European Flight Academy Adds DA40 NG to Its Fleet

DA40 safety record and fuel efficiency make it an attractive trainer.

Diamond DA40 NG in flight

Diamond’s DA40 NG is a favorite for flight schools due to its fuel efficiency and its safety record. [Photo: Courtesy of Diamond Aircraft]

The European Flight Academy in Germany is growing its fleet of training aircraft. 

The academy, which is a brand of Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT), recently took delivery of two new Austro Engine jet-fuel-powered DA40 NG aircraft at Rostock-Laage Airport (ETNL) in Germany. The delivery increases the training fleet at the company’s flight school to 12 aircraft of both types, DA40 and DA42. 

“With the new deliveries, we expand our fleet of state-of-the-art training aircraft, and improve training quality even more,” said Matthias Lehmann, managing director of LAT Pilot Academy, in a statement. 

The new DA40 NG aircraft are powered by an Austro AE300, a 168 hp, turbocharged four-cylinder, two-liter piston engine that can run on either jet A-1 or diesel fuel. The DA40 comes with a fully integrated Garmin G1000 NXi flight deck that includes the GFC700 Automatic Flight Control System and provides avionics support that includes traffic advisories, Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology, and satellite weather.

“We are proud to support the growth of European Flight Academy,” said Jane Wang, sales director, Diamond Aircraft Austria, in a released statement. “The cooperation with the academy has been a great pleasure and we’re looking forward to continuing to support them with the industry’s safest and most efficient training platforms.”

A view of the DA40 NG cockpit showcasing the Garmin G1000 NXi flight deck. [Photo: Diamond Aircraft]

Safety Record, Fuel Efficiency Attractive to Flight Schools

Diamond boasts an “industry-leading safety record,” which makes its aircraft particularly desirable for flight schools.

With headquarters in Austria, Diamond attributes the low accident rate of the DA40 to the airplane’s active and passive safety features, including the superb visibility of its cockpit design. 

The fuel-efficiency of the aircraft is also an attractive feature for flight schools. The DA40 consumes 5.1 gph operating at 60 percent max power. Soon, flight schools may have an even more fuel-efficient option: electric aircraft. 

Seizing on the push across general aviation to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, Diamond is developing an all-electric aircraft—targeted specifically for flight training purposes. Dubbed the eDA40, Diamond expects the electric trainer to be certified by early 2024.

Other aircraft manufacturers are also developing electric aircraft tailored for flight training. Pipistrel’s Velis Electro S-LSA is already on the market in the U.S. and it was recently certificated to operate in the U.K. 

A Global Training Solution

LAT combines the flight schools of Lufthansa Group—including its ab initio training program for Lufthansa Airlines—under the brand European Flight Academy (EFA). EFA has been the flight school of the Lufthansa Group since 2017 and has training facilities located across Germany and Switzerland. 

[Courtesy of EFA]

EFA students also spend time training in the U.S. The academy partners with United Aviate Academy in Goodyear, Arizona, where its students are trained to fly single-engine aircraft and receive upset prevention and recovery training. Taking advantage of Goodyear’s average 290-plus days of sunshine a year, the students spend approximately five months flying Cirrus SR20 aircraft, according to EFA.

EFA boasts on its website of having the largest simulator fleet in Europe, representing all major aircraft types, and 450 flight instructors.

Sara is the former copy chief at FLYING. She fell in love with aviation over a decade of working as editor of Lift, the flagship magazine for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She holds a M.S. in Mass Communication and is passionate about authentic storytelling—and making sure that “every I is dotted and every T is crossed.” Follow Sara on Twitter @sarawithrow.

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