To support the opening of its new base at Notodden Airport, Norway-based Pilot Flight Academy (PFA) has ordered four new DA40 NG aircraft from Diamond Canada.

PFA’s CEO, Frode Granlund, said, “We already have an all Diamond DA40 NG and DA42 NG fleet, and are very happy with the operational reliability and the low operational costs of these aircraft.

“Furthermore, we do now also see that the environmental advantages with the low noise level and the use of jet fuel with no lead is highly recognised by the airports and the local communities around airports,” added Granlund. “Due to the very low noise level, the DA 40 NG has been exempted from all noise restrictions at our main base, and we can now practise landing circuits from 6 AM until midnight, and we expect the same for other airports.

“That enables a much higher utilisation of every aircraft, and that is of course is a huge competitive advantage for us.”

The new DA40NG’s are equipped Austro engines and the new Garmin G1000 NXi glass cockpits.