HORIZON PURCHASES FIVE NEW AIRCRAFT AS PART OF EXPANSION PLANS
International flight training center also agrees to outsource maintenance, repair and overhaul to AMMROC
23rd February 2011
The Al Ain based Horizon International Flight Academy has inked a deal with Austria’s Diamond Aircraft for the purchase of 5 brand new Diamond DA42 NG’s. The new multi-engine aircraft will be an addition to the Academy’s existing fixed wing (Aeroplane) fleet of 3 Diamond DA42’s and 13 Cessna 172SP single engine aircraft and marks a significant expansion of the training center’s capabilities.
Left to right_Chrisian Dries, CEO, Diamond Aircraft_HE Homaid Al Shemmari, Chairman, Horizon
In addition, Horizon has also agreed to outsource its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) to AMMROC (Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center) LLC. The partnership will see AMMROC provide aircraft maintenance and sustainment to Horizon’s full fleet of 26 aircraft, enabling Horizon to focus on its core competency of providing world-class flight training for fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
“This aircraft purchase shows Horizon’s intent to be at the forefront of the pilot training industry with the most technologically advanced training aircraft and flight simulators available,” said the Academy’s General Manager, Mansour Al Faheem. He added: “These aircraft are equipped with modern technology, similar to those found in modern airliners. The transition from DA42 to A320, for example, becomes easier because the instrumentation in the cockpit is similar.
“In addition to this purchase, agreeing to outsource our aircraft maintenance activities to a trusted MRO solutions provider such as AMMROC will allow us to focus on our core business of training world class pilots to meet the growing needs of the expanding aviation industry in the region,” he added.
“We are proud to have Horizon, the biggest Flight School in the Middle East, as a customer. This underlines again the leading position of Diamond Aircraft’s newly developed DA42NG with the JetA1 capable Austro Engine as training and surveillance airplanes,” said Christian Dries, Chairman and owner of Diamond Aircraft Industries.
Horizon’s fixed wing training program targets airlines for their ab-initio pilot training and there is also an emerging interest from the military for basic training for their transport pilots. With its strategic location at the Al Ain International Airport, the Academy offers the best in pilot training facilities and a team of highly qualified instructors with years of experience training pilots.