Training Aircraft Manufacturer Pipistrel Expands Presence in Africa with Appointment of Distributor

Pipistrel, a Textron Inc. company, is bolstering its African sales network with the appointment of Absolute Aviation, headquartered at Lanseria International airport in South Africa, as its distributor to 11 countries across southern and central Africa.

Already a longstanding channel partner of Textron Aviation as an authorized sales, service and parts representative for Cessna and Beechcraft in southern and central Africa, Absolute Aviation will take on responsibility for sales, service support and training for Pipistrel’s ultralight, light sport and type certified aircraft, which include the Alpha Trainer, Velis Electro, Explorer and Panthera. Absolute Aviation will also showcase demonstration aircraft across the region to promote Pipistrel’s offerings.

Absolute Aviation will serve Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“We’re fully committed to building our network of distributors so that we can precisely meet the needs of our customers across Africa,” says Steve Mckenna, director of Sales and Marketing, Pipistrel. “As an established Textron Aviation channel partner, Absolute Aviation’s customer-centric approach is well known to us and we’re looking forward to extending this collaboration to showcase Pipistrel.”

“Extending our relationship with Textron to include Pipistrel underlines the trust we have developed and the success we have delivered,” adds Neil Howard, CEO, Absolute Aviation. “We are committed to building on this track record for Pipistrel in the fast-growing African market.”

The appointment of Absolute Aviation follows Pipistrel’s expansion of its distribution network in key regions across the globe. Most recently, Pipistrel appointed Lincoln Park Aviation (LPA) as its distributor for 15 US states and Lanier Flight Center as its distributor for five US states.

Source: Pipistrel Aircraft Press Release
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Training Aircraft Manufacturer, Magnus Aircraft, Signs Electric Powered Aircraft Project Implementation Contract with University

The signing of the contract marked the start of the development of an electric-powered touring aircraft to meet market needs, as well as the implementation of joint research and development projects. The eFusion, an environmentally friendly, all-electric, two-seater light aircraft, will be Hungary’s first type-certified aircraft equipped with a fully electric propulsion system.

“The joint work that has just started fits in well with the development plans of our university in the aviation industry, especially in the field of innovation and research and development,” emphasized Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács, Rector of Óbuda University, at the signing of the cooperation agreement. As he said, Óbuda University has already made significant efforts to increase engineering competences in line with the requirements of the aviation industry, and has long had aviation competences and training programs, and is also involved in several international projects in this field.

The eFusion’s operating cost per flight hour is a fraction of other training aircraft, and it will fundamentally reform pilot training in addition to aircraft manufacturing. In order to create a new type of aircraft, the university is involved in the design of the so-called propulsion chain (the system that drives the aircraft),” said Prof. Dr. András Molnár, Vice-Rector General.

“The electric aircraft will open up new possibilities for sustainable transport for those who use air transport for short and medium distance journeys. To this end, we are embarking on joint research and development projects,” said László Boros, CEO of Magnus Aircraft Zrt. He added: “The full professional competence and support of Óbuda University in this field is important to us. Our company will do everything in its power to ensure the success of the projects, so that the jointly developed aircraft can be brought to the market as soon as possible as a result of the cooperation. Our specialists are involved in the project by designing, assembling and testing the fuselage. We intend to enter the international competition with a development based on a purely Hungarian innovative minds and later with a product,” said the CEO.

Following the previously concluded letter of intent, the parties have defined the tasks, responsibilities and financing points in the complete project implementation contract, in addition to the specific objectives.

Source: Magnus Aircraft Announcement
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South African Flight School, Starlite Aviation Training Academy, Announces Aircraft Fleet Hour Milestone

Durban, South Africa based aviation group and flight training organization Starlite Aviation Training Academy has shared that its Sling 2 fleet achieved 10,000 flying hours in 46 months.

About Starlite Aviation Training Academy
Established in 1999, the Training Academy is synonymous with some of the finest pilot training schools worldwide. It offers helicopter, aeroplane, and drone pilot training courses to local and international students at its pilot training schools in Durban and Mossel Bay, South Africa.

Source: Starlite Aviation Announcement
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US based Aviation Group Revv Aviation Helps Kansas City based Flight School by Providing Planes

ATD Flight Systems at Charles B. Wheeler Airport in Kansas City suffered devasting losses during a “gustnado” that suddenly blew through the area on April 20. Eleven of its 13 flight training aircraft were totaled or severely damaged during the sudden storm, jeopardizing ATDs business and impacting about 100 flight school students.

ATD reached out for help and Revv Aviation stepped in to provide three training aircraft from their own fleet as a temporary solution for ATD to continue providing flight training to their students.

“It’s a lifeline,” said Keara Neifach, director of operations at ATD and daughter of owner Wiliam Hays, “and we are very thankful that Revv acted so fast.”

Revv Aviation’s flight schools are operating more than 55 trainer aircraft in 10 of its locations in Illinois, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska. Revv operates a Part-141 flight training program in cooperation with the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute.

“As a flight school operator, we know the impact this type of damage has on a business,” said Lisa LaMantia, chief operating officer at Revv Aviation. “This is a small way in which we can help ATD and their students, especially those nearing their check rides, getting their private pilot licenses or getting an advanced rating.”

Revv is grateful to be in a position to help an important and long-standing Kansas City general aviation business and their local flight school community, said Guy Lieser, Revv CEO.

“One of our core values is community,” said Lieser. “This is what community looks like. ATD experienced an extremely unfortunate and sudden situation, so we looked at their immediate needs and the aircraft we could provide them to get through this critical period.”

ATD’s Neifach said, “In the short term, this allows us to get our students back in the air, and for our business to incur the least amount of disruption as possible as we rebuild our fleet. In the long term, it’s nice to know who’s on our team and who we can count on. We are looking forward to an ongoing relationship with Revv.”

About Revv Aviation

Owned by CL Enterprises, Revv Aviation has fixed-base operations in Aurora and Schaumburg, IL; Council Bluffs, Davenport and Muscatine, Iowa; Huron, SD; and Janesville, WI.   In addition, Revv operates flight schools in Sioux City, IA, Moline, IL, and Omaha, NE.   Revv Aviation provides Part 61 and Part 141 flight training, Part 135 charter services with both owned and managed airplanes, corporate pilot services, airplane maintenance, turbine and jet engine maintenance and reports, avionics, fuel services and aircraft storage. Revv Aviation is expanding in the Midwest and beyond.

Source: Revv Aviation Press Release
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