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The Great FEATI Experience

FEATI University’s rich history is rooted from the first Filipino- owned international airline and a flying school. At present, it offers aviation-related programs under Aeronautical Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance Technology.

The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering is a four-year degree program that shapes graduates towards a career under the five major activity areas of the field, namely:

a. Aircraft Operations

b. Aircraft Design and Manufacturing

c. Aircraft Maintenance

d. Research and Development

e. Aeronautical Engineering Education

Being the pioneer in offering aviation programs in the mid-40s after World War II, the University continues its legacy of excellence. After it has produced its own airworthy aircraft made from local materials back then, the Aeronautical Engineering Program of FEATI is now geared towards the pioneering and development of hybrid composite materials for aerospace applications. This is to be realized through capacity and skills building with the support of government and private sectors. Additionally, the department aims to lead the country in the development of the aerospace industry through new approaches and technology in aircraft design, maintenance, training and manufacturing as it embarks towards the University’s 75th anniversary.

The Great FEATI Advantage

The Aeronautical Engineering Department is very proud to have highly qualified professionals with vast experiences in their fields of specialization. In its roster of faculty members.

The Department, with the assistance of its faculty members and staff, builds and empowers students by bringing together alumni and upperclassmen to collaborate and participate in mentoring activities like seminar-workshops, symposia and convocations.

Aside from the professional mentors, the Department of Aeronautical Engineering & Aircraft Maintenance Technology also boasts of a strong research and development (R&D) program, which encourages students to maximize their R&D potentials and work beyond the limits of their creativity.  Both the curricula and instructions of the Aeronautical Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance Technology programs are aligned with the guidelines, regulations and standards of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These also make FEATI as the first University that has FAA and EASA-aligned curricula.

The FAA and EASA-aligned curricula give our FEATINIAN graduates the leading edge when they try to seek for employment whether in the local or international scenes. They are the preferred choice of the aviation companies when they apply for a job.

I. Research

 “FEATI Pioneers Again, Leads Development of Hybrid Bio-Composite Drone”

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or “drones” are pilotless flying machines that are currently dominating the skies. History of drones can be traced back from the first and second world war wherein rockets and missiles, typically radio-controlled (RC), are used to hit enemy targets at long distance. Decades later, this RC weapons turned to full-fledged automated aircraft.

Today, drones are used by many countries for various military and non-military applications. In the Asia Pacific region alone, drones are very popular for border surveillance as well as disaster response and assessment. This is also being realized in the Philippines as a potential life-saving tool as well as an aid in the improvement of agricultural productivity. However, most of these drones are sourced abroad or rented from private individuals. In addition to this, local policies on drones are not clear. This recurring problem paved the way to the formation of the Philippine UAV Consortium.

On the 22ndof April 2016, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development  (PCIEERD), called for a consultative consortium meeting which was attended by various sectorsin the industry, government agencies, the Defense Department, and academic institutions. The consortium came up with a unified UAV roadmap. Based on this, the academe, which was headed by FEATI University, De La Salle University (DLSU) and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), came up with a single UAV program. The Program is then subdivided into three projects based on the specialty of each institution. DLSU agreed to take on the responsibility of the controls, ADMU goes for the sensors and communication and FEATI for the design, fabrication of the airframe and the overall program lead.

The Program members agreed to develop a medium-range short take-off UAV made of Abaca-Carbon Fiber. This is expected to reduce the overall cost of drones, help the agricultural sector, reduce dependency on international products, and most importantly, develop local skills and knowledge. After various consultations and technical panels, the DOST gave the green light for the program to proceed. On May 1, 2017, the UAV Program officially started and is expected to run for two years.

II. Accreditation

The Aeronautical Engineering Program of FEATI University is the only PACUCOA Level 2 accredited program in the said field in the Philippines.

The Aeronautical Engineering Program continues to maintain CHED and PACUCOA accreditations. It has continually adopted the outcomes-based education (OBE) approach and currently working towards ISO and PTC accreditations on the new curriculum that is compliant with CHED CMO 8 S.2018.

The Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) program is fully accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) under Aviation Training Organization Certificate (ATOC) Number 75-01

Beginning SY 2018-19, the AMT program will implement the new curriculum which is aligned with European and US standards.

