Tecnam North America unveiled its new Tecnam Flight Center (TFC) program at this year’s AirVenture.
Through Tecnam Flight Centers, schools gain access to patented and integrated flight training and navigation technology, ease of access to aircraft through purchase and leasing options and incentives to move aircraft from the flight line into the hands of students, according to company officials, who note that Tecnam Flight Centers are now being set up across the country.
Light Sport Aircraft and the Sport Pilot license has successfully enabled older pilots to remain active in aviation. But longer term, general aviation will depend on a younger, mobile, computer savvy generation of students learning to fly, company officials said, noting Tecnam is not only addressing this with next-generation glass cockpits in its training aircraft but also by providing ground school and flight lesson courseware via interactive, mobile data platforms such as the Apple iPad.
Tecnam Flight Centers, in collaboration with MS Aviation and Hilton Software, LLC has developed proprietary software that students and instructors use simultaneously to maximize training effectiveness. Immediate, online feedback is provided to instructors, enabling them to monitor the progress of students through the material and identify where course content may need to be modified and delivered to the students wirelessly. Flight schools can also monitor the effectiveness of instructors and gain a better, real-time understanding of which teaching methods are the most effective. When students are finished with their ground school course material for the day, the same iPad can then be taken to the TFC training aircraft, slotted into its center panel and be used for navigational purposes, providing airport information, communications frequencies and position reporting on geo-referenced sectional charts, company officials said.
The company also is offering Tecnam Flight Centers several options for purchase and leasing to get aircraft to them quickly. All new aircraft will come immediately from U.S. inventory, and can be configured and delivered within one month, officials said. Leased aircraft are available for terms of two years, or 750 hours (whichever comes first) and incentives are given if the TFC sells the aircraft. Purchased aircraft are sold at a 5% discount, and additional incentives are available for other aircraft sales produced by the Tecnam Flight Center.
Tecnam North America has also entered a relationship with AirFleet Capital, Inc., a finance company with expertise in LSA financing.