in Hong Kong and an eight-month flying training course at IASCO Flight Training in California in the United States, and afterwards a two-week Multi-Crew Cooperation Course in Hong Kong. The first intake of students of this collaborative programme is expected to commence pilot training in May 2025.

 

The HKIAA has also partnered with Hong Kong Airlines, HK Express Airways, Greater Bay Airlines and Hong Kong Air Cargo to arrange preliminary job interviews for students, who may obtain conditional job offers during the academic year. 

 

Under the witness of Jack So, Chairman of the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) and Conrad Wong, HKMU Council Chairman, the agreement was signed by Simon Li, President of HKIAA, and Professor Paul Lam, HKMU President. Also attending the ceremony were Lam Sai-hung, Secretary for Transport and Logistics, Fred Lam, Chief Executive of AAHK, and Victor Liu, Director-General of Civil Aviation.

 

Lam Sai-Hung, Secretary for Transport and Logistics, said at the event, "HKIAA and HKMU have collaborated to launch the first programme in Hong Kong that allows students to simultaneously obtain a BBA (Hons) Degree and a Hong Kong Commercial Pilot Licence. This is not only great news for young people in the Greater Bay Area and overseas who aspire to become pilots but also a significant milestone welcomed by the Government and the industry. The programme will nurture for Hong Kong a new generation of aviation talents, continuously bringing in new blood and talents, while laying an even more solid foundation for the long-term development of the aviation industry. "

 

Simon Li, President of HKIAA, remarked, "As the first civil aviation academy in Hong Kong, the HKIAA is committed to developing talent that can help the industry meet its future needs. We received over a hundred applications for the Cadet Pilot Programme since its launch in September 2023. Through this collaboration with HKMU, we are responding to the surging global demand for civil aviation pilots by further institutionalising pilot training and shortening the time it takes for students to obtain a pilot licence with a university degree. We also aim to instil pilots with a strong sense of business perspective and understanding to build a solid foundation for future leadership in the industry."

 

Conrad Wong, HKMU Council Chairman, said, "HKMU recently became the first university of applied sciences in Hong Kong. By signing this agreement with HKIAA to further expand collaboration between the two parties, a new Cadet Pilot concentration will be introduced under the BBA (Hons) in Aviation Services Management programme to meet the pressing demand for talent in the aviation industry. The University also hopes to promote degree-level training for local pilots through this collaboration, providing a stronger impetus for young people to pursue their flying dreams while paving the way for a better future."

HKIAA and HK Air Cargo Sign MoU to Nurture Future Cargo Pilots - 11 Apr 2024

HKIAA and HK Air Cargo Sign MoU to Nurture Future Cargo Pilots 

 

On 11 April 2024, The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hong Kong Air Cargo (HKAC), aiming to provide career opportunities to the graduates of the HKIAA’s Cadet Pilot Programme and establish a pipeline to the local aviation industry.


The prospects of airline pilots in Hong Kong and the mainland are expected to remain strong. Therefore, the HKIAA launched its first Cadet Pilot Programme in September 2023 to nurture aspiring talents to meet surging industry demand. Under the MoU, HKAC will offer preliminary job interviews to the students of HKIAA’s Cadet Pilot Programme towards the end of the approximately six-month (780 hours) Theoretical Knowledge Instruction course in Hong Kong, with a view to employment upon successful completion of the integrated training programme.

 

Mr Simon LI, President of HKIAA and Captain Clifford Hung, President cum Chief Operations Officer of HKAC, signed the MoU under the witness of Captain Jack IP, Director of Flight Training and Engineering of HKIAA and Captain Adrian ARUL, Director, Flight Operations of HKAC.

 

Mr Simon LI, President of HKIAA, said, “HKIAA is pleased to have HKAC become our first air cargo partner airline. Our first class of Cadet Pilot Programme students will have more options for their job preliminary interviews in May, in addition to our three passenger airline partners. We hope this additional opportunity will inspire talents to join the air cargo airlines, reinforcing the status of Hong Kong International Airport as the world’s business international cargo airport.”


Captain Clifford Hung, President cum Chief Operations Officer of HKAC, added, “This collaboration with HKIAA is a testament to HKAC’s commitment to investing in the future of the aviation industry. We are excited to provide a platform for aspiring pilots to launch their careers and contribute to Hong Kong’s status as a leading international cargo airport. We look forward to welcoming these talented individuals into our team and supporting their journey in the aviation industry.”

HKIAA meets with the CAAC to foster cooperation between the Mainland and Hong Kong - 09 Apr 2024

HKIAA meets with the CAAC to foster cooperation between the Mainland and Hong Kong 

 

On 9 April, the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) had the privilege of meeting Mr Cui Xiaofeng, Deputy Administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in Beijing. Mr Simon Li, the President of HKIAA, and Mr Richard Wu, Deputy Director-General of the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong, engaged with Mr Cui to discuss talent development, international collaboration and technological innovation, aiming to enhance the cooperation between the civil aviation industry in the mainland and Hong Kong. 

 

The HKIAA is committed to cultivating high-quality professional talent in international civil aviation through a range of activities, including training, international conferences, and exhibitions. We are dedicated to advancing cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong in the field of civil aviation.

