Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) has announced a new order for three twin-engine DA42-VI aircraft from Austrian manufacturer Diamond Aircraft Industries, worth €4 million in list prices.
The DA42-VI aircraft is set to become the flagship of EFTA’s multi-engine piston (MEP) training programme, allowing cadets to gain experience on three different types of aircraft before obtaining their license. The new fleet also helps EFTA comply with new guidelines from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). EFTA will also receive a corresponding flight simulator as part of the order.
Capt Abdulla Al Hammadi, Vice President of EFTA, said the new fleet “strengthens our offering and makes it more unique, rounded and robust. Our cadets will benefit hugely as they gain experience on three different types of aircraft, even before they’re licensed.”
The DA42-VI is the latest version of Diamond’s twin-engine aircraft, equipped with modern technology airframe, avionics, and power plants. It generates fuel savings of up to 50% compared to conventional AVGAS-powered twins. Over 1,100 DA-42s have been delivered by Diamond and this new delivery for Emirates is expected to commence soon, with all three supposedly delivered to EFTA in the first half of 2023.