Plana has signed an agreement with Gloria Aviation to develop a joint business and train AAM industry talent.
Through the agreement, the companies will establish an education program and qualification standards for AAM aviation workers, and conduct research and development on maintenance and operation methods for the AAM aircraft. They will also start working on the AAM Air Operator Certificate (AOC) standards.
Gloria Aviation, the first to operate an aviation-specialized school in Korea, conducts various aviation-related education and research as well as training pilots and maintenance technicians.
“The aviation industry is facing a major technological turning point with the introduction of electric aircraft, and like electric vehicles, electric aircraft will become an easily accessible mode of transportation for the general public within a few decades,” said Dae-hyun Shin, CEO of Gloria Aviation. “We expect that PLANA’s hybrid aircraft will contribute to the stabilization of electric aircraft by providing a technical buffer during the conversion process to pure electric power.”
“Through this agreement, we will be able to train manpower and technology that are the most important factors in the aviation industry,” added Jinmo Lee, CPO of PLANA. “We will continue to contribute to the growth and activation of the AAM market and strive to build a competitive AAM ecosystem at home and abroad.”
The business agreement ceremony, held at PLANA’s Icheon Research and Development (R&D) Center was attended by major stakeholders from both companies, including Jinmo Lee, CPO of PLANA, and Dae-hyun Shin, CEO of Gloria Aviation.
According to Plana, the cooperation with Gloria Aviation, an MRO and education institution for aircraft, will raise the competitiveness of the AAM aviation industry to the next level.