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Training Fleet

One of the youngest fleets in the industry, our aircraft are mainly equipped with Garmin G1000 Electronic Flight Instruments (EFIS) that reflect the avionics technology found on an airliner flight deck. To enhance the safety of our airborne training, we have also specified the very latest version of the airline-style Traffic Advisory System (TAS) to provide our pilots with an 'extra pair of eyes and ears' in the cockpit.

Diamond DA42 Twinstar – 17 in Fleet

The DA42 is the most technologically advanced light training twin aircraft available today; representing the latest in airframe design, avionics capability and new engine technology.

 

The diesel engine makes this aircraft an environmentally friendly alternative, and the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit with Traffic Advisory System (TAS) environment provides the most relevant preparation for the type of aircraft our trainees are likely to fly.

 

The engines are computer controlled through fly-by-wire digital throttles eliminating the need for the traditional 6-engine control levers used on more conventional light twin aircraft (throttle, mixture and rpm levers for each engine). This single lever operation is just like the engine controls found on jet airliners.

 

Specifications

Crew – 1 pilot

Capacity – 4 (3 passengers)

Length – 8.56 m (28 ft. 1 in.)

Wingspan – 13.42 m (44 ft.)

Height – 2.49 m (8. ft 2 in.)

Empty weight –1250 kg

Maximum take-off weight – 1785 kg

Engines – 2 turbocharged diesel Centurion 2.0 engines producing 135 hp each

Max speed – 359 km/h (223 mph)

Cruise speed – 140 kts

Range –1693 km (975 miles)

Max altitude – 18,000 ft.

Diamond DA40 – 9 in Fleet

The DA40 is an excellent trainer for aspiring Airline Pilots. You'll be impressed by the DA40 – its quickness off the runway, the crisp response of its pushrod-actuated controls, and the stunning panoramic visibility out of its bubble canopy.

 

The extremely capable Garmin G1000 WAAS certified glass cockpit gives you unparalleled information at your fingertips. Trainee pilots will take comfort in the large moving map, traffic and terrain information. You will enjoy how easy it is to put the digital Garmin GFC 700 autopilot through its paces for procedure turns and instrument approaches, especially into unfamiliar airports.

 

Specifications

Crew – 1 pilot

Capacity – 4 (3 passengers)

Length – 26 ft. 5 in. (8.06 m)

Wingspan – 38 ft. 2 in. (11.63 m)

Height – 6 ft. 6 in. (1.97 m)

Empty weight – 950 kg

Maximum take-off weight – 1,280 kg

Engine – 1 x Austro Engine AE 300 turbocharged 2.0 liter diesel engine, producing 168 HP

 

Performance

Cruise speed – 125 TAS

Clean stall speed – 66 KIAS

Never exceed speed – 172 KTAS

Range – 620 nm

Max altitude – 16,404 ft.

Diamond DA20 Katana – 14 in Fleet

The DA20 is an excellent training aircraft for new pilots. This aircraft features a responsive center-stick control that provides exemplary handling. Visibility and safety are enhanced with a wrap-around canopy that affords great referencing to the natural horizon to develop fundamental flying techniques. The DA20 is environmentally friendly with a 20 lt/hr fuel burn, its performance is impressive with 1000 fpm climb rate and 120 kt cruise. This aircraft strikes the right balance in providing the trainee with a responsive feel and the performance to match.

 

Specifications

Crew – 1 pilot

Capacity – 2

Length – 23 ft. 9 in. (7.24 m)

Wingspan – 35 ft. 9 in (10.89 m)

Height – 7 ft. 1 in. (2.16 m)

Empty weight – 523 kg

Max takeoff weight – 800 kg

Engine – 1 Continental 4-cylinder IO-240-B, producing 125 hp

Performance

Never exceed speed – 164 kts

Cruise speed – we use 105 KIAS

Clean stall speed – 44 kts

Range – 1013 km (544 nm)

Max altitude – 13,120 ft.

Cessna 172 Skyhawk – 16 in Fleet

The Cessna C172 Skyhawk is an exceptionally well-proven and reliable training aircraft. Cessna's classic high-wing design offers many practical benefits including stable flight characteristics.

 

We use 172s for both basic and advanced flight navigation training. Our Cessna 172s are equipped with the Garmin G1000 and Traffic Advisory System (TAS) avionics suite. This 'glass cockpit' design is identical to the avionics suite found in the twin-engine DA42 and is very similar to that found on modern jet aircraft.

 

Specifications

Crew – 1 pilot

Capacity – 4 (3 passengers)

Length – 27 ft. 2 in (8.28 m)

Wingspan – 36 ft. 1in (11.00 m)

Height – 8 ft 11 in (2.72 m)

Empty weight – 754 kg

Maximum take-off weight – 1,157 kg

Engine – 1 Lycoming 4-cylinder, IO-360-L2A producing 180 hp

Performance

Cruise speed – 110 KIAS

Clean stall speed – 48 kts

Never exceed speed – 163 kts (188 mph)

Range – 612 nm no reserve

Max altitude – 14,000 ft.

Slingsby Firefly - 2 in Fleet

The Firefly, made in glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) by Slingsby Aviation in Yorkshire, is a single piston-engined aircraft with a 260 hp Textron-Lycoming engine, which drives a three-blade, constant-speed composite propeller. The Firefly is fitted with side-by-side dual controls, a fixed windscreen and a backward-tilting canopy incorporating direct ventilation windows and fresh-air scoops.

 

Whilst we use it for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), its instrumentation and communications equipment also allow it to be flown along airways and the aircraft is cleared for instrument flying and night flying.

 

The aircraft is fully aerobatic and can easily maintain height during an aerobatic sequence. The aircraft also has fuel and oil systems capable of sustaining inverted flight.

 

Specifications

Crew – 1 pilot

Capacity – 2 (1 passenger)

Length – 24 ft. 9 in. (7.478 m)

Wingspan – 35 ft. 2 in. (10.719 m)

Height – 7 ft. 6 in. (2.290 m)

Empty weight – 794 kg

Maximum take-off weight – 1,157 kg

Engine – 1 Textron Lycoming AEIO-540-D 6-cylinder horizontally-opposed engine, 260 hp (194 kW)

 

Performance:

Cruise speed – 140 kts (161 mph)

Clean stall speed – 62 kts (71 mph)

Never exceed speed – 195 kts (224 mph)

Range – 407 nm

Max altitude – 19,000 ft.

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