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Published on October 15th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


NFC Announce Fleet Renewal Programme

The National Flight Centre Pilot Academy (NFC), based at Weston in Leixlip, Co. Kildare has announced they have appointed Tecnam Aircraft, based in Capua, Italy, for our fleet replacement programme.  This is a multi-million-euro commitment to purchase state-of-the-art training aircraft from this renowned manufacturer. The replacement fleet will include Tecnam twin-engine P2006T aircraft and Tecnam P-Mentor single-engine IFR trainer aircraft. In conjunction with the fleet transformation, and to ensure the maximum level of service, NFC will also become an authorised Tecnam maintenance facility for Ireland.

The P2006T MkII is a twin-engine four-seat aircraft with fully retractable landing gear. It offers an innovative design, with the Garmin 1000 NXi avionics suite, integrating all primary flight, navigation, communication and terrain data on two high-definition LCD displays. The P2006Tis also equipped with an S-Tec 55x high-performance, two-axis autopilot, with advanced features. Fitted with two Rotax 912S3 engines, the Tecnam P2006 Texhibits remarkable fuel saving and can be operated on AVGAS and MOGAS 95octane fuel, leading to significant cost reductions.

The P-Mentor is the latest design from Tecnam, an IFR single engine two-seat single engine piston aircraft: IFR; PBN, RNAV; Variable Pitch, Autopilot, Simulated Retractable Gear Control; BRS. The extremely fuel efficient and low-emissions Rotax 912iSc becomes the heart of a full IFR-approved aircraft, coupled with an MT constant speed propeller.

Darragh Owens

Commenting on the announcement, the NFC Head of Training, Darragh Owens said, “Following detailed competitor analysis we are delighted to have chosen Tecnam as our long-term partner for our aircraft fleet renewal programme. We will continue to focus on delivering high-quality training with modern glass cockpit aircraft, whilst achieving environmental benefits including reduced fuel consumption and emissions, and an improved noise profile. The replacement programme will commence in December 2022.”

Also commenting was Tecnam’s Chief Sales Officer, Walter Da Costa who said, “We are delighted to welcome National Flight Centre, one of Europe’s longest established Pilot Academies to the Tecnam family. We are the world’s largest manufacturers of piston aircraft, having delivered more than 7,000 aircraft to70 countries worldwide, offering a complete solution for all pilot training needs. We are also pleased to authorise NFC as the only Tecnam-approved Part145 maintenance facility in Ireland.”

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