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Old 15th Jun 2009, 08:58
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Gulf Aviation Academy (Bahrain)

Talal Al Zain the CEO of Mumtalakat says Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) will be operational by the end of 2009 and that you'll be able to learn to fly towards your ATPL in Bahrain on an abintio programme without having to leave the country.

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Mumtalakat signs BD6m Cadet Pilot Training Program agreement with Tamkeen and Bahrain development Bank

Bahrainis aged from 18-30 years old will now have the opportunity to acquire the highest standard of pilot license thanks to a new agreement announced today to create a Cadet Pilot Training Program between Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) and Tamkeen (Labour Fund).

Under the terms of agreement, pre-selected Bahraini graduates will be able to undertake internationally certified commercial pilot training programs by attending Mumtalakat's soon to be launched pilot and crew training subsidiary, Gulf Aviation Academy. BDB will offer loans to cadets and Tamkeen will pay the interest of the loans. With a total budget of more than BD6m from BDB and Tamkeen, the program aims to train 100 pilots starting July to qualify for their Airline Transport Pilot's License (ATPL).

Talal Al Zain, CEO of Mumtalakat, said:
"This is an excellent initiative for Bahrainis and for the nation's economy. By working together, Mumtalakat, BDB and Tamkeen can offer Bahraini graduates the opportunity to train for their commercial pilot's license in Bahrain rather than training abroad. It also offers a great opportunity for our new subsidiary, Gulf Aviation Academy, which will offer pilot and crew training to Bahrainis and airline personnel from across the region. Commercial piloting is a high value job and will generate significant social and economic benefits for Bahrain's economy and help to meet the growing demand for pilots regionally. This is the first step in a long-term government strategy to help develop Bahraini skills and talent for the aviation industry. We're delighted to be playing our part in supporting the nation's 2030 Vision."
Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) (under formation), will be the first aviation academy to be based in Bahrain and will manage the program, which is scheduled to commence towards the end of 2009. The program will be Ab-initio ('from the beginning') to qualify Bahraini graduates with no previous flying experience and have demonstrated the unique qualities needed to be a commercial pilot and able to handle the intensity of the 16-19 month course.

'This agreement will enhance efforts towards training personnel for the aviation industry,' said Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) CEO Mr. Nedhal Al Aujan. 'It will also support and enhance the Pilot Training Financing Program launched by the BDB late 2007.'

Al Aujan added, 'The new programme offers financial support to Bahraini graduates who wish to join the Gulf Aviation Academy which is currently under development by Mumtalakat. Tamkeen will be responsible of paying the interest of the financing which reflects the integrated role of the three parties towards implementing this program.'

'The BDB is working to achieve closer integration between financing and training to develop the national human resource in line with the Bahrain Economic vision for 2030, by creating a network of supporting companies with the same goal, illustrated today's announcement. The programme will be particularly important in meeting the increasing demand of the commercial aviation sector and the demand for the pilot training financing program launched by the bank in 2007, which has now funded 100 cadets, having disbursed BD3.3m of funding,' he stated.

Abdulelah Al Qassimi, Chief Executive of Tamkeen, commented, 'At Tamkeen our focus is very much on developing the skills of Bahrainis and making them the employees of choice in the private sector. That is why we have till date invested more than BD43m in training them for a huge range of careers from nurses and aeronautical engineers to accountants, IT professionals and call-centre staff. To date more than 19,000 young Bahrainis are being targeted to benefit from Tamkeen's initiatives of which 6000 are in our current programmes.'

Al Qassimi added, 'Therefore we are proud to be part of this agreement with Mumtalakat and BDB, which is presenting this opportunity for Bahrainis to enter the field of aviation. We continually strive to increase awareness of our extensive project work with graduates and training, career progression and employment programmes that we run for young Bahrainis.'

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Old 15th Jun 2009, 16:33
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I would imagine not good news for the Jordanian Flight Schools, who currently train the BDB sponsored cadets!
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Old 15th Jun 2009, 16:52
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I found more details. I think the setup has something to do with Oxford Aviation as is clearly visible from the attached application form.

Introduction [word document]

Application form [pdf]


Questions I'd like answered are:

1. Will 100% of the training be conducted in Bahrain?
2. What airport do they plan on using as their training base?
3. What airports will they be using for cross-country flights?
4. What aircraft are they going to be flying?

5. Will changes be made to Bahrain's airspace? You cant overfly Bahrain.
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Old 17th Jun 2009, 08:42
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Hey Mike.Park, Just wondering if the Gulf Aviation Academy has any official website or places for recruitment of staff. Been searching on line and I know they are accepting students, but what about Instructors??? Can't find any info on this.
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Old 17th Jun 2009, 09:31
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Not that I'm aware of.

