Emirates Flight Training Academy receives delivery of first training aircraft

Bangalore, 8 September 2017 - Emirates Flight Training Academy, the state of the art flight training facility being developed by Emirates to respond to the global aviation industry’s need for pilots, has taken delivery of its first two Cirrus SR22 G6 training aircraft in Dubai. These are the first of the 22 single-piston engine Cirrus aircraft that have been ordered by the Academy to train ab initio pilots.

The twoCirrus SR22 G6 aircraft, A6-CTA and A6-CTB, landed in Dubai following atransatlantic journey spanning over 13,000 kilometres.  Given the size ofthe aircraft and other restrictions including the size of the fuel tanks andrange, the journey from Cirrus’ manufacturing facilities in the USA to Dubaihad to be split into multiple segments. 

Uponcompletion of manufacture, the two aircraft were flown from Duluth, Minnesotato Knoxville, Tennessee - the location of Cirrus’ aircraft deliverycentre.  Once at the delivery centre, the aircraft were inspected andteams from Cirrus and Emirates Flight Training Academy went through a series ofpre-flight appearance, functionality checks and test flights. The two Cirrusplanes then embarked on an 11-stop transatlantic journey transiting through 10countries flying an average of over 5 hours a day. 

Flying outfrom Knoxville, A6-CTA and A6-CTB stopped at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USAfollowed by Sept Iles and Iqaluit in Canada. From Iqaluit the two aircraft setout to cross the Atlantic Ocean in two stretches, stopping first at Nuuk inGreenland, then at Reykjavik in Iceland and completing the transatlantic sectorat Wick in Scotland. These flights were also the longest segments in theaircraft’s journey from the US to Dubai. 

Once inEurope, the two aircraft made their way from Scotland to Sywell inNorthamptonshire, England and from thereon to Venice, Crete, Aqaba, Bahrain andfinally to Dubai. All the flights were done in daylight and the two aircraftflew in loose formation throughout the entire journey allowing for easier airtraffic clearances. 

Watch a 360video of the first two Cirrus aircraft landing in formation at DubaiInternational Airport.

The CirrusSR22 G6 aircraft will form the backbone of the training fleet of the EmiratesFlight Training Academy. The aircraft has a modern composite airframe; twolarge 12” flight displays; a flight management system keypad controller and anintegrated engine indication and crew alerting system. The aircraft has a rangeof up to 1,207 nautical miles (1,943 kilometres) at speeds of 183 knots(340Km/H) TAS True Air Speed. 

In additionto the 22 Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft, Emirates Flight Training Academy has alsoplaced an order for five twin-jet Embraer Phenom 100EV aircraft, becoming thefirst flight training organisation in the world to use the Phenom 100EVplatform for training cadets. 

The EmiratesFlight Training Academy, located near Dubai World Central (DWC) airport inDubai South, is designed to be one of the most advanced flight trainingfacilities in the world. Scheduled to open in November 2017, the facility will bespread over an area of 200 football fields and will include ground schoolclassrooms, ground based simulators, a young and modern training aircraftfleet, a 1,800 sq. m dedicated runway, an independent air traffic control towerand a maintenance centre in addition to accommodation and recreationalfacilities for cadets. 

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