Geneva, Switzerland on November 17, 2014 – Continental Motors Group (CMG), an AVIC International Holding Corporation company, is pleased to announce the grand opening of Zulu Flight Training (Zulu) in Geneva, Switzerland on November 6, 2014. This is the second location and first international location for Zulu, a dual-site flight training model with a simulator based curriculum located in convenient, high population centers. CMG has successfully operated its prototype site located in Spanish Fort, Alabama for two years. Like its predecessor, Zulu-Geneva includes a simulator training center with integrated aviation/pilot store in a city center that feeds pilot trainees to the more remote airfields for the aircraft based portion of training.
Zulu offers a private pilot license and instrument rating syllabus that utilizes the full motion simulation and scenario based learning as an integral part of the training. Unlike in an actual airplane, the lessons can be paused to review a topic and the student can easily be repositioned to repeat a maneuver, resulting in a much more efficient learning environment. Zulu-Geneva specifically tailored the operating model to partner with flight schools and flying clubs in the region utilizing existing instructors and training aircraft to best benefit the community and students.
“We have found the combination of simulator and aircraft flight training with specifically tailored training curriculum, available in a convenient location, has greatly increased the frequency and effectiveness of training for our students. This pairing in turn has enabled us to keep our student retention rates greater than 90%,” says Gloria Liu, General Manager at Zulu Flight Training. “Zulu Flight Training and Continental Motors aim to offer solutions for the aviation industry that faces challenges of diminishing private pilot population, and ever-increasing aircraft operating costs” continued Liu.
Zulu Flight Training’s method of private and instrument rated pilot training in population center facilities, close to where they live, work and study has solved the problem faced by all training organizations – students abandoning their training after just a few months due to busy schedules and lack of proximity to the airfield. Zulu allows its students to train more frequently with resource centers close to home where they can access instructors, reference materials, and supplies. Another key element of the flight training school includes Zulu and/or flight school/flying club partner owned training aircraft using Continentals other
products and services, including its successful line of avgas and diesel engines; and its customer focused MRO capabilities.
Zulu Flight Centers are also available as a venue for aviation related events. Zulu offers safety seminars; host aviation and professional groups; conduct lectures on current topics and regulatory changes; and provide pinch hitter courses, as well as help visiting pilots familiarize themselves with local airspace procedures. Zulu Flight Training Centers are aviation related meeting points that gather the community and participates in the development of future pilots.
AVIC International Holding Corporation was set up in 1979, with majority shares owned by Aviation Industries of China (AVIC). Headquartered in Beijing, AVIC International delivered over 147 billion RMB in revenue in 2013. The company has over 70,000 employees across 400 subsidiaries and is located in over 50 countries. AVIC International is a well diversified company, with holdings in International Civil Aviation, Trade & Logistics, Retail & High-end Consumables, Real Estate and Hotel Management, Electronics Manufacturing, and Natural Resource Development. More information can be found at www.avic-intl.cn.
Continental Motors Group Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong, China is a subsidiary of AVIC International Holding Corporation of Beijing, China. Its mission is to provide advanced gasoline and Jet-A engine products, spare parts, engine and aircraft services, and pilot training for the general aviation marketplace. Continental is an international operation employing approximately 450 team members in Mobile and Baldwin counties, Alabama, USA; 200 team members in St. Egidien, Germany; and 8 team members in Beijing, China. More information can be found at www.continentalmotors.aero.
Zulu Flight Training is a subsidiary of Continental Motors, Inc. located in Mobile, Alabama which is a subsidiary of Continental Motors Group. Zulu is a dual site flight school with its ground operations at the Eastern Shore Centre in Spanish Fort, AL and its airport operations at H L Sonny Callahan (KCQF) in Fairhope, AL. Zulu Flight Training embraces the FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) syllabus concept which is a scenario based training approach. For more information visit www.zuluflighttraining.com