Get in touch with Mumtalakat as they're heavily involved.
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Old 17th Jun 2009, 13:22
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Bit premature Bluesky1 but watch this space...
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Well it appears that www.GulfAviationAcademy.com hasn't been registered yet. There are no MOIC records for a company formation under the name of 'Gulf Aviation Academy' either.
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Gulf Aviation Academy see strong demand from future Bahraini pilots

More than one hundred enthusiastic graduates and other individuals interested in pursuing a career in aviation have already visited the Gulf Aviation Academy in Muharraq to apply for the Ab-Initio program (High Flyer).


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More than one hundred enthusiastic graduates
Graduates of what?
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Old 22nd Jun 2009, 21:30
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Graduates of what
Spotty teenagers fresh out of school maybe?

Not sure if an investment of 6 million dinars in exchange for training 100 pilots is value for money.
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Update in figures;

102 Applications in 2 days.

10 Students each batch - starting from September.

100 Pilots total for 09/10
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Old 23rd Jun 2009, 07:03
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are they all going to end up with GF?
How all this is going to work, who is going to pay for their taining?
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How all this is going to work
No idea. Lots of unanswered questions.
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Old 23rd Jun 2009, 20:38
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Hello,

No - They will not all end up with GF. Some will end up with 2B, some with G9 and some without jobs

BDB will be paying them and after you graduate you start paying them back regardless you were chosen or not.
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Just got off the phone with GAA.

There will be no flight training in Bahrain. Apparently that's a long-term objective so the first few batches will be whisked off to "Oxford university academy" in the UK. She probably meant OAA.

Anyhow, if anyone has any questions their telephone number is:

+973 17-357777
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What is the role of Mumtalkat in this scheme?!... They are the owner of Gulf Air and I think they should grantee a job for the cadets other wise it is a waste of time.

Will they provide a pocket money?

BDB doesn't care whether you employed or not…. no wonder it is a bank.

It seems nothing was planed properly specially for the first scheme with Clark aviation 2007 where no body got a job yet and some others are wasting their money in Jordan.


My advice to you guys to open your eyes clearly before going to adventure that full of chaos.

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What the role of Mumtalkat in this scheme?!... They are the owner of Gulf Air and I think they should grantee a job for the cadets other wise it is a waste of time
Interesting thoughts...

In this business (flying) there are no gurantees, you have to prove your abilities. It is the only game in the world where your licence, or job if you like, is on the line every 6 months. Secondly, your own life and those of your passengers are also on the line if you get it wrong, in other words beyond the percieved glamour, there is a serious amount of responsibility and hard work required that remains throughout your career.

So, as a potential pilot the above should be clearly understood. There are no freebies, its pass or fail. Furthermore, if anyone is considering borrowing 60,000 dinars to pay for their training because of a flashy brochure, I suggest they think very carefully about what they are tieing themselves into and their motivations for wanting the job.

Is it a good job, yes it's a great job.
Is it glamourous, no.
Is it easy, no.
Is it hard work, yes.
What happens if you loose medical peranently, you loose your licence and job permanentally, no matter how much you paid for it.

My advice to you guys to open your eyes clearly before going to adventure that full of chaos.
Probably the best thing you said was to 'open your eyes', in other words be careful, the only gurantee is that you will have to pay back the loan regardless of how successful you are.

Good luck to all.
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Gulf Aviation Academy's High Flyer Program Taking Off


01 July 2009

More than 300 applications have now been received by the Gulf Aviation Academy ("GAA") (under formation) for its High Flyer Program, it was announced today. The High Flyer Program offers young Bahrainis the opportunity to train to become commercial pilots. The number of applications by male and female Bahrainis had already exceeded expectations prior to the BD6 million program's deadline of 25 June for the first batch of students.

100 applicants will be selected to undertake the screening process which will be held at GAA's premises in Muharraq during the coming two weeks. Selected applicants will be contacted by GAA for information on screening date and time.


The program will train up to 100 cadet pilots to qualify for their Airline Transport Pilot's License ("ATPL") over 16-19 months. Led by Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company ("Mumtalakat") in partnership with Bahrain Development Bank ("BDB") and Tamkeen (Labor Fund), the High Flyer Program will enhance efforts towards training Bahrainis for the aviation industry to meet the increasing demand of the commercial aviation sector and to also create economic benefits for Bahrain as a whole.


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I don't agree with the way screening is going to take place.
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Are they going to select only 100 from the 300 applicants to do the assessment ?

If that is the case how the program will train up to 100 cadet pilots on last quarter of 2009?
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It sounds ill-thought out to be honest.

Of the 300 applicants, around 100 of them will be invited to go through the selection process.

The selection process costs BD200 and those invited will have to cough up the cash.

a. Where's the financial sense in limiting 100 'wannabes' to go through the selection process when they're paying for it? Why not allow all 300 applicants to prove themselves and go through the selection process. 300 applicants x BD200 = BD60,000

b. They run the risk of neglecting good talent by dwindling down the numbers BEFORE they get the chance to go through the selection process. Why not narrow down the numbers based on the results of the selection process?
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