Diamond Sells 60 Aircraft For Flight Training

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Diamond Aircraft, of Austria, announced this week at the Middle East Business Aviation Association Show in Dubai they have agreed to sell 60 airplanes, including both the single-engine DA40 NG and the DA42-VI twin, over the next five years to the Saudi National Company of Aviation’s CAE Authorized Training Center. The new 10-acre center, announced at last year’s show, is based at King Fahad International Airport in Dammam, the kingdom’s third largest city. Deliveries of the first 12 Diamond airplanes will begin in February.

The two airplane types represent the newest versions of Diamond’s piston aircraft fleet, the company said. The aircraft are equipped with jet-fuel piston Austro engines and Garmin G1000 NXi avionics systems. “This purchase agreement is one of the largest in history of aviation academies in Saudi Arabia and perhaps the Middle East region,” said Anthony Miller, director of business development at the SNCA-CAE center. “We at SNCA-CAE Authorized Training Center are determined to provide the aviation industry with highly qualified male and female pilots that are able to advance within the aviation industry and serve as an integral tool for development in the region.”

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"This purchase agreement is one of the largest in history of aviation academies in Saudi Arabia and perhaps the Middle East region"

Are bone saws included in the order?

Posted by: ANDREW PATTERSON | December 10, 2018 6:34 PM    Report this comment

No Andrew. The passengers will bring their own.

Posted by: kim hunter | December 11, 2018 12:58 AM    Report this comment

"We at SNCA-CAE Authorized Training Center are determined to provide the aviation industry with highly qualified male and female pilots that are able to advance within the aviation industry and serve as an integral tool for development in the region."

"determined to provide the aviation industry with highly qualified male and female pilots"...Really?

I wonder how one would train women to become pilots in a country who has oppressed and abused women, refusing them even an opportunity for a driver's license, let alone throwing out the basic concept of human equality and freedom. Gag me Mr. Anthony Miller, director of business development at the SNCA-CAE center...your words are nothing but "press speak" in your attempt sound politically correct.

I'll bet Mr. Miller and any female pilot candidates will not wander off too far from the compound they will be forced to live in to avoid being killed by those who do not share his "political correctness".

Posted by: Jim Holdeman | December 11, 2018 8:40 AM    Report this comment

This is just another example of the fact that American dominance of light aircraft design and manufacture is over. Sad. I don't know about Piper, but I'm pretty sure that Textron (Cessna & Beech) will be out of the piston single market in less than 5 years.

Posted by: John McNamee | December 11, 2018 11:30 AM    Report this comment

John --- you're unaware of a little outfit called Cirrus ???? LOL.

Posted by: JAMES MILLER | December 11, 2018 2:50 PM    Report this comment

James, you mean that Chinese owned company? Yeah, I've heard of them. What's your point?

Posted by: John McNamee | December 12, 2018 1:51 AM    Report this comment

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