OMNI Aviation’s 25 Years of Flying Journey in Achieving Excellence
In 1993, who would have thought that a premier aviation academy would rise from the ashes of Mt. Pinatubo that would produce professional pilots, flight attendants, ground crew, and aircraft technicians in the country?
The determination of Captain Ben Hur Gomez led the makings of OMNI Aviation Corporation in creating dreams into reality for aspiring pilots. With its limited resources of owning just two Cessna 152 and Cessna 172, a runway, and an aircraft mechanics team, the captain pursued in building an avenue catering to the needs of future professionals in the aviation industry.
Everything starts from scratch and so did the Academy. From 2006 to 2007, OMNI started to boost its potential by upgrading from only four aircraft operation to a fleet of 21, expanding its reach and capabilities.
And not too soon, OMNI has introduced its first chief female pilot in the name of Captain Nicole Bautista to the aviation industry. It is in 2010 when the topnotch pilot joined the renown flag carrier in the country, Cebu Pacific. This just proves that OMNI is capable of producing world-class pilots regardless of the mindset that women cannot be part of an industry dominated by men.
Two years after, OMNI grew bigger and stronger as First Asia and Magsaysay became its principals forming a new leader, President and Chief Operating Officer, Steven Cesar Virata.
Jumping between 2013 to 2014, OMNI Approved Maintenance Organization was nodded by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). OMNI got bigger and better by the year as four more additional aircraft were brought paving way for the first batch of Pilot Training School’s Airline Cadet Training Program dubbed as the ACTP Batch Alpha.
For its 20th year, major change started as diversification came by in the conceptualization of the OMNI Airline Training Academy by introducing three new training schools namely: Airline Cabin Crew Training School; Airline Services Training School; and Maintenance Training Center.
The Academy has met global standards after being recognized as the only International Airport Transportation Association (IATA) Authorized Training Center (ATC) in the country.
Its training center started to expand as the Pilot Training School introduced a new system called Mustang Full-Motion Flight Simulator making it more easier for aspiring pilots to experience maneuvering an aircraft.
For the Airline Cabin Crew Training School, students will surely be confident to easily land a job as the Academy boasts an 90% passing bracket in the IATA exam.
Meanwhile, Amadeus Philippines has partnered with the Airline Services Training School, providing more support to each other.
The Maintenance Training Center has also introduced its Maintenance Training Plus Program designed to equip aspiring aircraft mechanics and avionics aspirants the knowledge and skills in the flight operations.
The Academy has never been better in 2016 as 200 trainees were produced by the Maintenance Training Center while graduates of the Airline Cabin Crew Training School were able to soar in their careers after the PALEx Cabin Crew Recruitment Roadshow held in OMNI.
OMNI also got stronger as the Airline Services Training School built its first partnership with reputable ground handler in Clark, the Clark Airport Support Services Corporation (CASSC). Partnerships didn’t end that year as Wipro Cebu entrusted OMNI for its IATA Foundation in Travel and Tourism training of their airline accounts providing more opportunities for its graduates.
The best has to come yet in 2017 when the Academy unveiled their first aircraft cabin-style audio visual room complete with aircraft seats and equipment. This new innovative facility has honed the skills of its cabin crew trainees in its teaching methods. The Airline Cabin Crew Training School has also brought its first training center in Quezon City, reaching more students in Metro Manila and provinces in the south. Another remarkable feat is their new aircraft inflatable slide which enables the addition of jump and slide practical module in the course of the school.
The Academy was then internationally recognized when it brought home the 2017 Asia Pacific Top Performing IATA ATC award. Realizing the demand from more trainees, OMNI yet again added 27 aircrafts to widen its services to its student.
And not only through resources but also in terms of partnerships as Oman Air made a pact after recognizing their potential and impact in the aviation industry.
In the same year, the Maintenance Training Center was acknowledged as the only CAAP Approved and Recognized Skill Test Facility in Region III. And just last year, OMNI consistently maintained its performance as it was again awarded as the Asia Pacific Top Performing IATA ATC.
The Academy has also continued its strong relationship with partner institutions adding in its list is the Flight Simulation Technique Center (FSTC) in India which is perfect for their Airline Cadet Training Program in crafting the online training module navigation system installed in the OMNI fleet for accurate location capability in every aircraft.
In addition, the Airline Cabin Crew Training School partnered with John Robert Power Philippines to further intensify its programs and achieved another milestone by establishing its third training center located in Makati City.Meanwhile, the Airline Passenger Service Agent Program has undoubtedly been a success for its number partnerships that have been made for the last quarter of the year.
With OMNI’s outstanding 25 years in service, hundreds of graduates has been served and brought to the industry as world-class professionals. It is undeniable that the Academy has offered excellence through its years of expertise and will make more impact in the aviation world.
Cheers to OMNI’s 25 years of excellent service to the industry!