Subscribe Free
in Training / Features

GAA’s decade of success… with much more to come

Posted 30 October 2020 · Add Comment

Originally part of Gulf Air, when Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) launched as an independent aviation training facility in 2010, it became the first European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved training organisation (ATO) outside Europe.

Imposing: GAA has claimed a number of training ‘firsts’ at its facility in Bahrain.

In that first year, the academy also gained EASA 147 approval for its engineering programmes and became a UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) cabin crew training organisation.

Ten years later, GAA offers a range of courses for pilots, cabin crew, ATC, engineering, security, airport operations and ground training, as well as management and maritime qualifications.

CEO, Captain Dhaffer Al Abbasi, said: “Massive investment has taken place since 2010. GAA invested more than $80 million dollars in equipment and renovation of the facilities to ensure compliance with international standards. We have built confidence with regional bodies and are compliant with civil aviation authorities across the Gulf, including Kuwait, Saudi, the UAE and Oman.

“The initial investment was in three new full-flight simulators (FFSs), which was later expanded to six, with one positioned in Amsterdam to complement the market for that specific Embraer aircraft.

“The classrooms were renovated and the facilities extended by 75%.

“We have upgraded our engineering labs and incorporated augmented reality into our aircraft engineering training programme, provided through our collaboration with KLM training E&M’s NUVEON project for the Boeing 787 and 777, in addition to Rolls-Royce and Pratt and Witney aircraft engine programmes and various aircraft systems.

“Additionally, we have invested in a range of cabin crew training equipment to keep abreast with the latest aircraft technology, such as the Boeing787 door trainer.”

GAA has recently invested in a fourth A320 FFS in Bahrain, to support A320 type rating for pilots, reflecting the influx of the aircraft to the region.

Around 25% of GAA’s training programmes are devoted to Gulf Air, but other clients include European flag-carriers, private and business jets, military operators and airports.

The academy has seen major growth, particularly in ground and pilot training. Al Abbasi said: “Ground training has been steadily growing as all airport staff are obliged to pass a mandatory aviation security (AVSEC) training programme. The growth in pilot training is due to rapid airline expansion in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent.”

The academy has seen a change in both age and gender in student demographics. Al Abbasi explained: “We noted an increase in younger people aspiring to be part of the aviation field, as well as more females. We welcome this change and believe it is essential to reflect equality and empower women to have a major role in all fields.

“A main driver for this change was the ability to have the training programmes based in Bahrain, as previously much of the training was provided abroad.”

Early last year, GAA announced a partnership with CAA International.


Other Stories
Latest News

Oman Air to resume Jeddah flights on August 11

Oman Air will resume flights to Jeddah on 11 August, 2021. The twice-weekly flights will operate on Wednesday and Saturday.

Commercial aircraft aftermarket parts market worth $51.14 Billion by 2026

The global commercial aircraft aftermarket parts market size is estimated to reach USD 51.14 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period, according to a new study published by Polaris Market Research.

Qatar Airways monitors the significant condition across its Airbus A350 fleet

Qatar Airways has released a statement regarding its regular checks and safety and security implementations of its Airbus A350 aircraft.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi starts services to Tirana and Sarajevo

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has added two new destinations to its network; Tirana in Albania and Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The flights to each destination will commence on September 11 and October 3 respectively.

Air France KLM appoints new general manager for Middle East

Air France KLM (Middle East) has announced the appointment of Simon Scholte as new general manager for the Middle East region, based at the regional headquarters at Dubai Airport Free Zone.

Emirates announces interline partnership with Mexico´s Aeromar

Emirates and Aeromar have announced that they have entered into an interline partnership which will provide seamless connectivity for customers between destinations in Mexico and United States via Mexico City to Emirates’ global

WDS SK2601090322
See us at
Aviation Africa 2021 BTOCAviation MENA 2022DAS21_BTWorld Defence Show 2022