November 07-10, 2023


Site Visit & BOI AVR Meeting

The field of aviation is a fast-paced industry growing in multitudes of technological advancements with the constant pursuit of creating sustainable and efficient innovations. The aviation industry is at the forefront of improvements in aircraft design, engine efficiency, navigation systems, communication technologies, safety features—the list just goes on. 

An Industry Visit by officials from the Airbus company, Philippine Board of Investments and Aerospace Industries Association of the Philippines (AIAP), together with representatives from various industries such as Acatech Group PNG, Dornier Technology, Daiwa Seiko, Collins Aeroscope and Chermel Philppines, Inc. came to PATTS College of Aeronautics last November 7, 2023 for a facility tour and to converse in a round table discussion about a possible Industry-Academe Collaboration on training opportunities, as well as expand partnerships.

The eventful visit was attended by Mr. Jussi Hoikka (Chief Representative to the Philippines and Managing Director, Airbus Helicopters PH, Inc.), Ms. Alessandra Erre (International Cooperation and Offset, Airbus SAS), Ms. Melissa Jamin (Investment Specialist, Heavy Industries Division Manufacturing Industries Service, Philippine Board of Investments), Ms. Beatriz Layes (Investment Specialist - Europe, Middle East and Africa Division, International Investments Promotion Service, Philippine Board of Investments), Mr. Jonathan Palma (President, ACATECH Group PNG), Mr. John T. Lee (Chairman, Aerospace Industries Association of the Philippines, President, Applied Machining Corporation), Mr. Willie Estoque (Executive Director, Aerospace Industries Association of the Philippines), Mr. Alberto Gabuyo (Supervisor, Production Engineering, Daiwa Seiko), Mr. Johnyfer Balajadia (Section Specialist, Production Engineering, Daiwa Seiko), Ms. Rhea Villanueva (Business Unit Head, Aircraft Seating & Human Resources Director, Collins Aerospace), Ms. Lora Lorenzo (QA/QC Manager, Cherimel Philippines Inc.), along with PATTS College Officials, Engr. Jose Eduardo S. Valdez (College President and COO), Atty. Anna Katrina V. Cruz (VP for Administrative Affairs), Dr. Emelita I. Javier (VP for Student Affairs), and Engr. Joy Cosme G. Amores Jr.  (VP for Academic Affairs).

Airlines, manufacturers, and regulatory bodies work together to push the boundaries of what is possible in aviation. In a presentation made by Airbus, they have discussed their goal in fuel efficiency and its long-term industry viability. They aim to achieve that by the year 2050, Airbus will have zero carbon emissions. Sustainability has become a key focus in the aviation sector. 

The collaboration of Airbus with PATTS seeks to bridge the gap between academia and industry within the aerospace sector. It serves as a catalyst for innovation, knowledge-exchange, and the development of solutions in the realm of aviation and aerospace.