Bhanu Choudhrie Believes In A Diverse Workforce for Airline Pilots
Bhanu Choudhrie is known for his investments in the hospitality industry. He is founder of Alpha Aviation Group a pilot training program in the Philippines and United Arab Emirates that is ISO certified. When he learned that would be a pilot shortage over the next several years, he founded the Alpha Aviation Group. He funded it through his private equity firm.
He says that the emerging middle class in countries in Asia and Africa have created a need for aviation. Bhanu Choudhrie realizes that following the trends in aviation has helped him succeed in his endeavors. More pilots in the US will be retiring in the aging baby boomers group and this may be another opportunity to provide training to new pilots.
Their program trains pilots to manage all critical and emergency situations. They hire experts that design program that cover all the bases. One of their biggest achievements is placing pilots with airlines like Jetway Airs, Air Arabia, and Cebu Pacific. The annual revenue is $20 million.
Bhanu Choudhrie believes in giving back to the community. He is director of a charity that helps children living in poverty gain access to educational opportunities. Another area that is tackling is providing more opportunities for women to become airline pilots. His training center in the Philippines recently graduated their first class of all female students.
The company visits universities to discuss their training program for women as pilots. They offer scholarships to some candidates to offset their financial burden. They trained one of the first women pilots to work for Air Arabia. Special training geared to women is another technique they use to attract candidate.
Overall Bhanu Choudhrie believes that encouraging women and other un-represented groups to become pilots will improve the chance of filling the shortage of pilots that is coming in 20 years. His training program will continue to work on solutions to this problem.