How’s this for a hotship for learning to fly? It’s the Blackshape Bk160 Gabriél, with two seats in tandem, retractable undercarriage and largely constructed from carbon fibre. It’s also Italian and thus gorgeous to look at.
Two of these Blackshape Bk160 Gabriél trainer aircraft have been delivered to Zelf Vliegen Flight Academy in the Netherlands, which is the launch customer for the aircraft. They will be used for the Transavia Airline Pilot Programme. The aircraft is certified to EASA CS-VLA standards and comes with an Aspen EFD1000 glass cockpit.
Transavia started its new Airline Pilot Programme, offering young people the opportunity to obtain their Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL), last year.
Transavia Airlines is a low-cost airline with links to Air France. It operates from the Netherlands and France with a fleet of 80 Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft to over 110 destinations in Europe and North Africa.
Zelf Vliegen Flight Academy offers a full range of pilot training and class ratings, including Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) practical flight training, the Private Pilot Licence (PPL), the Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) and the Recreational Pilot License (RPL-MLA).
Zelf Vliegen Flight Academy is also the international sales representative for the Italian Blackshape Bk160 Gabriél and the Blackshape Bs100 Prime aircraft.