Scotland’s Largest Training Academy Expands with the Addition of Two New Tecnam P-Mentor Aircraft

19th Dec 2022

Tecnam announced that the renowned Scottish flight training academy ACS Aviation ordered two P-Mentors to be added to their current fleet to expand their fleet capabilities in 2023.

The company will also become the first Tecnam aircraft service centre in Scotland offering specialist aircraft maintenance and technical support to its customers. The move follows a period of high growth for ACS Aviation where a record number of graduates have secured positions as first officers with leading UK airlines.

The P-Mentor is the latest design from Tecnam: a single engine IFR  two-seater aircraft, offering flight schools  a simple and sustainable single platform solution for student pilots; from their first flight up to advanced training including the instrument rating.

The P-Mentor not only provides a highly cost effective platform on which most  of the training syllabus can be completed, with the Rotax 912iSc, it also offers the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions currently available for IFR training thus further enhancing the renowned profitability of operating a Tecnam fleet.

By choosing the P-Mentor as their go to training platform, ACS Aviation is embracing the new philosophy in flight training offered by Tecnam. This fleet expansion will not only improve the quality of training and reduce the costs for its students, but also help to preserve the environment. Recent study shows that flight schools operating with TECNAM single engine fleet can reduce emissions by up to 60%. This equates to10 tons of CO2 for each student by the time they receive their Commercial Pilot License.

“Tecnam’s P-Mentor aircraft will allow us to significantly reduce our carbon footprint in Commercial Flight Training and Upset Prevention Recovery Training with the added benefit of state-of-the-art instrumentation that will help us propel, even further, into our sustainable double-digit growth. This order is the start of a long-term fleet replacement and sustainability plan which will see us continue to grow the business and provide our student pilots with the latest technology over the coming years,” said Craig McDonald, Technical Director at ACS Aviation.

“Oriens Aviation is delighted to welcome ACS Aviation to the Tecnam family as the launch customer for the P-Mentor in the British Isles and the first service centre for Tecnam in Scotland. ACS is known for providing premier flight training services to customers and we look forward to growing our partnership with ACS Aviation for all Tecnam aircraft service needs and technical support in Scotland,” said Edwin Brenninkmeyer, CEO, Oriens Aviation – The exclusive Tecnam Authorised Sales and Service Centre for the British Isles.

“Tecnam has always provided an excellent combination of technical specifications and value for money. With the P-Mentor, Tecnam has taken a huge leap forward with the addition of an affordable and smart IFR trainer. This will change the entire pilot training industry for IFR training,” said Tecnam’s Chief Sales Officer, Walter Da Costa.

About ACS Aviation

Established in 2007, ACS Aviation is Scotland’s leading commercial flight training academy and aircraft maintenance facility. ACS Aviation offer a range of aviation services including UK CAA and EASA approved airline pilot training courses for customers and airlines in the UK and throughout Europe. ACS also offer specialist aircraft maintenance services and technical support for General Aviation aircraft. They also offer handling support at Perth Airport including aircraft parking, hangarage and aviation fuel services.

Source: Tecnam Press Release
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