HKIAA and ICSCC, CAAC Sign MoU to foster cooperation in the Mainland and Belt and Road Countries - 18 Dec 2023

HKIAA and ICSCC, CAAC Sign MoU to foster cooperation in the Mainland and Belt and Road Countries

 

The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Cooperation and Service Centre of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, CAAC (ICSCC), marking our commitment in fostering cooperation and talent development in the Mainland and Belt and Road countries.

 

The collaboration aims to elevate and expand aviation training, positioning HKIAA as a regional training hub to contribute to Air Silk Road vision. Through resource integration, including programme development and research cooperation, HKIAA will facilitate training courses, seminars and exhibitions, nurturing talent in the international civil aviation field.

 

Prior to the signing of the MoU, HKIAA was honoured to receive a delegation from CAAC, led by Mr Cui Xiaofeng, Deputy Administrator. During the visit, the delegation visited HKIAA facilities and met with students of the GBA Youth Aviation Industry Internship Programme. Mr. Cui encouraged the interns to seize the invaluable opportunity of their internship in Hong Kong and be proactive to equip themselves with the skills and experience which will one day, help contribute to the development of the aviation development in the Greater Bay Area.

HKIAA jointly organised the Asia Pacific Region Innovation & Capacity Building Symposium 2023 with CAAC and HKCAD - 15 Dec 2023

HKIAA jointly organised the Asia Pacific Region Innovation & Capacity Building Symposium 2023 with CAAC and HKCAD  

 

The Asia Pacific Region Innovation & Capacity Building Symposium 2023 (APICS 2023), jointly organised by the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA), the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD), held at AsiaWorld Expo, Hong Kong on 14 and 15 December 2023, was concluded with great success.

 

The symposium was attended by over 1,500 aviation professionals from around the world, including top leaders and experts from civil aviation authorities, air navigation service providers, airport operators and aviation industry as well as young talent from more than 35 states and administrations. The symposium aims to facilitate discussions on innovative technologies and capacity building in both regional and international contexts. Additionally, it provides an excellent platform for participants to establish business network and foster collaboration.

 

The two-day APICS 2023 was officiated by 11 guests of honour at the opening ceremony, followed by opening remarks from Mr Michael WONG, Deputy Financial Secretary HKSAR, Mr CUI Xiaofeng, Deputy Administrator of the CAAC, and Mr Jack SO, Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong. Witnessed by the guests of honour, 25 companies and organisations exchanged collaborative agreements to demonstrate their commitments to enhancing regional and international cooperation on innovative technologies and capacity building. During the occasion, HKIAA exchanged MoUs with the International Cooperation and Service Centre (ICSCC) of CAAC, Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFCU) and the Ecole Nationale de I’Aviation Civile (ENAC) respectively.

 

Themed "Uniting the Strength of Innovation for Building a Seamless Sky", APICS 2023 brought together nearly 25 renowned speakers to share their insights in 15 speeches and talks related to the theme embracing three expert panels, namely "Innovation in Sky - Air Navigation Service", "Innovation on Ground - Airport Operations" and "Capacity Building for Civil Aviation Workforce". The symposium also included an exhibition with nearly 60 leading global exhibitors showcasing their innovative solutions and cutting-edge technologies in civil aviation to the participants.

 

As one of the organisers, HKIAA showcased our expertise in professional aviation training through exhibition and also at the expert panel discussion where Mr Simon Li, HKIAA’s President, shared his insights with Prof DING Shuiting, President of the Civil Aviation University of China and Mr Nicolas CAZALIS, Vice President of ENAC. On the topic “Capacity Building for Civil Aviation Workforce”, the panellists provided attendees with enlightening perspectives on preparing the next-generation aviation talent for the exciting world of aviation.

 

At HKIAA, we are committed to developing a world-class aviation training hub and strengthening Hong Kong aviation soft power. We are honoured to witness the keen interest of the aviation community joining together to shape the future of aviation with innovation and building a seamless sky.

HKIAA and ENAC Sign MoU to Extend the Collaboration on Offering Advanced Master in Air Transport Management - 14 Dec 2023

HKIAA and ENAC Sign MoU to Extend the Collaboration on Offering Advanced Master in Air Transport Management 

 

The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) and the Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 14 December 2023, representing another milestone that the two institutions will continue their partnership to co-organise the Advanced Master in Air Transport Management in Hong Kong. The MoU was signed by Mr Simon Li, President of HKIAA and Mr Nicolas Cazalis, Vice President of ENAC, during the Asia Pacific Region Innovation & Capacity Building Symposium 2023 (APICS 2023).

 

Since its first launch in December 2017, the Advanced Master Programme has attracted over 145 aviation experts from Hong Kong, the Mainland and Belt-and-Road countries, including Cambodia, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. The programme offers an excellent platform for programme participants to exchange insights and connect with a global network of industry elites. The coming 7th cohort will commence in January 2024.

HKIAA and CAFUC Sign MoU to Foster Mutual Growth and Talent-nurturing in Aviation Industry - 13 Dec 2023

HKIAA and CAFUC Sign MoU to Foster Mutual Growth and Talent-nurturing in Aviation Industry

 

On 13 December 2023, The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC), signifying our dedication to fostering mutual growth and talent-nurturing in the aviation industry.

