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Oxford Aviation Academy acquires Australia?s leading ab initio training provider.


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Oxford Aviation Academy
: 30 September, 2008  (Company News)
Oxford Aviation Academy ("OAA’) has acquired General Flying Services ("GFS’), the leading abinitio airline pilot training organisation in Australia. The acquisition, backed by STAR Capital Partners, is a key strategic addition to the Group’s "Aviation Training – ab initio’ division which also comprises the former Oxford Aviation Training, one of the worlds’ largest and most respected airline pilot training schools.
respected airline pilot training schools.
Operating from two airports in Melbourne, GFS is the largest supplier of quality airline pilots in Australia. The school trained approximately 330 cadets in its last financial year and plans to grow these numbers to over 500 pilot graduates over the next few years as part of the OAA Group. It is well known for its long established relationships with flag carrier Qantas, as well as offering pilot training educational courses in partnership with two major local universities in Melbourne. Not only does GFS serve the domestic Australian market, the school also conducts training for a significant number of airline cadets from South East Asia, China and the Middle East.

The business adds significant scale and geographic presence to OAA’s ab initio training
capability, enhancing the Group’s service offering in the high growth Australia and Asia Pacific region. It complements the type rating simulator centre at Hong Kong International Airport (A320, A330 / 340 and B737NG) and the significant presence that recently acquired Parc Aviation (the global market leader in flight crew leasing to airlines) already has there. In a region where the training and supply of high quality pilots is in great demand, OAA will have the capability to offer many airlines fully integrated pilot supply and training solutions.
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