French Pilot Training Group, Mermoz Academy, Increases Fleet Size with Order of 10 Tecnam Aircraft

25th Feb 2023

Tecnam and Mermoz Academy announced during Pilot Expo Berlin, the signature of a contract for 10 Tecnam’s P-Mentor for its fleet expansion program. The aircraft will be used for both PPL – Private Pilot License – as well as the MPL – Multi Pilot License – courses. One of the reasons for this choice, beyond the great fuel consumption rates, is the lowest CO2 emissions, that makes the P-Mentor the aircraft of choice for students and Flight Schools.

Tecnam Green Fleet. Based on recent data and industry benchmarks, flight training schools operating Tecnam’s single and twin-engine fleets can save as much as 10 tons of CO2 emissions for every single student graduating with a Commercial Pilot License – a 60% reduction compared to legacy fleets using Avgas 100LL fuel. (Based on 155 flight training hours, including 30 hours on the twin.)

The P-Mentor is a two-seat single engine piston aircraft fully IFR – is compliant with the latest CS-23 EASA & FAA requirements, allowing PBN/RNAV/AFCS capabilities. The modern flight school have today one platform to train students from their first flight up to CPL- IR, including Variable Pitch Propeller, Simulated Retractable Landing Gear and UPRT.

The P-Mentor is designed to offer the best human machine interface resulting in the most effective VFR/IFR training while the generous fuel tank allows Flight Schools to fly all day long without refueling, no interruption is equal to improve operational value. Lowest cost of maintenance, lowest fuel consumption, and the greatest value for money, make this aircraft a unique profit opportunity for any Flight School.

Stephane Larrieu, Mermoz Academy Managing Director said “We are proud to announce this purchase of 10 new P-Mentor to expand our fleet to 24 Tecnam. With this new acquisition we have today a harmonized fleet of Tecnam that allow us to offer a modern flight training, from PPL to IR ME. Rotax engines installed on our Tecnams are reliable and fuel efficient, which is and essential point in our development. Mermoz Academy ownes its own fleet and services them internally thanks to its Authorized Tecnam Service center.”

Walter Da Costa, Tecnam’s Chief Sales Officer said “We are so delighted of our continued partnership with Mermoz Academy and see its growth. Our P-Mentor is a unique solution in the market, ensuring reliability, costs control, smart training, low emissions. Together with Mermoz we proud to be innovating the flight training paradigm in France.”

MERMOZ ACADEMY is a reference ATO in Europe since 1957, which operates a modern fleet of airplanes and the biggest Tecnam fleets in Europe. The academy trains 150 students a year on different bases South of France, (Nimes), near Paris (Tours), in the USA and Canada. Instructors are former Air Force pilots and Airliners pilots to offering students the highest industry’s standards training.

About TECNAM “Quality Aircraft since 1948”®
TECNAM’s roots go all the way back to the Italian brothers Luigi and Giovanni Pascale who began to develop and produce innovative aircraft soon after the end of WWII. Since those early beginnings, the family has continued to create original models, first gaining worldwide recognition under the name Partenavia, which translates as ” Naples Aviation”. Costruzioni Aeronautiche TECNAM was established in March 1986 and now operates in two production facilities. The Casoria facility is located adjacent to Naples’ Capodichino International Airport while the main factory is next to the “Oreste Salomone” Airport in Capua. New facilities were established in Sebring, Florida, USA and in Australia to serve and support the needs of Tecnam’s local owners and operators.

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