Monday, June 18, 2012

Aviation Schools in The Philippines (Not in Particular Order)

Philippine Airlines Aviation School

                   Started in the early sixties, the Philippine Airlines Aviation School takes pride in being the first Aviation School in Asia. 

Through the years, PAL Aviation School carried on the tradition of training excellence that made it the primary source of Philippine Airlines’ corps of PRESTIGIOUS, PROFESSIONAL and COMPETENT PILOTS. 
The PAL Aviation School has a fleet of 10 CESSNA 172 aircraft.  It also has one FRASCA 142 synthetic flight trainer.  Ground school training is held at the PAL Learning Center, Manila while flight training is held at Clark Field, Pampanga.

The core objective of the Pilot Training Courses offered by Philippine Airlines Aviation School is to teach aspiring pilots to be knowledgeable and proficient in flying through the application of extensive training techniques and procedures that meet the standards set by Philippine Airlines and required by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Courses offered: 

Pilot Trainees in the AB-Initio Pilot Training Program
Instrument Rating Training (Basic and Advance)
Flight Instructor Course 
Through these courses, Philippine Airlines Aviation School also aims to be the primary producer of skilled and globally competitive pilots in the world. 


Omni Aviation

               In 1993, the newly formed Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) established the Clark Development Corporation which was given the responsibility of rehabilitating and developing the former Clark Air Force base, which is now known as the Clark Free Port Zone (CFPZ).
Omni Aviation was organized in the early part of 1993 and was formally incorporated that August with the intention to lease and develop the premises of the Clark Aero Club, a 32-hectare aerodrome located adjacent to the main runways of the former Clark Air Force Base. In early February 1994, Omni Aviation Corporation signed a 25-year lease with the Clark Development Corporation. The lease is renewable for an additional 25 years when it expires in 2019. Over the years, the Omni Aviation Complex has literally risen from the ashes of Mount Pinatubo to become a lush aviation park unlike any other in the Philippines.
Omni was originally owned by five retired B-747 airline captains, one retired Airbus 320 Captain with combined aeronautical experience in excess of 250 years and approximately 170,000 flying hours. Five businessmen with interests in the fields of transportation, securities trading and finance,
manufacturing, and education among others, round out Omni's list of shareholders.
In the first quarter of 2011 an educational institution acquired ownership of a large portion of company stocks. An ambitious plan to significantly expand the operations is a foot.


Flight & Simulator Training, Inc. (Fly Fast)

         Flight And Simulator Training, Inc. (FAST, Inc.) was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 3, 1992. Is is also duly approved and licensed by the former Air Transportation Office (ATO) now the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

The new owners took over in February, 1997 and transferred the school to its new location at RPMCI Hangar. Currently it is operating one (1) Cessna 150, seven (7) Cessna 152, five (5) Cessna 172, one (1) Piper Seminole and one (1) Piper Aztec. It also operates one (1) ATC710 simulator and two (2) Elite P-135PCATD simulators for Single Engine and (1) ATC820M simulator for Multi Engine .


Clyclone Airways

         Cyclone Airways, Inc. was molded by people who are most passionate about flying, the Camposagrados. Our family has been in the aviation business for almost 50 years starting with the Camposagrado Air Taxi which was built on 1959 by Capt. Arsenio Camposagrado. Our name is trusted and respected in the Philippine skies. Since we care too much about flying, we therefore made it our business to ensure that our customers get the best service and education in aviation by ensuring the highest possible standards and safe flying techniques. We have won the hearts of our customers and gained their loyalty and adoration by serving with integrity, dedication and passion. We also won acclaim of the title, one of the “safest non-scheduled airlines in the Philippines” by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.


