L3 Commercial Training Solutions (L3 CTS) has announced development plans at the L3 European Airline Academy to increase the cadet capacity training at the facility to 500 per year. To support the additional cadets, 12 new Diamond DA40 and four single-engine Cessna aircraft will be added to the Airline Academy's fleet, the first of which will be flying by the end of June 2018.

The L3 European Airline Academy at Ponte de Sor, Portugal, was established earlier this year to build L3 CTS's worldwide pilot training footprint. The new investments include the development of a top floor of the campus building to provide high-quality, stylish and modern on-site accommodation for more than 100 additional cadets. The work is scheduled to start in June and be completed by September.

In addition to the investment in infrastructure and aircraft, the L3 European Airline Academy has been integrated into the company's wider cadet training offering. This was marked by the first intake of cadets who completed ground school training at an alternative L3 Airline Academy facility. These cadets will undertake approximately six months of flight training in Portugal before returning to the UK to complete the remainder of the course.

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