Moreover, FEATI University is the only private university that has a PACUCOA Level 1 accreditation for its Aircraft Maintenance Technology program.

The Great FEATI Partnership

The Department of Aeronautical Engineering& Aircraft Maintenance Technology has, through the years, strengthened its partnership with industry players and as a result, students are provided training, internship, and possible employment once they graduate. These industry partners are as follows:

1. PAL Express

2. Cebu Pacific

3. SIA Engineering Philippines

4. Aviation Partnership Philippines (A+)

5. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)

6. Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions, Inc. (PAGSS)

7. Philippine Airlines (PAL)

8. Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP)

9. Skyjet

10. Fliteline

11. Philippine Air Force

12. Philippine Navy

13. Air Ads

The Great FEATI Reward

Students who graduate from the Department of Aeronautical Engineering &Aircraft Maintenance Technology are highly marketable and in demand because the industry fully recognizes the quality education that FEATI University provides its students.

As such, graduates land on prized jobs with premium compensation packages. They also get the chance to broaden their horizons and enhance their skills when they expose themselves to industry-based trainings abroad sponsored by the company.  With this, they get to experience and visit manufacturing plants of aircrafts at no extra cost not to mention travel around the world for free.

The Great FEATI Legacy

FEATI University is not wanting of notable alumni who have excelled in their respective careers as many made their marks in the industry, both in public and private sectors. For the past decades, FEATI has continually produced topnotchers and placers in the Aeronautical Engineering Board Examination.

FEATI University is not wanting of notable alumni who have excelled in their respective careers as many made their marks in the industry, both in public and private sectors. For the past decades, FEATI has continually produced topnotchers and placers in the Aeronautical Engineering Board Examination.

 

A. Brig. Gen. Recaredo R. Albano

He graduated with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering degree, Magna Cum laude in 1955.

 

In 1974, he became the first wing commander of the 550thAEW of the Philippine Air Force.

 

In 1982, he was the first licensed Aeronautical Engineer in the Philippines and the first Chairman of the PRC Aeronautical Engineering Board of Examiners.

 

 

And in 1989, he became the first President of FEATI University Alumni Association.

 

B. Engr. Timoteo A. Cordova, Jr.

He graduated with distinction in BS Aeronautical Engineering in 1952.

In 1982, he was the second licensed Aeronautical Engineer in the Philippines and one of the first members of the PRC Aeronautical Engineering Board of Examiners.

He then served in the Philippine Air Force from 1974-1988 with the rank of Captain, then Major and later Lieutenant Colonel and as the Chief of the Engineering and Design Division. Thereafter, he became Director for Operations of the Air Force Research and Development Center of the Philippine Air Force.

Later, he was tapped as Consultant for Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines from 2007-2008. After his teaching stint in FEATI, his passion to educate the youth spread to various universities in Manila where he was a faculty member and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Aeronautical Engineering, and Aircraft Technology.

C. Engr. Charles “Chuck” C. Castro

Capt. Charles “Chuck” Castro is one of the engineers behind the development of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He graduated with a BS Aeronautical Engineering degree in 1966.  As an officer of Air Force ROTC then, he later joined the Philippine Air Force and flew the F-27 and C-130. In 1976, he went to the United States and joined the US Air Force, and a few years later, he was assigned to the research department and was involved mainly in the development of F-16 as well as improvements on KC-135 and F-15 aircrafts. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the United States Air Force and in November 2007, he retired from active service.

He also received various awards in 2008, upon his return to the Philippines through the DOST’s Balik Scientist program.

 

D. Capt. Efren C. Rocamora

He graduated with a degree in BS Aeronautical Engineering in 1978. He currently holds the position of Department Manager III of the Regulatory Department and Flight Standard Inspectorate Service (FSIS) under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

E. Engr. Emilio B. Asiddao

He graduated with a degree in BS Aeronautical Engineering in 1948. He was instructor of FEATI University from 1948 to 1986. He was OIC of Corporate Planning Office of Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC) from 1983 to 1986 and became the Director of Management Services Department of the same company until he retired in 1987.

F. Captain Jim C. Sydiongco

Capt. Sydiongco, a graduate of FEATI Flying School, is currently the Director-General of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). He was formerly the Vice President of low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific and Chief Pilot of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Senior Safety Officer of Eva Air.

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