KLM Flight Academy is committed to greener flight training and has decided to replace its ageing AVGAS fleet with state-of-the-art, jet-fuel powered Diamond training aircraft, which are renowned for their economy and sustainability by burning up to 50% less fuel and producing less CO2 and noise emissions. KLM Flight Academy is based at Groningen Airport Eelde (the Netherlands). They are replacing their training fleet with 12 single-engine DA40 NG and two additional twin-engine DA42-VI, both powered by the 168 HP jet fuel AE300 from Austro Engine. The firm order will see the first deliveries take place in Q1/2024 and will bring KLM’s fleet of Diamond training aircraft to 18 in total (6 DA42-VI, 12 DA40 NG).
„With the replacement of the ageing fleet with twelve DA40 NG and an additional two DA42-VI aircraft, KLM Flight Academy is ready for the flight training requirements of today and tomorrow. The aircraft are quieter, more fuel-efficient and have the latest developments in technology. This means that we can now offer our students even better flight training,“ said Auke Dros, Managing Director of KLM Flight Academy. “The academy also has a great interest in purchasing Diamond Aircraft eDA40s once certified to contribute to a better aviation of tomorrow.” Source: ‚Diamond aircraft‚.
Airbus Flight Academy Europe, a 100% subsidiary of Airbus that supplies training services for the French Armed Forces pilots and civilian cadets, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AURA AERO, an aircraft manufacturer specialised in fully-electric designs, to jointly approach decarbonisation for pilot training by introducing electric-powered aircraft for commercial and military pilot formation.
Under this agreement, Airbus Flight Academy Europe will collaborate on the initial development of INTEGRAL E, a fully-electric, two-seater trainer aircraft ideally suited for the initial stages of pilot training. While operating from an airfield equipped with superchargers, the INTEGRAL E aircraft can be charged in 20 to 30 minutes, granting the aircraft an hour of flight endurance. “Our target at Airbus Flight Academy is to operate a low-carbon aircraft fleet by 2030,” said Airbus Flight Academy Europe CEO Jean Longobardi. “We are excited to collaborate with AURA AERO in this field and are convinced that, by combining our expertise, we can meet the ambition of decarbonising to the current pilot-training approach. INTEGRAL E could become the first step to a broader partnership.”
Jérémy Caussade, CEO and co-founder of AURA AERO, said: “Our technical and commercial teams are very happy and honoured to have been chosen by Airbus to support the decarbonisation of their training activities. Pilot training will be where we expect early adoption of a zero-emission approach, starting with two-seater aircraft. By partnering with AFAE, we will develop a new type of electrically-powered training to benefit all pilots in the future, whatever the aircraft they are flying.” Airbus aspires to lead the journey towards decarbonised aerospace by pioneering disruptive technologies, including low-emission solutions while delivering and continuously improving our fuel-efficient products. Source: ‚Airbus‚.
Urbe Aero Flight Academy placed a large order for the purchase of brand-new training aircraft from Diamond Aircraft, due to the excellent relationship the Academy has had with the aircraft manufacturer for years offering a modern and state-of-the-art fleet to its students. With this new investment, the current 11-aircraft fleet at Rome Urbe Airport in Italy, will be increased by seven new DA40 NG single-engine aircraft and one DA42-VI twin-engine aircraft.
From the very beginning, Urbe Aero Flight Academy has believed in innovation and technology as the key to success, offering high-level training from the early steps of flying as a commitment to their students. This new investment is a testimony to their vision. By adding further DA40 NG and DA42-VI aircraft to their fleet, they are not only adding the most modern, safe, and reliable training aircraft currently available on the market but also showing their care for the environment. The aircraft is equipped with Garmin G1000 NXi glass cockpits and powered by the efficient 168 hp AUSTRO AE300 jet-fuel engines which burn up to 50% less lead-free fuel and operate quieter than conventional AvGas-powered aircraft.
“Thanks to our shareholders‘ vision and passion for continuous innovation, our Flight Academy is now able to make this important acquisition to cope with current and future partnerships with European airlines,” stated Prof. Lorenzo Mezzadri, Accountable Manager of Urbe Aero Flight Academy. “The growth of our organization in the last twelve years and the huge number of young pilots we were able to prepare for the major airlines, is clear evidence of a basic solidity for high-level service. With this investment, our fleet will reach 19 Diamond aircraft (7 DA20-C1, 9 DA40 NG and 3 DA42-VI). Our continuous growth and these new projects would not have been possible without the important collaboration with Diamond Aircraft in which we believed from the very beginning”.
“Urbe Aero Flight Academy has been tremendously benefiting from operating aircraft by the same manufacturer for both single-engine and multi-engine training. Fleet commonality offers them more advantages, such as minimized instructor standardization, rapid student transition and reduced parts inventories. We are delighted about their successful development and are proud to be part of this exciting journey to move the aviation industry forward,” said Jane Wang, Sales Director, Diamond Aircraft Austria. Source: ‚Diamond Aircraft‚.