HKYAA Inauguration Ceremony
- Post 25 August 2012
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Hong Kong Youth Aviation Academy (HKYAA) blasted off with an inauguration event on 25th August 2012 at the Regal Hotel, Check Lap Kok International Airport. It was a long awaited moment for the members of HKYAA who had a vision of helping Hong Kong graduates climb their first rung of the ladder in their aviation career. This vision became a reality on 25th August when after a selection process of 200 applicants, 87 participants registered as the first students of the HKYAA programme.
After a brief registration process and the distribution of HKYAA polo shirts to each student, it was straight into the welcome speech by the Vice Chairman of HKYAA, Captain Anthony Fung. The Director of Technical Training, First Officer Anthony So, then gave an introduction to the Basic Phase Syllabus and the conduct of the lesson.. This was followed by ice-breaking activities and a short lunch break.
Captain Michael Chan, Controller from General Flying Services, made the opening speech of the inauguration and passed a few words of encouragement to the eager students. Captain Richard Hall, Director of Flight Operations Cathay Pacific Airways, and Mr Phil Parker, Training Officer Air Traffic Management HKCAD, both said a few inspiring words about beginning a challenging career in the aviation industry. Finally Captain Patrick Lau, Chairman of HKYAA, gave an account of his vision back in 2000 and after a decade of promoting this aim, he has finally realized a way to help more enthusiastic and talented Hong Kong youths begin their professional aviation career. The HKYAA Inauguration Event closed with the official activation of courses, souvenir presentation and group photos.
It is no coincidence that the HKYAA initiative is at the doorstep of an exponential expansion in the global aviation industry as the Professional Aviation Board of Certification published that 450,000 new pilots will need to be trained in the next 20 years. The director of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines elaborated that the asia-pacific region alone requires to train 184,000 new pilots and 250,000 aircraft technicians in the next 20 years, with China needing 72,000 and 110,000 respectively*.
*Data from Flight International, Flight Global