The Selangor government is poised to lead the way in providing manpower for the country's aviation industry.

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said through the Selangor Smart Technical and Professional Skills Initiative (IKTISASS) programme, Selangor has successfully produced a good workforce that also earns high income.

He said the Boeing company estimates that the industry will need 790,000 pilots and 754,000 technicians in the next 20 years.

"Maybe IKTISASS can help the aviation industry. I see that the cost is high, about RM300,000 (to study) for several years to get a certificate or flying lessons to get permission to fly the aircraft as a pilot.

"Insya Allah, we are ready. We have a budget of RM15 million a year (through IKTISASS) which is mainly for other companies. If there is a demand, we can meet it. Maybe we can reduce the cost from RM300,000 to RM50,000," he told reporters after opening the Selangor Air Show (SAS) 2023 today.

In addition, Amirudin said Selangor will continue to explore the aviation industry by organising an SAS in Sepang on a larger scale in 2025.

"I am proud that this is one of our efforts to promote this industry. In the first Selangor Plan (RS -1), I mentioned that about 67 per cent of Malaysia's aerospace industry is based in Selangor, and I hope we can further promote it with the opening of the Selangor Aero Park in Sepang.

"In two years, we will expand it and maybe move from Subang to Sepang. Our aim is to achieve greater participation in 2025 without leaving our 'niche' which is 'general aviation' and 'business aviation', 'light aircraft' and helicopters," he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency