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Bright Future for Aviation Industry Ahead

PAMPANGA Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. Chairman Emeritus Levy P. Laus foresees a brighter future for the International Aviation Industry in the Clark Civil Aviation Complex. Laus anticipated a big demand for Pilots and other Aviation-related Jobs in the coming years.

A licensed Helicopter Pilot himself, Laus said more jobs will be made available for pilots. This, as the Clark International Airport and its stakeholders blaze the trail for the growth of the aviation industry in Central Luzon anchored on the development of the Clark Civil Aviation Complex. There are numerous flying schools now operating in Clark such as the Omni Aviation and now the CebPac’s flying school where state-of-the-art simulators for commercial aircraft are available to train future pilots.

The Filipinos have an edge in the aviation industry because of our grasp of the English language which is required in aviation training. Other nationalities like Russians and even Indians have difficulty speaking English.

I remember the mid-air collision sometime in November 1996 when I was working as sub-editor of Saudi Gazette in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. At least 350 people were killed when a Boeing 747 Saudia Airlines Flight 763 collided with a cargo plane, an Ilyushin IL-76 of the Kazakhstan Airlines, above New Delhi in India. The alleged problem: The Russian pilots have minimal training in English.

The New Delhi control tower at the Indira Gandhi International Airport gave different heights for the two aircraft but the Indian airport was apparently having language difficulties among Russian Pilots. Even the Indians have had difficulties speaking comprehensible English, thus one of the worst aviation disaster happened above the Airspace of India.

Saudia Airlines Flight 763 bound for Jeddah and the Ilyushin cargo plane bound for New Delhi collided in mid-air and went down in fireballs.

Passengers were strewn like rag dolls above the Indian air space onto wooded farmland 60 miles west of India’s capital. I refused to fly via a Saudia Airlines flight since that mid-air collision and instead flew Singapore Airlines every year when I go for vacation.

Speaking to reporters during a meeting at Gracelane, Laus also sees a rosy picture for the economy. “2013 is a promising year for the Philippine economy,” according to Laus. He said that the country is among the Top 10 of growing economies in Asia which is largely anchored on the so-called “mobile economy.” The continuing demand for OFWs and the remittance continues to accelerate.

Laus said we should strive to “enhance the attractiveness of the country as an investment haven.”

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