 

At the Asia Pacific Innovation and Capacity Building Symposium held in Hong Kong, Mr Simon Li, President of HKIAA, exchanged the MoU with Mr Guan Lixin, President of CAFUC, under the witness of Mr Cui Xiaofeng, the Deputy Administrator of the CAAC and Mr Michael Wong, the Deputy Financial Secretary. The MoU encompasses talent nurturing, curriculum development, internships and on-site training, and academic exchanges.

 

Mr Simon Li, President of HKIAA toured CAFUC's facilities in Chengdu, Sichuan, and had fruitful discussions, exchanging insights and experiences on aviation education with Mr Guan Lixin, President of CAFUC, and Mr Guo Rengang, President of CAAC-Academy. Meanwhile, CAFUC also toured HKIAA campus.

HKIAA Collaborates with HKAGE: Identifying and Nurturing Aviation Elites - 24 Nov 2023

HKIAA Collaborates with HKAGE: Identifying and Nurturing Aviation Elites 

 

HKIAA and The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) today signed a collaboration framework agreement (CFA), strengthening our partnership to nurture aviation talents and shape the future of gifted education in Hong Kong.

 

To promote talent development under gifted education, HKIAA and HKAGE co-organised a customised aviation programme for gifted students earlier this summer. The four-month programme is divided into three phases, providing participants with opportunities to explore the core areas of the aviation industry. The programme enables them to delve into advanced management systems, explore high-end technology facilities, and interact with aviation experts to gain insights into smart airport operations, aircraft engineering, air traffic management and sustainable aviation development.

 

As global transport resumes and the tourism industry rapidly recovers, it further strengthens and consolidates Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation hub. This growth will increase the demand for aviation talent in Hong Kong. Through the collaboration between HKIAA and HKAGE, early exposure to the aviation industry will significantly benefit the gifted students in planning their future careers.

HKIAA Becomes a Member of the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Steering Committee - 04 Oct 2023

HKIAA Becomes a Member of the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Steering Committee 

 

HKIAA has been elected as a member of the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Steering Committee (TPSC) for the upcoming term from 2024 to 2026.

 

The election was recently conducted by ICAO where the TPSC members were voted by ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS (TPP) members from around the world. HKIAA would like to thank the TPP members who have voted for us. We will continue our mission to nurture young talents and provide career advancement for the continuous development of Hong Kong’s aviation industry, as well as to develop a training hub that supports the sustainable growth of the aviation industry in the region.

 

Established in 2016, HKIAA became a member of TPP in 2017. In only six years, HKIAA has reached the highest level in the programme and achieved the Platinum member / Training Centre of Excellence (TCE) status in 2023. Throughout the years, HKIAA has actively developed training packages and hosted courses which attract participants from different regions. HKIAA is also an approved ICAO Aviation Security Training Centre (ASTC), ACI Accredited Training Partner and IATA Authorised Training Centre.

HKIAA Launches its First Cadet Pilot Programme - 11 Sep 2023

HKIAA Launches its First Cadet Pilot Programme

 

The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) today launched its first Cadet Pilot Programme, providing opportunities to aspiring talent with the ambition to become an airline pilot.

 

The 14-month Cadet Pilot Programme comprises a six-month theoretical knowledge instruction course provided by HKIAA, and an eight-month flying training at IASCO Flight Training School in California in the United States. Students who have completed the flying training will obtain a commercial pilot licence issued by the Civil Aviation Department after attending a multi-crew cooperation course in Hong Kong provided by Hong Kong Airlines, one of HKIAA’s partnering airlines. Hong Kong Airlines, HK Express and Greater Bay Airlines will offer preliminary job interviews for students, after which they may get conditional job offers from these partnering airlines.

 

Simon Li, President of HKIAA, said, “We are delighted to launch our first Cadet Pilot Programme, which focuses on nurturing high-quality airline pilots for Hong Kong, realising the flying dream for the youth. But this is only a debut for us. In the coming years, I hope that we can collaborate with local universities and industry partners to establish bachelor's or master's degree programmes in aviation, along with flying training, to allow young people to participate in the Cadet Pilot Programme while studying for their university degrees.”

 

Enrolment for the HKIAA Cadet Pilot Programme is now open. Interested parties can apply through HKIAA’s website http://www.hkiaAcademy.com for more information.

Simon Li, President of Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA), says the launch HKIAA’s first Cadet Pilot Programme, nurtures high-quality airline pilots for Hong Kong and realises the flying dream for the youth.
The course is cooperated with Hong Kong Airlines. Simon Li (second left), President of Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA), Jeff Sun (second right), President, Hong Kong Airlines, Captain Jack IP (first right), Director of Flight Training and Engineering of HKIAA, and Kenneth Leong (first left), Director of Flight Operations, Hong Kong Airlines.
Hong Kong Airlines provides a multi-crew cooperation course in Hong Kong for students who complete the flying training.
The Cadet Pilot Programme comprises a flying training at IASCO Flight Training School in California in the United States.
HKIAA signs MoU with HK Express and Greater Bay Airlines to Nurture the Next Generation of Airline Pilots - 07 Sep 2023

HKIAA Signs MoU with HK Express and Greater Bay Airlines to Nurture the Next Generation of Airline Pilots

 

On 7 September 2023, The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with HK Express (HKE) and Greater Bay Airlines (GBA), respectively, aiming to provide career opportunities to the pilots-to-be and establish a talent pipeline to the local aviation industry.

