The UNSW Department of Aviation signed an agreement with aircraft sales and services company Hawker Pacific to acquire seven new Diamond aircraft for its aviation training fleet.
Under the agreement, which is worth close to US$3 million, Hawker Pacific will supply six new Diamond DA-40CS single-engine four-seaters and one DA42L360 twin-engine aircraft. It will also maintain the aircraft for five years.
The deal reinforces UNSW Aviation's role as the pre-eminent university for aviation training in the Australasian region. The aircraft are expected to be delivered during the first quarter of 2010 and will be housed at the UNSW Aviation facilities at Bankstown. The six DA-40s will be powered by the Lycoming IO-360-M1A Av Gas engine and the DA42L360, by two counter-rotating Lycoming IO-360 (180hp) power plants.
Mr Brian Horton, Director of Flight Operations at the UNSW Aviation says: "These aeroplanes will provide our students with one of the world's best training environments, consistent with our objective of being the leading aviation university in the Australasian region. Hawker Pacific have not only worked with us in selecting the most appropriate aeroplanes for our training requirements but have structured a maintenance package tailored specifically to our requirements over the next five years," Mr Horton said.
Mr Tony Jones, Hawker Pacific's Senior Vice President, Aircraft Sales and Flight Services Group, said: "Selection of the DA40 and DA42L360 by UNSW for its aviation training fleet was made after an extensive evaluation of the faculty's future training needs and the aircraft that would best meet those needs. These two aircraft clearly stood out as offering the best-value solution for both the short and long term."
UNSW Aviation has over 500 students enrolled in a selection of programs and services related to the aviation industry. Degree programs range from the Bachelor of Aviation to Masters and Doctorate programs, teaching vocational skills ranging from pilots to air traffic controller and airport or airline managers. It is also a leader in research, with projects including studies of human error, pilot risk management behavior, airline strategies, safety classification systems in aviation and transportation, airborne scanning lasers and beach erosion.
Hawker Pacific says the Diamond DA40 stands out as a low-entry-level state of the art aircraft for flying school operators. It is very well equipped, carries leading-edge technology and offers a high level of the economy, safety and performance.
The Diamond aircraft range also provides important synergies for operators in terms of cockpit layout and handling characteristics between single and twin-engine aircraft. These benefits provide a better quality of training and ease of progress for trainees to more advanced aircraft.