By Staff writer
Academy has also placed an order for five twin-jet Embraer Phenom 100EV aircraft
Emirates Flight Training Academy, the flight training facility being developed by Emirates, has taken delivery of its first two Cirrus SR22 G6 training aircraft in Dubai.
The light aircraft are the first of the 22 single-piston engine Cirrus aircraft that have been ordered by the academy to train 'ab initio', or beginner, pilots.
With a range of up 1,207 nautical miles (1,943 kilometres), the two Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft landed in Dubai following a multi-stop transatlantic journey spanning over 13,000 kilometres.
According to Emirates, the two Cirrus planes then embarked on an 11-stop transatlantic journey transiting through 10 countries flying (during daylight hours) an average of over 5 hours a day. Stops included Iqaluit in Canada, Nuuk in Greenland, Reykjavik in Iceland and Wick in Scotland. From there the aircraft flew to Sywell in Northamptonshire, and then on to Venice, Crete, Aqaba, Bahrain and finally to Dubai.
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.
Scheduled to open in November 2017, the Emirates Flight Training Academy near Dubai World Central, is designed to be one of the most advanced flight training facilities in the world.
The facility will be spread over an area the size 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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