Masters Flying School

         MASTERS FLYING SCHOOL is dedicated to upkeep and upgrade  the standards of Aviation in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) policies, rules and regulations. In furtherance of  enhancing proper training of pilots, we have the responsibility of rearing our students to the highest standards and make them valuable and productive assets of society serving God, Country and Community. Since its inception Masters Flying School has produced professional pilots now serving various airlines and general aviation in the Philippines as well as in their own respective countries. Several batches of the Philippine Army Aviation Battalion are alumni of Masters Flying School and are now command pilots in their own institution. Foreign students include American, Bangladesh, Indian, Nepalese, Egyptian, Mexican, Papua New Guinuea, Chinese and Arab Nationals, all of whom are with good moral character and are now achievers in their prestigious endeavors after acquisition of their Commercial Pilot Licenses with Instrument Rating.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Baler, Aurora, Philippines from Above

           As the capital and oldest municipality of Aurora Province, Baler is the seat of government and the center for trade and industry. The most progressive town in Aurora, Baler commands the most resorts, public institutions and facilities, as well as business establishments.

           Aurora is a province blessed with an abundance of tourist attractions. It has its share of historical sights such as the home and resthouse of former Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon. The province also has a beautiful Catholic church and several historical markers. Its natural attractions include picturesque waterfalls, lush greenery on mountainsides, and panoramic beaches. Surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain climbing and trekking are only some of the activities a tourist can enjoy in Aurora.

Baler is blessed with the most serene shoreline.

View from the left wing of Cessna 152

Lovely Scene

Dr. Juan C. Angara Airport
Paliparang Dr. Juan C. Angara
Pagtayaban ti Dr. Juan C. Angara
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
ServesBaler, Aurora
LocationBarangay San Isidro, San LuisAurora
Elevation AMSL6 m / 20 ft

Over head Baler's Runway

Thanks to Wojtek and Sweden.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Aviation Photos

The following photos were taken by me and some of colleagues. 

RPUG - Lingayen Airport, Lingayen Panagsinan.

Lingayen Airport (Filipino: Paliparan ng Lingayen) (ICAO: RPUG) is the airport serving the general area of Lingayen, the capital of the province of Pangasinan in the Philippines. It is one of two airports in the province: the other being Rosales Airport. It is classified as a community airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. The airport was built by the Americans in 1945. Lingayen_Airport

Final Approach for Runway 13-RPLL ( Ninoy Aquino International Airport)

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Ninoy Aquino) or NAIA ( /ˈnaɪ.ə/), also known as Manila International Airport (IATA: MNL, ICAO: RPLL), is the airport serving the general area of Manila and its surrounding metropolitan area. Located along the border between Pasay and Parañaque, about seven kilometers south of Manila proper, and southwest of Makati, NAIA is the main international gateway for travelers to the Philippines and is the hub for all Philippine airlines. It is managed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), a branch of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).  NAIA

Flying over MOA. Taken last year as you can see, MOA Eye was still under construction by that time.

Bombardier of Airphil Express and Airbus of Cebu Pacific.

Cessna 152 on Final Approach

Cessna 152's and 172 at Vigan Airport Ramp

Vigan Airport (Mindoro Airport) / Ilocos Sur

Vigan airport is also known as Mindoro Airport despite being 450 kilometres North of Mindoro Island. Vigan Airport serves the historic Spanish city of Vigan, with its UNESCO Heritage Sites. Vigan is the capitol of Ilocos Sur province - a province distinct because of its mixture of dark and white sand beaches, shadowed from the morning sun by the dramatic Cordillera mountains along much of its coastline.

Will post more photos next time. Time for me to go back to work. :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Islas de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo, The Philippines

Carles is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines . According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 57,673 people. It is famous in Panay island for its rich fishing grounds and not to forget, beautiful beaches.

One of the many Islands of Carles.  This is a beautiful Island with should I say two shores? Yes, If you prefer to enjoy and relax in the calm waters, stay at this side. However, if you prefer rough seas, then head to the other side.

Locals call this as "Tanke" or tank since this looks like an artificial pool, pond, reservoir, or cistern, especially  used to hold water. Our guide says it is nice to visit the place during high tide as water decreases and no longer swim-able. I would say, this place is "enchanted".

This, on the other hand, a disappearing Sand Bar. During high tide you'll only a portion of this beautiful stretch of white sand extending into a body of water.  A big "T" as I may describe it.  You will fully appreciate this fantastic stretch of sand at low tide.

Here is a stunning stretch of sand, shallow water, a small island waiting to be explored.

Now, how to get there? I am not good in writing as you have noticed so you may check the following blog for detailed information: