Singapore Flying College

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Singapore Flying College
Crest of the Singapore Flying College
Founded 1988
Headquarters SIA Training Centre - Singapore
Other Training Facilities Jandakot Airport, Australia
Field Commercial Pilot License with Multi Engine and Instrument Rating (CPL ME/IR)

Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL)

Website www.sfcpl.com

The Singapore Flying College (Abbreviation: SFC) is a CAAS approved flight school based in Singapore. Established in 1988 under the Singapore Airlines Group, it is the training school for cadet pilots with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot and Singapore Airlines Cargo.

The SFC headquarters is located at SIA Training Centre, Singapore, in close proximity to Changi Airport and is where the ATPL ground training phase is conducted.

On successful completion of Ground Training Phase, cadets subsequently move to SFC's other training facility at Jandakot Airport in Perth, Western Australia to continue with their Flight Training.

Singapore Flying College operated a third training centre at Sunshine Coast Airport, Maroochydore. However, due to changes in pilot training curriculum, it was shut down in March 2014 after operating for twelve years.[1]

Fleet[edit]

The Singapore Flying College fleet consists of the following aircraft:[2][3]

Singapore Flying College fleet
Aircraft Total
Cessna 172R G1000 10
Piper PA-44 Seminole 3

A mix of analogue as well as EFIS-equipped Cessna 172s for primary flight training and the Piper PA-44 Seminole for the multi-engine phase.

Historically, SFC used to operate Cessna 152 aircraft out of Seletar Airport. These were phased out by April 2010 and replaced by the Cessna 172. In Jandakot, cadets used to fly the Beechcraft Bonanza as an interim trainer between the Cessna 172 and Beechcraft Baron phases.

Advanced Flight Training (AFT) was previously conducted on light jets to give cadet pilots an introduction to jet and multi-crew operations.

Initially, the Learjet 31 was based out of Singapore Changi Airport. In July 1997, one such plane crashed in Ranong, Thailand, which resulted in the deaths of the cadet and his instructor.[4] This prompted the company to replace the it with the Learjet 45, which came equipped with Ground Proximity Warning System. The training base was relocated to Sunshine Coast Airport at Maroochydore in 2002. In 2010, the Learjet 45s were replaced by the Cessna Citation Mustang C510s.[5]

In July 2013, the decision was made by the Singapore Airlines Group to scrap the AFT phase and conduct the Multi-Crew Cooperation/Jet Conversion Course as well as line training in Level-D Simulators at SIA Training Centre instead. All jet trainers have been phased out.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Staff laid off as $50m jet training college closes doors". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  2. ^ "CASA - Civil Aviation Register"
  3. ^ List of Aircraft on Singapore Register"
  4. ^ ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 31 9V-ATD Ranong
  5. ^ Australian Flying: Mustang arrives at Singapore Airlines training college