Global Pilot Training Solution Provider CAE Hosts Two Days of Intensive Discussions with Aircraft Manufacturer For Electric Flight Training

Global pilot training solution provider CAE and training aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft gathered around 25 individuals, including a mix of engineers and pilots for a two-day conversation focusing on the technical design, certification, and operational aspects linked for CAE’s Electric Aircraft Piper Archer STC.

The list of partners for this project who contributed their time and shared valuable insights during these collaborative sessions includes Piper Aircraft, Elisen, Cert Center Canada, and Université de Sherbrooke. The diverse expertise brought to the table ensures a comprehensive exploration of CAE’s innovative electric aircraft, Piper Archer STC.

Back in July 2022 CAE announced at the Farnborough International Air Show 2022 that it has partnered with Piper Aircraft to develop a conversion kit via a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for in-service Piper Archer (PA-28-181) aircraft and bring an electric variant option of the iconic aircraft to market.

Source: Stella Filippatos, M.A.Sc., MBA (CAE)

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Portugal Flight School Invests EUR 2 Million Into Training Aircraft Fleet Expansion

Portugal’s International Flight Academy (IFA), a leading aeronautical training company in Portugal, signed a contract with the multinational Textron Aviation for the acquisition – for 2.1 million euros – of seven aircraft from the renowned Pipistrel brand. Two of them will be the Velis Electro model, a fully electric aiplane powered by two water-cooled lithium batteries and with a flight range of 50 minutes, plus reserves. This aircraft, until now non-existent in Portugal, is the only one in the world certified by EASA – European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

The remaining five aircraft acquired by IFA are the Explorer model, also from Pipistrel. In addition to all the modern instrumentation (Garmin G3X touch glass cockpit, advanced autopilot and GPS), the Explorers are equipped with ballistic parachutes that function as a last resort solution, exponentially increasing flight safety and the physical integrity of its occupants.

According to José Madeira, Executive Director of the IFA Group: “These new aircraft meet the need to increase our fleet to meet the growing demand from students, national and international, interested in our different pilot training courses” .

According to IFA’s CEO: “The two Velis Electro aircraft will also be an absolute novelty in the way the company views training and the path we must all take towards carbon neutrality. The purchase of the only certified electric plane model in the world and the debut of an electric plane used in instruction in Portugal is a great source of pride for us, and another milestone of innovation in our 25-year history.”

With this investment, IFA – International Flight Academy increases its fleet of aircraft to 27, which also includes aircraft from Cessna, Grumman and Liberty brands. In addition to the airplanes, the company owns two state-of-the-art advanced flight simulators: an ALX – Alsim (for SEP and MEP instrument flight training) and a Simnest Airbus A320, a flight simulator for the A320 aircraft.

Headquartered at the Cascais Municipal Aerodrome, but with a second base of operations in Viseu and in the final phase of creating a third base of activity in the country, IFA Group directly employs around a hundred people and develops, in addition courses provided by IFA – International Flight Academy, also maintenance activities through IFA – Industries, created after the acquisition of Aviometa – Manutenção de Aviões, in 2018.

Source: IFA – International Flight Academy
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European Flight Training Organization, Lufthansa Aviation Training, Takes Delivery of 3 Diamond Aircraft DA42-VI

On 5 February 2024, a Lufthansa Aviation Training delegation accepted three jet-fuel powered DA42-VI multi-engine training aircraft at Diamond Aircraft’s headquarters in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. These are the first three of seven DA42-VI aircraft ordered in December 2022.

“European Flight Academy trains its student pilots to the highest level, which includes a modern fleet of training aircraft at our flight school locations. With the new training aircraft, we are preparing future pilots for their cockpit careers in a resource-efficient, state-of-the-art and safe manner,” says Raymund Obst, Head of Pilot Schools European Flight Academy.

“The DA42-VI is an excellent multi-engine training platform, popular at many leading flight schools all over the world, that burns up to 50% less fuel than conventional AvGas-powered aircraft and is exceptionally silent,” says Jane Wang, Sales Director at Diamond Aircraft Austria. “We are very proud and happy to celebrate another delivery to our renowned customer Lufthansa Aviation Training.”

The brand-new DA42-VI multi-engine trainers will be placed at Grenchen, Switzerland.

The 4-seat DA42-VI is the newest version of Diamond’s technology leading light piston twin, the first certified general aviation piston aircraft to combine modern technology airframe, avionics, and power plants. The all-composite DA42-VI’s are equipped with efficient, silent, clean and reliable 168 hp jet fuel AUSTRO engines AE300, Garmin G1000 NXi with 3-axis Automatic Flight Control System and optional electrically driven air conditioning.

About Diamond Aircraft’s Flight Training Solution

Diamond’s dedication to flight training has shaped its product line of modern fuel-efficient aircraft, each with a specific training application in mind. With its complete line of piston aircraft including a dedicated flight training concept with Single Engine Piston (DA40 NG, DA40 XLT) and Multi Engine Piston (DA42-VI) trainers, along with type-specific flight training simulators and proprietary jet-fuel engines, Diamond Aircraft is the only sole source provider in the flight training market.

About Lufthansa Aviation Training / European Flight Academy

Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH (LAT) is one of the leading companies in the field of flight training with its competence in the training and further education of cockpit and cabin personnel at ten training locations. LAT combines the flight schools of Lufthansa Group under the brand European Flight Academy (EFA). The theoretical part of the flight training takes place in Bremen/DE or Zurich/CH; EFA locations for practical training are in Goodyear/USA, Grenchen/CH, and Rostock-Laage/DE.

Source: Diamond Aircraft
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European Flight School Presents New Addition to its Fleet – Elixir

Airbus Flight Academy Europe is proud to present the latest addition to their fleet in Angoulême, France. It’s an Elixir, a latest-generation aircraft that’s more fuel-efficient and quieter. Those aircraft are equipped with a cockpit specially designed, including two Electronic Flight Instrument Systems, to prepare student pilots for the technologies in today’s most advanced commercial aircraft. The cadets will be using it during the core phase as well as the VFR phase.

Source: Airbus Flight Academy Europe
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