FlyBy Academy Adds Two Sustainable Tecnam P-Mentors to Fleet

The aircraft offer the school new IFR options with fuel efficiency.

The P-Mentor is the latest design from Tecnam. [Courtesy: FlyBy]

On Monday, FlyBy Academy, located in Burgos, Spain, announced that it has ordered two Tecnam P-Mentors to expand its current fleet of P2002JFs and P2006T twins. 

The fleet expansion comprises an effort to improve the quality of training while simultaneously limiting the cost to students and preserving the natural environment.

“Sustainability is a journey, not a destination,” said Tecnam’s managing director Giovanni Pascale Langer. “This means that we are continuously conceptualizing and developing greener solutions—ones that offer superior performance and lower carbon emissions and thus, by consequence, the most interesting profitability.”

According to Tecnam, flight schools operating their single- and twin-engine fleets can eliminate as much as 10 tons of CO2 emissions for every student that graduates with a commercial pilot license under EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency)—a 60 percent reduction compared to fleets using 100LL fuel for a typical 155 flight training hours per student.

The P-Mentor is the latest design from Tecnam. The IFR-capable single-engine airplanes are designed to give a sustainable option for student pilots up through and including their instrument rating. 

The P-Mentor is equipped with: 

  • IFR
  • PBN
  • RNAV
  • Variable pitch
  • Autopilot
  • Simulated retractable gear control
  • BRS

The aircraft is powered by the fuel-efficient Rotax 912iSc coupled with an MT constant speed propeller.

“Tecnam's P-Mentor will allow us to significantly reduce our carbon footprint in IFR training with the added benefit of state-of-the-art instrumentation that will help us propel, even further, into our sustainable double-digit growth,” FlyBy CEO Alex Alvarez said in a statement.

Based in Texas, Ashley is the former Marketing Manager at FLYING and focuses deeply on training and education. She graduated from the Baylor Institute for Air Science with a Bachelor's in Aviation Science and holds an MBA specializing in Marketing. She is an also instrument rated private pilot and licensed FAA dispatcher.

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