Academy spreads its wings to India, Saudi Arabia
BINTULU: Gulf Golden International Flying Academy (GGIFA) is to expand its operation overseas — in India and Saudi Arabia — by setting up branches as part of its target to achieve a university status by 2012.
GGIFA executive chairman Datuk Morshidi Abdul Rahman said yesterday they have a serious discussion with interested parties in both countries pertaining to the company’s intention to set up its branches overseas.
He said it would help to expand its progression, and as a result by January next year more cadets from the Middle East and India in particular were expected to train in Bintulu or at its establishments in the country.
“On the belief that nothing is impossible, we have bigger plans and will in the near future plan to be the leader in aviation training industry,” he said, adding that they hoped to turn Bintulu campus including the airport into an International Aviation and Aerospace University of Malaysia.
“Together with assistance from Ihsan Al-Shaikh who will partner us in our venture in Saudi Arabia and some interested and influential investor, it is my hope that this will be a reality.
“Today we are very sure that GGIFA College is definitely the name to be reckoned with in the aviation training industry in the Asia Pacific region having grown to what we are today starting only with seven students to 150 students now,” said Morshidi at the college’s first graduation ceremony for its first and second batches of Commercial Pilot Licence/Instrument Rating (CPL) with Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Frozen course at BDA Auditorium.
A total of 16 students have completed their studies and graduated as full-pledged pilots.
According to Morshidi, the students have gone through the tough training phases to be a qualified CPL as well as ATPL holder.
Housing and Urban Development Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg who represented Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud officiated at the ceremony.
In tandem with the college’s expansion, there was also a signing of an agreement for the purchase of Seneca III FNTP II by GGIFA from Mechtronic Canada.
“The purchase would be helpful for us to handle our Multi Engine Instrument Rating Training requirements,” he added.
He added GGIFA was proud to be associated with Mechatronic and hoped to purchase an MCC simulator once its new campus was completed.
Representing Mechtronic Canada during the purchase agreement signing was Jean Pierre Clercin.