 

Recovery of the global aviation industry is in sight, and the demand for qualified pilots in Hong Kong and the Mainland is expected to remain strong. The HKIAA’s Flight Training and Engineering Training Centre leverages collaboration with industry partners to develop a series of highly effective pilot training, supporting the sustainable development of the aviation industry in Hong Kong and the region.

 

Mr Simon LI, President of HKIAA and Ms Jeanette MAO, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HKE, signed the MoU under the witness of Captain Jack IP, Director of Flight Training and Engineering of HKIAA, and Captain Rodrigo MAROCCO, General Manager, Training, Flight Operations of HKE. Mr LI then signed another MoU with Ms Liza NG, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of GBA, under the witness of Captain IP and Captain Kai CHUNG, General Manager of Flight Operations of GBA.

 

Mr Simon LI said, “The HKIAA will soon launch the Cadet Pilot Programme with an intention to nurture local airline pilots to meet the industry’s increasing demand for pilots. We are delighted the programme is well-supported by home-based carriers. Following the partnership with Hong Kong Airlines (HKA), HKIAA is pleased to have sought support from HKE and GBA to become the partner airlines to offer job interviews to the programme students. We hope this new course will inspire aspiring talents to join the profession, further reinforcing Hong Kong as a civil aviation hub and training centre.

 

Ms Jeanette MAO, CEO of HKE, added, “We are committed to continuing to nurture young local talents and invest in the long-term development of the Hong Kong aviation hub. As travel demand rebounds, we will continue to expand our fleet and our destinations. The collaboration with HKIAA provides a sound foundation for the development and talent supply chain in the aviation industry. We look forward to welcoming students with a passion for joining the aviation industry and becoming part of our team upon their graduation.” Ms Liza NG, COO of GBA, also welcomes the launch of the programme. “GBA’s network continues to expand since we commenced scheduled service in July 2022. I believe this programme will benefit the airline by nurturing more pilots as we are adding more destinations and growing our fleet to meet the market demand,” Ms NG said.

 

Under the MoUs, Hong Kong Airlines, HK Express and Greater Bay Airlines will offer preliminary interviews to the students of HKIAA’s Cadet Pilot Programme and interviews for the post of Second Officer to the graduates.

HKIAA Becomes an IATA Authorised Training Centre - 02 Aug 2023

HKIAA Becomes an IATA Authorised Training Centre 

 

The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) has been accredited as the Authorised Training Centre (ATC) by International Air Transportation Association (IATA). This accreditation follows the prestigious ICAO Platinum member / Training Centre of Excellence (TCE) status in the TRAINAIR PLUS Programme (TPP) and the recognition as an ACI Accredited Training Partner achieved in May 2023, further signifying HKIAA’s pivotal role in aviation training.

 

The agreement is signed by Mr Simon Li, the President of HKIAA and Mr Conrad Clifford, Senior Vice President and Deputy Director General of IATA at Aviation Day 2023, co-hosted by the IATA and Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) at AsiaWorld Expo on 2 August 2023. As an accredited ATC, HKIAA will now be able to offer IATA-authorised training courses.

 

Mr Li said, "We are privileged to obtain this latest accreditation from IATA as an ATC. Recognition and affiliation with ICAO, ACI and IATA, the world’s three key aviation organisations, affirm HKIAA’s leading position in providing learning and development in the aviation industry and encourage us to continue strengthening our capability to meet the training needs of the aviation ecosystem in Hong Kong, the Mainland and the region at large.”

 

HKIAA will continue to proactively promote collaboration with the Mainland and regional stakeholders in aviation training. With a view to supporting forecasted regional growth, HKIAA has been diversifying its training offerings for aviation professionals, including a commercial airline pilot training programme planned due to be launched later this year.

HKIAA Holds Matriculation Ceremony for Second and Third Batches of Mainland Students from the GBA Youth Aviation Industry Internship Programme - 31 Jul 2023

 HKIAA Holds Matriculation Ceremony for Second and Third Batches of Mainland Students from the GBA Youth Aviation Industry Internship Programme

 

On 31 July 2023, the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) held a Matriculation Ceremony for the GBA Youth Aviation Industry Internship Programme to welcome the second and third batches, a total of 100 students from the GBA to Hong Kong. This programme is organised by the HKIAA and relevant aviation training colleges from the Mainland, providing the students with a one-year programme that includes structured classroom learning at HKIAA and internships at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) with an aim to nurture and build up the talent pool in the GBA. Mr Lam Sai-hung, Secretary of Transport and Logistics HKSAR, Mr Fred Lam, CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), Mr Simon Li, President of HKIAA and senior management from participating airport business partners attended the ceremony, encouraging students to seize this valuable learning opportunity.

 

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Lam Sai-hung welcomed the GBA students coming to Hong Kong. He pointed out that the thriving regional aviation industry would need a pool of diversified talents to provide support. He said, “The Government launched the GBA Youth Aviation Industry Internship to encourage the exchange of personnel between Hong Kong and the Mainland for internship opportunities at different airports in the GBA, nurturing the next generation of aviation talent for the sustainability of the aviation development in the GBA.”

