Cork’s Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) announced plans yesterday to convert its fleet to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the coming years, and is exploring options to fund this.
AFTA @atlanticflight trains commercial pilots in co-operation with MTU for the airline industry. Its clients include #Ryanair, #AirAstana, and #GlobeAir.
The company has already moved to reduce its carbon footprint by changing its fleet from high carbon emitting older technology aircraft, to next-generation, Austrian-manufactured, Diamond DA 42 NG aircraft.
“We are committed to achieving the 2030 deadline for a 100% fleet conversion to SAF ahead of schedule and we are in current discussions with manufacturers and airframe retrofit component providers to lock in an achievable timeline to conversion.”
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AFTA Announce Pilot Training Partnership With GlobeAir
Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA), has announced a new Pilot Training Partnership with GlobeAir, a private jet charter company, to train cadets for their future careers as commercial pilots in 2023 and 2024. The candidates who will be involved in the pilot training programme as part of the partnership between AFTA and GlobeAir will go on to receive 18 months of extensive training in Cork and Waterford Airports.
AFTA has trained over 2,300 graduates since 1995, who are now employed with the world’s leading airlines, including Ryanair, Air Astana, Pegasus Airlines, Emerald Airlines, Aer Lingus, easyJet, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific and many more.
The new pilot training partnership between GlobeAir and AFTA will see successful student cadets fly AFTA’s next-generation G 1000 NXI Glass cockpit Cessna 172’s for the initial phase of the flight training, followed by the Diamond DA42 NG, B737 NG and 737-8200 simulators for the advanced phases.
Bernhard Fragner, GlobeAir CEO, said: “GlobeAir continues to identify innovative partnerships to help us stay at the forefront in the private aviation sector. We have carefully selected AFTA as our pilot training partner due to their high standards and commitment to excellence. By working with them, we hope to provide a path for a new generation of aviation enthusiasts to join the GlobeAir”.
Managing Director at AFTA, Mark Casey, said: “We are proud to have been selected by GlobeAir to train cadets for their future careers as commercial pilots in 2023/2024. Our new partnership with GlobeAir is testament to AFTA’s successful record of helping leading global airlines to train their pilots to the highest possible EASA standards in a training environment designed to challenge and enhance their cadets flying skills. AFTA will celebrate 28 years training commercial pilots in their careers next year and we look forward to the next 28 years expanding the business on the world stage.”