Tue, 14 June 2016

Etihad Flight College Takes Delivery of First of Four Embraer Phenom 100Es

Etihad Flight College has taken delivery of the first of four Embraer Phenom 100Es.

The twin jet training aircraft will begin service with the flight college in July 2016, while a second aircraft will arrive at the flight colleges base in Al Ain later this month. Two further jets will be delivered in early 2017.

The Phenom will be used to instruct students on the Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) course. MPL is an innovative competency based approach to flying training using multi-engine aircraft. Introducing Multi Crew Pilot operations from the onset training is more effective, as airline flight crews operate as a team in older formats, pilots are trained individually.

The aircraft arrived at Etihad Flight Colleges facilities in Al Ain following a marathon 10-day voyage from Embraers manufacturing base in So Jos dos Campos, Brazil.

The ferry flight, via four continents and covering over 12,500 miles, was commanded by Etihad Flight Colleges MPL Program Manager, Senior First Officer Timothy Schoenauer. The 18 sector route from Brazil went via two Caribbean islands, Florida, Virginia, Maine, Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, Belfast, Amsterdam, Italy, Greece, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, before arriving in Al Ain.

Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President and Chief Executive Officer, Embraer Executive Jets, said, Designed for high utilisation, with a pilot-friendly cockpit and docile flying qualities, the Phenom 100E is considered an obvious choice by airlines to prepare its cadets for jet operations. Im glad to start delivery of Etihad Flight Colleges Phenom 100E fleet, which will be the first flight school to use the aircraft in the initial phase of flying training.

Once the four aircraft are delivered, they will bring the number of aircraft in the trainer fleet to 22 which also includes 10 Cessna 172SP Skyhawk, six Diamond DA42NG, and two EXTRA 300 aircraft.

There are 186 cadet pilots currently in Etihad Flight College training programmes, 122 of whom are Emiratis.

In addition to training pilots for Etihad Airways, Etihad Flight College also trains pilots for two Etihad equity partner airlines Alitalia and Air Seychelles.

Etihad Airways currently employs over 2,200 pilots and operates a fleet of 122 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with over 204 additional aircraft on firm order.

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