The Saudi National Company of Aviation (SNCA), a CAE Authorized Training Center, selected Diamond Aircraft’s twin DA42-VI and single DA40 NG for its training center. The agreement will comprise of 60 airplanes over a five-year period. Delivery of the first 12 aircraft will start February 2019.

The DA40 NG and the DA42-VI represent the newest versions of Diamond’s piston aircraft fleet, the first certified general aviation piston aircraft, it says, to combine modern technology airframes, avionics and power plants. The aircraft are equipped with jet-fuel piston Austro engines and Garmin G1000 NXi avionics systems.

“This purchase agreement is one of the largest in history of aviation academies in Saudi Arabia and perhaps the Middle East region. It also marks a new era of aviation training in the Kingdom, which is well aligned with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision,” says Anthony Miller, director of Global Business Development at SNCA.