Embraer has delivered the first Phenom 100 business jet to Affinity Flight Training Services. The aircraft has been selected to provide multi-engine pilot training to United Kingdom (UK) armed forces as part of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) program. The contract with Affinity comprises a firm order for five Phenom 100s and services support, as well as an option for additional follow on aircraft.
“The departure of the first Embraer Phenom 100 from Brazil, en route to the UK, marks a significant milestone in preparation for delivering the MFTS Fixed Wing program,” said Iain Chalmers, managing director of Affinity. “Affinity is delighted this has been achieved ahead of the original program schedule.”
“We are very happy with our partnership with Affinity and for the opportunity to take part in the UKMFTS program”, said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.
The Fixed Wing program is intended to replace the Elementary, Multi-Engine and Basic Flying Training that is currently delivered on aging platforms with a new, fully integrated solution that provides state-of-the-art training aircraft, ground-based training devices, and courseware all derived from the training design developed by Ascent Flight Training, the Training Service Provider of the UKMFTS program. In 2014, Affinity was selected by Ascent Flight Training to provide and maintain the aircraft selected for the UKMFTS program.
The UKMFTS takes United Kingdom Armed Forces aircrew from initial training through elementary, basic, and advanced flying training phases preparing them for their arrival at their designated operational conversion units.