Elixir Trainers Land at Airbus Academy Europe

AFAE sees new airplanes revolutionizing training through environmental impact.

Elixir Aircraft announced that these four aircraft were delivered with the recently EASA certified full glass cockpit. [Courtesy of Elixir Aircraft]

Airbus Flight Academy Europe (AFAE) marked its commitment to environmental sustainability and cutting-edge training with the recent delivery of four state-of-the-art Elixir airplanes. These trainers, tailored for global professional flight training organizations, were received at AFAE's Angouleme, France, facility earlier this week.

What sets the two-seat airplanes apart is the inclusion of the recently EASA-certified full glass cockpit with a full suite of Garmin avionics, a high-tech feature designed specifically to meet the rigorous demands of professional aviation training. This new design is intended to align with the academy's dedication to staying at the forefront of technological advancements in flight training.

AFAE has also ordered an additional four aircraft, scheduled for delivery in early 2024. Compared to the current fleet of older-generation airplanes, the Elixir 100HP, a fourth-generation aircraft certified under EASA CS-23, offers a remarkable reduction in fuel consumption by a factor of four, accompanied by a 50 percent decrease in noise emissions. 

AFAE is an Airbus subsidiary headquartered in Champniers, France—close neighbors to GAMA member Elixir, located in La Rochelle, France, and established in 2015. AFAE, established in 2006, has accumulated more than 525,000 flight hours and 131,000 simulator hours, and maintains a fleet of more than 100 aircraft. With more than 80 aircraft on firm order and more than 200 preordered, Elixir Aircraft looks to shape the future of light aviation.

Amy Wilder is managing editor for Plane & Pilot magazine. She fell in love with airplanes at age 8 when her brother-in-law took her up in a Cessna 172. Pretty soon, Amy's bedroom walls were covered with images of vintage airplanes and she was convinced she'd be a bush pilot in Alaska one day. She became a journalist instead, which is also somewhat impractical—but with fewer bears. Now she's working on her private pilot certificate and ready to be a lifelong student of the art of flying.

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