 

Mr Simon Li further added, “Working in such an international environment could help you enhance your communications skills with passengers coming from around the world and strengthen your understanding towards the daily operations of an international airport within a short period of time. After this one-year learning experience, I truly believe that you will all become an aviation professional.” Mr Li was grateful to the Transport and Logistics Bureau (TLB), AAHK and different authorities in the Mainland for their active facilitation and efforts in launching the internship programme. He also showed his gratitude to generous support from the airport communities, providing internship opportunities in various sections for the GBA students and joining hands to promote the robust development of the aviation industry.

 

Following the matriculation ceremony, Mr Lam and Mr Li had a tea gathering with four students to understand their internship in Hong Kong and share their experiences. They also encouraged the students to constantly make breakthroughs in the coming year, excel in their strengths and succeed in learning.

 

The first batch of 38 students from the Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology's Flight Attendant Faculty had arrived in May and started their one-year internship at four passenger handling agents at HKIA. The second batch of students from Guangzhou Civil Aviation College and the third batch from Guangdong Huawen Aviation Art Vocational School will start their internship at passenger handling agents and aviation security company after the first-week orientation. Students will undergo the hybrid learn-and-work training, receiving classroom training at HKIAA once a week that covers topics including Basic Airport Operations, Customer Services Excellence, Practical Aviation English and Communication Skills. HKIAA plans to extend this programme to aviation training colleges outside the GBA, attracting more young talent dedicated to developing their aviation career in the GBA. 

HKIAA Achieves ACI-ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Programme Dual Recognition - 31 May 2023

HKIAA Achieves ACI-ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Programme Dual Recognition 

 

The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) has been awarded the prestigious ICAO Platinum member / Training Centre of Excellence (TCE) in the TRAINAIR PLUS Programme (TPP), advancing from its previous Gold Full Member status. In addition to the recognition as an ACI-accredited Training Partner, HKIAA becomes the second organisation in the world to receive an ACI-ICAO TPP-Airport dual recognition after Incheon Airport. The recognitions were presented to HKIAA during the ICAO Global Implementation Support Symposium 2023 (GISS) hosted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and the Transport Republic of Korea in Seoul on 31 May 2023. 

 

Mr Simon Li, President of HKIAA, expressed his excitement, "We are honoured to receive the ICAO Platinum member / TCE in the TPP. HKIAA has provided a diverse range of programmes and courses to over 230,000 local, Mainland, and overseas participants since 2017. We are thrilled that our continuous efforts and active engagement with ICAO TPP are acknowledged. Looking ahead, we shall further innovate and expand our courses for regional aviation talent. We will strive to be the pioneer incubator to nurture and enrich industry specialists to serve the ever-growing aviation industry."

 

HKIAA has been a member of the ICAO TPP since June 2017, acquiring Full Membership and Gold Full Membership in 2019 and 2022 respectively. Since its inception, HKIAA has always been supporting ICAO TPP in its capacity-building efforts by delivering extensive ICAO training programmes. The ICAO Platinum / TCE is the highest recognition under the newly revamped Programme. 

 

In addition to receiving the recognitions, Mr Li was invited to speak at the Panel “The Future of Civil Aviation Training in a Digital World” at the GISS, sharing insights on the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation in aviation training and exploring how training institutions can embrace digital transformation and adapt to the changing landscape. After the panel sharing, HKIAA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oman Airports Management Company S.A.O.C (OMAC) to further strengthen the training partnership established last year. 

 

Looking into the future, HKIAA will continue proactively promoting collaborations in aviation training in the Mainland and around the region. To support the substantial industry growth in the Mainland, HKIAA has been strengthening aviation training for young talent, leveraging on its Greater Bay Area (GBA) Youth Aviation Industry Internship Programme debuted in May 2023, and a commercial airline pilot training programme planned to be launched this year. Following the success of the Advanced Master in Air Transport Management which is co-organised with Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC), HKIAA is working with ENAC to offer a new Advanced Master programme in Aviation Safety Management in Hong Kong, preparing aviation executives in the Mainland and belt-and-road regions to meet the challenges of their roles in aviation management.  

HKIAA Welcomes First Batch of Mainland Students from the GBA Youth Aviation Industry Internship Programme - 23 May 2023

HKIAA Welcomes First Batch of Mainland Students from the GBA Youth Aviation Industry Internship Programme

 

The GBA Youth Aviation Industry Internship Programme, organised by the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) and relevant aviation training colleges from the Mainland, officially commenced in Zhuhai on 10 May 2023. On 12 May 2023, the first batch of students from the Greater Bay Area (GBA) arrived in Hong Kong for a one-year programme that includes structured classroom learning at HKIAA and internship assignment to gain work experience at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

 

With the aim of nurturing young talent and building up the talent pool in the GBA, the programme echoes HKIAA's mission to support the continuous development of the regional aviation industry. Leveraging the extensive experience in providing the hybrid learn-and-work study model from its accredited programme, "Diploma in Aviation Operations", HKIAA offers a seamless programme, from student recruitment and securing job placements from business partners to job matching, classroom study, student coaching, and provision of student accommodation.

