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Published on : Thursday, November 14, 2013
FlairJet, the London Oxford Airport-based charter operator, is winning third party recognition for its pilot training expertise on the Embraer Phenom family. FlairJet recently trained the pilot owner of the Bari, Italy-based Phenom 100 which it manages and, this autumn, the company provided both base and line training to NetJets Europe as Europe’s leading business aviation operator prepares to take delivery of its first Phenom 300 aircraft in 2014.
Flight Operations Director and Director of Training Gerry Rolls oversaw a number of take-offs and landings with NetJets Europe pilots following simulator training in order to have the type rating added to their licences. In addition, NetJets’ Phenom 300 Senior Training Captain Carl Moore flew with Gerry to complete line training on 10 sectors (starting out in Cascais, Lisbon and concluding in Northolt, UK), in order to be released as a captain. NetJets Europe’s new Phenom 300 Senior Training Captain can now train the company’s further five Phenom 300 pilots. Thanks to FlairJet, which pioneered both the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 in Europe, the operator is now self-sufficient with its training programme.
Gerry Rolls, who has been involved since the outset with FlairJet is responsible for its training programme, has a strong background as a professional trainer (TRI/TRE) He has over 6,000 hours’ flying experience in aircraft as varied as the Airbus A320, ATR-72, SA-227 Metro, Cessna Citation and DC-3. As the most experienced trainer on the Phenom 100 and 300 he has completed six of the 24 deliveries FlairJet has carried out from Brazil. He also regularly provides TRE support for the Phenom simulator training program at ECTS/CAE Burgess Hill.
“Our expertise in Phenom 100/300 training is a capability we are pleased to offer third parties. For the longer term now we are looking at the possibility of expanding the skillset we have into the wider Marshall Aviation Services Group,” said David Fletcher, FlairJet’s Managing Director.
David Fletcher, Flairjet’s CEO, acknowledges that the FlairJet-managed fleet may soon welcome a Beechcraft King Air, following Marshall Aviation Services’ acquisition of the former Hawker Beechcraft MRO facility in Broughton, North Wales and Marshall Aviation Services becoming exclusive distributor for Beechcraft products in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia.
Meanwhile, FlairJet’s newest Phenom 100, London Oxford-based G-ITSU, has now been introduced to the charter fleet. It undertook its first commercial charter from Leeds to Northolt, UK in October.
Source:- Oxford Airport