Director of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Mr. Vanpheng Chanthaphone and Vice President of the Swiss NGO PACTEC International Mr. Gerald Bourgeois last month gave the first professional pilots trained in Laos their wings.
The six students – including one young woman – started their training at the Civil Aviation Flight Training Centre (CAFTC) in Vientiane in November 2014.
After a one-year preparation course they were selected for an intensive two-year flight training programme operated by PACTEC that prepared them for the Commercial Pilot’s Licence, Multi-Engine Rating and Instrument Rating.
Trained to international standards, these young men and woman will now join the ranks of Lao Skyway, which has another four pilots in training at the Lao Civil Aviation Flight Training Centre.
Lao Skyway is also in the process of selecting another four candidates to enroll in the Professional Pilot Training Course. This continued investment in human resources will pave the way for Lao Skyway to face the challenges of the Asean Single Aviation Market.
This historical event is the result of a long-term cooperation between the DCA, CATC, PACTEC and Lao Skyway and represents an important milestone for the aviation community in Laos.
PACTEC International is a humanitarian NGO registered in Switzerland and has been working with the Lao Department of Civil Aviation since 2004.
Originally from Vientiane Times.
On November 2nd 2016 PACTEC Laos celebrated the completion of the third Aviation Career Preparation Course (ACPC)! Together with officials from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and the Civil Aviation Training Centre (CATC) we heard a speech from the main course instructor, ate some delicious food and witnessed the proud students receiving their certificates. We said goodbye to 5 of our students as they will continue Helicopter training with the airline. The other 2 students have already started their flight training with PACTEC.
During this past school year of 2015/2016 our students and instructors have flown 749.6 hours and spent 122.3 hours in the Simulator!
“Six student pilots have been awarded the first private pilot licenses to be issued in Laos after passing the requisite theory and practical tests under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport’s Department of Civil Aviation.” Read the full article here:
Here is an article from the Vientiane Times, Issue 50 (Monday, February 29, 2016) regarding the signed “Memorandum of Understanding (M0U) that will initiate phase II of the pilot training programme” in Laos:
6 students passed their PPL test and received epaulettes!
The new Aviation Career Preparation Course started in December 2015. Here is a photo of class and their ground school instructor:
In the past few weeks, students were able to take their first solo flights. This is a proud moment for each student.
The March 3, 2015 edition of Vientiane Times has an article about the first woman trainee pilot. Ms. Phinanong Leusasinh is the first female pilot from Laos and the training program is a collaboration between PACTEC, the Department of Civil Aviation, the Civil Aviation Training Centre, and Lao Skyway. Read the article »