 

The first batch of 38 students from the Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology's Flight Attendant Faculty will start their one-year internship at four passenger handling agents at HKIA after the first-week orientation. Students will also receive classroom learning once a week that covers topics including Basic Airport Operations, Customer Services Excellence, Practical Aviation English and Communication Skills. 

 

Mr Simon Li, President of HKIAA, encouraged students to seize this valuable learning opportunity.  “With the practical skills that you will acquire from your internship and the in-depth knowledge sharing from our professional instructors, not only could you strengthen your work capability but also build up experience that will help you prepare for more exciting job opportunities to come.” Additional students from the Mainland will join the programme later this year.

HKIAA and HKA Sign MoU to Nurture Future Pilots for Hong Kong and the Mainland - 30 Mar 2023

HKIAA and HKA Sign MoU to Nurture Future Pilots for Hong Kong and the Mainland

 

On 30 March 2023, the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) and Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the intention of nurturing high-quality and well-trained commercial airline pilots for Hong Kong and the Mainland. The collaboration between the two organisations also aims to jointly reinforce Hong Kong's position as a regional hub for civil aviation training.


The long-term prospect of qualified pilots in Hong Kong and the Mainland is expected to remain strong, prompting the industry and academic institutions to urgently develop a well-planned flight training roadmap to attract aspiring talents and meet soaring industry demand. Leveraging HKIAA's extensive experience in personal development, HKA's flight training capabilities, and the advanced simulation training facilities of both organisations, this collaboration will maximise the synergy in fostering the next generation of commercial airline pilots for Hong Kong and the Mainland. Ultimately, this initiative will contribute to building a much-needed talent pipeline for the future of the aviation industry.


Mr Simon LI, President of HKIAA, and Mr HOU Wei, Chairman of HKA, signed the MoU under the witness of Captain Jack IP, Director of Flight Training and Engineering of HKIAA, and Captain Jeff SUN, President of HKA at the signing ceremony held on HKIAA campus. 


“Through partnerships with local tertiary education institutes coupled with approved flying schools in the Mainland or overseas regions, HKIAA plans to launch a series of commercial airline pilot training programmes starting this year,” said Mr Simon LI, President of HKIAA. “We are pleased that this plan is well supported by a home-based carrier. The signing of the MoU is a critical milestone that marks a new chapter for local commercial flying training, and provides potential entrants with an alternative to cadet pilot training in Hong Kong.” HKIAA is currently seeking approval from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department for CAD509(A) Flying Training Organisation authorisation, which will permit the cadet pilot training programme to be conducted in HKIAA. Upon completion of this cadet pilot training, graduates will receive job interviews from HKA for the post of Second Officer. 


Mr HOU Wei, Chairman of HKA further added, “In addition to our experienced trainers, Hong Kong Airlines boasts an 11-storey training edifice, furnished with world-class training facilities, inclusive of the CAE 7000XR full flight simulators qualified by Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and Civil Aviation Administration of China, and dynamic simulated cockpits to impart proficiency in diverse aircraft operations. Our utilisation of advanced technology and bespoke training curricula also ensures the provision of efficient civil aviation pilot training. We are committed to cultivating individuals with a deep passion for the aviation industry, and eagerly anticipate a close partnership with HKIAA to collaboratively share resources and nurture a new generation of aviation elites."


While the global aviation industry is on the path to full recovery, the long-term outlook for Asia-Pacific’s aviation sector is anticipated to be very promising. By partnering with HKA, HKIAA expects a substantial increase in the number of pilots, and aims to make a significant contribution to the aviation industry in Hong Kong and the Mainland.

HKIAA Honours Graduates of the AMATM, PDAM and DAO Programmes - 10 Mar 2023

On 10 March 2023, the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) held graduation ceremonies for its three distinguished accredited programmes –  the Advanced Master in Air Transport Management (AMATM), the Professional Diploma in Aviation Management (PDAM), and the Diploma in Aviation Operations (DAO), at AsiaWorld-Expo.

The celebration for the AMATM programme completion commenced with the opening remarks by Mr Lam Sai-hung, Secretary of Transport and Logistics HKSAR. Mr Fred Lam, CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK); Mrs Christile Drulhe, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau; Mr Richard Wu, Acting Director-General of Civil Aviation Department (CAD), Mr Simon Li, President of HKIAA, and Mr Nicolas Cazalis, Vice President of Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC) and other distinguished guests from local carriers and business partners also attended to witness the achievements of the graduates.

The 17 international graduates from Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka gathered from diverse backgrounds to receive their certificates from HKIAA President and ENAC Vice President.

Following the graduation ceremony, HKIAA also celebrated the inauguration of its Alumni Association, which aims to create a valuable platform for students, the Academy and the wider industry to explore mutual benefits and synergies.

The excitement continued in the afternoon as the PDAM and DAO graduation ceremony followed. Along with the presentation of graduation certificates, scholarship certificates were presented to recognise outstanding students. Mr Simon Li, on behalf of HKIAA, expressed gratitude to the business partners who supported and provided DAO students with placement opportunities. Their active participation and mentorship were essential to the success of the highly practical and vocational training programme, which is widely recognised by the entire aviation industry.

Graduate representatives from both programmes also delivered speeches to encourage graduates to continue advance their knowledge and pursue their aspirations. HKIAA looks forward to meeting all the graduates again in the future and hearing more about their journey in aviation. 

