Bhanu Choudhrie is the founder of Alpha Aviation Group (AAG), which provides simulator training for commercial airline pilots. This industry is notoriously slow to change, but the pandemic is forcing it to adapt far more quickly than it normally does. AAG is a leader in innovation, including a digital-first, simulator-driven approach to commercial pilot training.

Choudhrie founded AAG in 2006 to find more cost-effective ways of training pilots flying for budget airlines. These airlines lack the financial resources of major carriers to develop their own comprehensive training programs, so they must outsource much of their training. AAG was one of…

Bhanu Choudhrie is the founder of C&C Alpha Group, a private equity firm with a heavy stake in emerging markets. From healthcare to real estate to hospitality to aviation, the firm has established a strong international presence and played a key role in the expansion of niche categories across a variety of markets.

We’ll look at how his business began and how that foundation has been instrumental in overcoming the uncertainty of today.

The Coronavirus Impact

All successful business leaders need to be able to adapt to new landscapes, and the economic lockdown was no exception. Two of Choudhrie’s focused markets, aviation and…

With volatility in the markets for the foreseeable future as entire industries adapt to a ‘new normal’, some investors have found their niche in a changing world, while others have opted to keep their powder dry. Bhanu Choudhrie, the founder of C&C Alpha Group, recently shared his insight based on both the state of the private equity industry and how businesses are likely to be affected.

C&C Alpha Group

Choudhrie invests in several core markets, including aviation, hospitality, and health care. His team provides crucial advice on how companies can develop their positions in the market. …

Alpha Aviation Group is a leading provider of aviation training solutions, specializing in cadet assessment and selection. They work with airlines across the globe, offering a wide range of services including type ratings and flagship ab-initio cadet programs tailored and optimized to the operational needs of its partner airlines. Alpha Aviation Group is a rapidly growing subsidiary of private equity firm C&C Alpha Group.

Alpha Aviation Group is one of the world’s premier providers of airline pilot training. Their founder and director, Bhanu Choudhrie, recently sat down to discuss the future of aviation and pilot training.

Alpha Aviation Group

Alpha Aviation Group was…

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health crisis, but it also presents an unprecedented challenge for the aviation industry. The number of people flying is bound to drop dramatically in 2020 when compared to the 4.54 billion people who flew in 2019. In addition to the loss of revenue, this reduction will also make it difficult for airlines to keep their flight crews current with their training requirements during this period.

American and Southwest airlines already delayed training for their pilots in 2019 due to the grounding of all 737 MAX flights in March of that year. United Airlines also…

Bhanu Choudhrie is founder and chief executive of the C & C Alpha Group, an international private equity business with a strong focus on emerging markets. He oversees investment strategy, working with a group of experienced venture capitalists.

In this interview with Bhanu we find out more about his business philosophy — and the challenges for venture capital in turbulent economic times….

What is the focus of the C & C Alpha Group’s investments?

At the C & C Alpha Group we have a very diverse portfolio, but we invest primarily in aviation, hospitality, real estate, banking, health care and utilities. We have an international footprint, with a significant presence in the UK; the US; India; and UAE. The team analyses global economic trends and find companies in market niches that are on the brink of expansion. …

For the airline industry, the COVID-19 pandemic — a global health crisis, is an unprecedented challenge. When the Spanish Flu devastated the world around World War One, the industry was in its infancy, with the world’s first powered flight only 15 years old at the time. By comparison, 2019 alone saw 4.54 billion passengers in the skies. How we respond to this situation will make all the difference in how the airline industry will continue into the future. With the related global economic crisis, how can airlines afford to keep crews current with their training requirements?

Alpha Aviation Group founder…

Bhanu Choudhrie has navigated a risky path to a place as a successful investor and entrepreneur. He has given back to the community in numerous ways and as a result, he has become an inspiration to those around him and a leader in several industries, especially aviation. Through looking at his path to success, there are several lessons entrepreneurs can take in working towards building an equally promising career.

Starting Down the Road to Success

Born in New Delhi, India, in 1978, Choudhrie had a great start in an entrepreneurial-minded family. In an interview with Ideamensch, he shares, “Our family started investing in the real estate…

In early April, United Airlines postponed its training class for new pilots, making them the latest carrier to do so. Other airlines are also expected to follow suit over the next six months in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has dramatically reduced the need for pilots in the short term.

However, this pandemic will eventually result in a significant shortage of available pilots, hindering the airline industry’s ability to recover from this temporary setback. China has already resumed domestic flights and international flights will follow shortly. …


Bhanu Choudhrie is the founder of both global private equity firm C&C Alpha Group and pilot training company Alpha Aviation. He shares a message of patience and hope for the aviation industry during these unprecedented times.

Safety First

When uncertainty hangs over any industry, it can feel like death by a thousand cuts, but while aviation has definitely suffered its share of losses in recent weeks, it’s more important than ever before to focus on the things we can control. When it comes to the priorities for leaders during these times, nothing should come before the safety of both your employees and…

Bhanu Choudhrie

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