New Digital First: Bhanu Choudhrie: Dealing with Post-Covid Economy

Commercial pilots are often the first to have the opportunity to learn about new technology, and AAG does not hesitate to adapt its techniques for the latest advances in technology and training. This has allowed Alpha Aviation Group to be ahead of the curve and give pilots an edge over their competition.

Many of the companies that AAG works with have already implemented innovations such as simulators to train pilots. However, Bhanu Choudhrie is also concerned about how quickly some airlines adopt these new training methods. For example, Alpha Aviation Group is currently working with British Airways to phase out their traditional training program and replace it with a digital-first simulator-based system. This decision was made in response to the fact that British Airways has seen a reduction in pilot training costs of up to 90% since they began using simulators.

While this may seem like a positive development, many airlines still have yet to make this change and continue using their traditional training method. The longer these companies wait before implementing these changes, the more expensive it becomes in the long run. As an example of how expensive this can be, Bhanu Choudhrie cites the case of a major international airline that was able to reduce its costs by over 200% by upgrading its training program.

Choudhrie is also concerned about how these changes will affect pilots who are already employed and trained under the traditional methods. While he acknowledges that there are not many options for these pilots, he does not believe it is fair to force them out of their jobs and into unemployment.

While many positive changes have been made across the aviation industry due to the AAG, there is also a lot of work to be done to address the issues that still need to be addressed. For example, Bhanu Choudhrie is worried about diversity within airline pilot training programs.

Currently, only one company has a program dedicated to providing training for female pilots. While this is an improvement from before Alpha Aviation Group was founded, it still leaves a lot of room for improvement. For example, there are over 100 companies that have programs that specifically cater to women and minority groups but do not have any programs for men or white people.

Bhanu Choudhrie is also concerned about how many female pilots are hired by airlines. Currently, women make up around 15% of all pilots employed by major airlines and less than 10% of all new hires in the industry.
Choudhrie believes this number needs to be even higher to correct the gender imbalance in pilot training. He feels more efforts are necessary to create new pilot training programs and upgrade current ones.