HKIAA and ENAC Sign MoU to Extend the Collaboration on Offering Advanced Master in Air Transport Management - 08 Mar 2023

HKIAA and ENAC Sign MoU to Extend the Collaboration on

Offering Advanced Master in Air Transport Management 

 

The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) and the Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 8 March 2023, setting out details of the cooperation in delivering joint programmes Advanced Master in Air Transport Management in Hong Kong. 

 


This Advanced Master has been launched since December 2017, with the aim of preparing aviation executives from Hong Kong, Mainland and Belt-and-Road countries to meet and enrich their expertise in air transport management together. 

 


The MOU was signed in Hong Kong by Mr Simon Li, President of HKIAA and Mr Nicolas Cazalis, Vice President of ENAC, under the witness of Dr Kenny Ma, Deputy Director, Programme Development of HKIAA and Ms Dominique Dubourg, International Dean of ENAC. 

 


The latest cohort of the Advanced Master Programme commenced in January this year with 30 students from Hong Kong, Mainland, Cambodia, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

HKIAA and CAUC Sign MoU to Forge New Partnership - 16 Dec 2022

HKIAA and CAUC Sign MoU to Forge New Partnership 

 

The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) and the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 16 December 2022. The agreement, with an aim to cultivate aviation professionals and hence contribute to the development of the Mainland’s aviation industry, leverages the strengths of both institutes in aviation training and cements collaborations between them on expertise and experience exchanges. Joint programmes, such as youth summer camps and professional courses in flight training, air traffic control and airport management, and more, will be explored to open opportunities for youngsters and help them develop a career in the aviation industry.

HKIAA and FSD Sign MoU to Nurture Emergency Response Specialists for Aviation Incidents - 20 Oct 2022

HKIAA and FSD Sign MoU to Nurture
Emergency Response Specialists for Aviation Incidents 

The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) and the Fire Services Department (FSD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 30 September 2022, with the aim of nurturing emergency response specialists for aviation incidents for the industry of the Belt and Road Initiative, and strengthening Hong Kong's status as an international aviation hub and a training centre with joint efforts.

 

With the HKIAA's extensive experience in personnel development, the emergency response capabilities of the FSD, and the advanced simulation training facilities of the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy, the collaboration will maximise the synergy effect in cultivating aviation emergency responders for the Belt and Road aviation industry and profoundly enhance the operational efficiency of the industry in handling aviation incidents

 

Witnessed by Mr CK Ng, CEO of HKIA Services Holdings Ltd., and Mr Andy Yeung, Director of Fire Services, the MoU was signed by Ir Simon Li, President of HKIAA, and Mr Ng Chan-leung, Deputy Chief Fire Officer (Operational Support and Professional Development).

 

Mr CK Ng said, “The full recovery of the aviation industry is on the way. With the anticipated growth of air traffic, the need for training in aviation emergency responses will gradually increase. Leveraging on the experiences and expertise of both the HKIAA and the FSD, the signing of the MoU is an important milestone that lays the foundation for supporting the aviation industry both locally and along the regions of the Belt and Road. It will also further consolidate Hong Kong's status as an international aviation hub and training centre.”

 

Mr Andy Yeung said, “The FSD's Airport Fire Contingent conforms to the recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to provide aerodrome emergency rescue and firefighting services at the Hong Kong International Airport. Moreover, the FSD's Aircraft Incidents Training Team proactively provides various training courses for the aviation industry of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area (GBA) to promote communication and mutual recognition of professional qualifications and to foster the development of the GBA.” 

Hong Kong International Aviation Academy Receives ICAO Gold Full Membership in TRAINAIR PLUS Programme - 25 Jul 2022

Hong Kong International Aviation Academy Receives ICAO Gold Full Membership

in TRAINAIR PLUS Programme

 

Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (the Academy) announced it has received the Gold Full Membership Certificate for the TRAINAIR PLUS Programme (the Programme) from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The certification has acknowledged the effort of the Academy in developing and delivering a blend of ICAO-compliant training packages. The Certificate was presented during the ICAO Global Implementation Support Symposium, held in Istanbul on 29 June 2022.

 

The Programme promotes global collaboration in aviation training. By providing a methodology that streamlines and standardises aviation courses, the Programme aims to support civil air transport in sustaining a safe, secure and steady development. Launched in 2010, the Programme has grown a broad member base, consisting of over 100 members across 70 regions.

 

“We are delighted to be awarded the Gold Full Membership by ICAO. Since the establishment of the Academy in 2016, it has provided numerous programmes and courses to over 180,000 local, Mainland and overseas participants, offering a broad, aviation-oriented curriculum that is specialised in five primary disciplines: Air Traffic Management, Airport Operations and Management, Aviation Security and Safety, Emergency Services and Crisis Management, and Foundation and Academic Programmes. We shall continue to work closely with our partners and affiliates, including various local or overseas educational institutes, and professional organisations, to expand our curriculum and introduce more internationally recognised courses that ultimately will support the regional aviation industry to reach its enormous potential,” Simon Li, President of the Academy commented.

 

The Academy was awarded the Associate Membership back in 2017, then advanced to Full Membership in 2019. Having met the criteria of the newly restructured ICAO membership division, the Academy is proud to receive the newly revamped ICAO Gold Full Membership, and is delighted to be acknowledged for its active engagement in promoting ICAO standards, in addition to its continuous efforts in delivering diverse operational and regulatory trainings.

 

The restructured TRAINAIR PLUS programme membership comprises four levels of recognition, including Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The Academy believes the new revamp will provide clearer direction for industry stakeholders to follow, and better serve modern aviation development.

 

The Academy has always been committed to implementing ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). Moving forward, the Academy will further support ICAO in its capacity-building efforts, via the extensive delivery of ICAO training programmes. The Academy will strive for a continuously thriving and sustainable aviation industry, with the goal of transforming itself to a Platinum Member, the highest status under the newly revamped Programme.

PolyU and HKIAA sign MoU to Cultivate Young Talents and Conduct Research for the Aviation Industry - 14 Jul 2022

PolyU and HKIAA sign MoU to Cultivate Young Talents
and Conduct Research for the Aviation Industry

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an aim of contributing to the local aviation industry by cultivating talents and conducting aviation-related research projects with joint efforts.

 

Leveraging HKIAA’s extensive experience in talent nurturing, together with PolyU’s competence in scientific research, the parties will work closely to develop training programmes for the aviation industry, as well as optimise the execution of such programmes and the collaboration in promotion. In addition, one of the highlights of the MoU is to jointly conduct aviation-related research projects. The pair is committed to exchanging professional knowledge and experience of training and research and sharing such resources as training facilities and flight simulators, so as to maximise the synergy to cultivate talents for the industry.

 

Witnessed by Prof. Wing Tak WONG, Deputy President and Provost of PolyU, and Mr CK NG, CEO of HKIA Services Holdings Ltd., the MoU was signed by Ir Prof. H.C. MAN, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, PolyU, and Ir Simon LI, President of HKIAA, at the signing ceremony held on PolyU campus.

 

The Dean of Faculty of Engineering at PolyU, Ir Professor H.C. Man said, “This is a timely collaboration between PolyU and HKIAA for professional human resources development in order to support the rapid and imminent growth of our aviation industry in Hong Kong. We will work on various professional training programmes as well as research and development projects to groom our young generation in Hong Kong to be the key stakeholders in this pillar industry.”

 

Ir Simon Li, President of HKIAA said, “We can foresee that the completion of the third runway system at Hong Kong International Airport in 2024 will create more opportunities. There is a greater need than ever for talented individuals to join the aviation industry. We look forward to working together with PolyU to attract, develop and nurture young talent to support the sustainable growth of the aviation industry in Hong Kong and throughout the region.”

 

In spite of the challenges faced by the global aviation industry due to the pandemic, it is believed that the new opportunities ahead for the development of the industry are substantial. Through the cooperation with HKIAA, PolyU expects to make contributions to the aviation industry in Hong Kong.

Inspiration Lands at the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy - 28 Mar 2022

Inspiration Lands at the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy

Inspiring Youth to Pursue the Dream of Aviation

 

The first-and-only homebuilt and registered aircraft in Hong Kong, named “Inspiration”, is now on a long-term display at the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy campus. The aircraft’s presence at the Aviation Academy reflects their shared goal of inspiring the younger generation’s interest in aviation and encouraging them to pursue their career in the industry.

 

This ”made-in-Hong Kong aircraft” first originated from locally born-and-raised Captain Hank Cheng, who has always dreamed of building his aircraft and flying it around the world in his childhood. Led by Captain Hank and Flight Engineer Gary Tat, the Inspiration team gradually grew to include 500 people, comprised of pilots, engineers, ground supporting staff, secondary school students, and other professionals from promotion and fundraising support. Following eight years of installation and test flights, Inspiration soared on its maiden flight at the Hong Kong International Airport on 15 November 2015. The aircraft embarked on its epic three-month Round the World journey on 28 August 2016 and returned to Hong Kong on 13 November 2016, having visited 45 airports in 20 countries around the globe. This remarkable Round the World journey represents an essential milestone in the history of Hong Kong aviation - the city’s first 100% homebuilt and registered aircraft travelling the globe with both its origin and destination in Hong Kong.

 

Inspiration carried the spirit of Hong Kong – the persistence in overcoming difficulties – around the world. By displaying the aircraft, flight logs and accessories at the campus, the Aviation Academy hopes to encourage their students and the younger generation to preserve amidst adversity to achieve their aviation dreams. The Aviation Academy will continue to uphold and advance its mission of endowing future generations with the knowledge and skills, nurturing youth to become future leaders in the aviation industry.

 

The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy, the first civil aviation academy in Hong Kong, was established by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) in 2016 and has become a member company of HKIA SHL, a subsidiary of the AAHK, in December 2019. The Aviation Academy has always been committed to creating a training facility for aviation practitioners and professionals in Hong Kong and around the region. To cope with future industry training demands, the Aviation Academy reorganises its curriculum and offers management, operations and specialised courses under five training centres: Air Traffic Management, Airport Operations and Management, Aviation Security and Safety, Emergency Services and Crisis Management, and Foundation and Academic Programmes. By continuously enhancing its curriculum, the Aviation Academy aspires to nurture more industry talents and support the sustainable growth of the regional aviation industry