Embraer has delivered the first Phenom 100 business jet to Affinity Flight Training Services. The aircraft has been selected to provide multi-engine pilot training to UK Armed Forces as part of the UK Ministry of Defence's Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme. The contract with Affinity comprises a firm order for five Phenom 100s and services support, as well as an option for additional follow on aircraft.
The Fixed-Wing training is intended to replace the Elementary, Multi-Engine and Basic Flying Training that is currently delivered on aging platforms with a new, fully integrated solution that provides state-of-the-art training aircraft, ground-based training devices and courseware all derived from the training design developed by Ascent Flight Training. In 2014, Affinity was selected by Ascent Flight Training to provide and maintain the aircraft selected for the UKMFTS programme.
The UKMFTS takes United Kingdom Armed Forces aircrew from initial training through Elementary, Basic and Advanced flying training phases preparing them for their arrival at their designated Operational Conversion Units.