Emirates Flight Training Academy Takes Delivery of First Training Aircraft

Emirates Flight Training Academy has taken
delivery of its first two Cirrus SR22 G6 training aircraft in

 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 two Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft, A6-CTA and
A6-CTB, landed in Dubai following a transatlantic journey spanning
over 13,000 kilometres.

Given the size of the aircraft and other
restrictions including the size of the fuel tanks and range, the
journey from Cirrus’ manufacturing facilities in the USA to Dubai
had to be split into multiple segments.

The Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft will form the backbone of the Emirates Flight Training Academy’s training fleet. Click to enlarge.

Upon completion of
manufacture, the two aircraft were flown from Duluth, Minnesota to
Knoxville, Tennessee – the location of Cirrus’ aircraft delivery centre. Once at the delivery centre, the aircraft were inspected
and teams from Cirrus and Emirates Flight Training Academy went
through a series of pre-flight appearance, functionality checks
and test flights. The two Cirrus planes then embarked on an
11-stop transatlantic journey transiting through 10 countries
flying an average of over 5 hours a day.

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

Once in Europe, the two aircraft
made their way from Scotland to Sywell in Northamptonshire,
England and from thereon to Venice, Crete, Aqaba, Bahrain and
finally to Dubai. All the flights were done in daylight and the
two aircraft flew in loose formation throughout the entire journey
allowing for easier air traffic clearances.

The Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft
will form the backbone of the training fleet of the Emirates
Flight Training Academy. The aircraft has a modern composite
airframe; two large 12” flight displays; a flight management
system keypad controller and an integrated engine indication and
crew alerting system. The aircraft has a range of up to 1,207
nautical miles (1,943 kilometres) at speeds of 183 knots (340Km/H)
TAS True Air Speed.

In addition to the 22 Cirrus SR22 G6
aircraft, Emirates Flight Training Academy has also placed an
order for five twin-jet Embraer Phenom 100EV aircraft, becoming
the first flight training organisation in the world to use the
Phenom 100EV platform for training cadets.

The Emirates
Flight Training Academy, located near Dubai World Central (DWC)
airport in Dubai South, is designed to be one of the most advanced
flight training facilities in the world. Scheduled to open in
November 2017, the facility will be spread over an area of 200
football fields and will include ground school classrooms, ground
based simulators, a young and modern training aircraft fleet, a 1,800 sq. m dedicated runway, an independent air traffic control
tower and a maintenance centre in addition to accommodation and recreational facilities for cadets.

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