Turkish Airlines Expands Diamond Sim Fleet

10 July 2024

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Turkish Airlines Flight Academy (TAFA) has recently received two new DA42-VI and ordered 6 DA40 NG, an additional 7 DA42-VI, and two Convertible DA40/DA42 FNPT II. With this new investment, the Diamond Aircraft Fleet will be increased to 26 Diamond aircraft (12 DA40, 14 DA42).

TAFA CEO, Assoc. Prof. İbrahim Zeki AKYURT stated: “The new Diamond DA40 NG and DA42-VI aircraft simulators will enhance our training programs as the identical cockpits of the DA40/DA42 simulators will ensure seamless transition to real flight operations, reflecting our commitment to excellence in pilot training.”

The 4-seat DA42-VI is the newest version of Diamond’s light piston twin-engine aircraft. It’s the first certified general aviation piston aircraft to combine modern technology airframe, avionics, and power plants, according to the company. With its combination of performance and utility, Diamond designed the jet fuel powered DA42-VI to make transitioning from single to twin engine much easier. The aircraft generates fuel savings of up to 50% compared to conventional AVGAS powered twins, says the company, and its panoramic canopy provides visibility during all flight maneuvers.

The DA40 NG is powered by the Austro Engine 168 hp AE300 jet fuel engine, and can be used as a training platform for commercial cross-country navigation and instrument approach/landing procedures. The aircraft features Garmin G1000 NXi glass cockpits and is fuel efficient and quiet.

Diamond Aircraft’s flight simulation devices are exact replicas of the real Diamond aircraft, built with authentic aircraft parts, with real avionics, high-end visuals and OEM flight dynamic models for fidelity. The instrument panel is fitted with the original Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite and standby instruments, allowing users to train in a realistic environment.

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