Saxon Air has announced the grand opening of its Flight Training Centre – a significant advancement in environmentally sustainable pilot training.

This initiative sets a unique benchmark in aviation education, emphasising low-emission flight training to drive the industry towards a more sustainable future.

The programme is based at Saxon Air’s HQ at Klyne Business Aviation Centre, and is anchored by the introduction of the UK’s first Virus SW121A – ‘Pipistrel Explorer’ aircraft, provided by NEBOair.

Eastern Daily Press: The Pipistrel ExplorerThe Pipistrel Explorer (Image: Richard Jarmy Photography)

The Explorer represents the pinnacle of sustainable aviation technology with its ultra-efficient operation and dramatically lower emissions, offering around a 40pc reduction in CO2 emissions compared to traditional aircraft. 

This aircraft is the perfect complement for private Pilot License (PPL) training alongside the Pipistrel Velis Electro at Saxon Air.

There is also the option to further reduce your carbon footprint by offsetting your flights. 

NEBOair and Saxon Air have been partners since 2022, united in their mission to decarbonise aviation training and promote zero-emission, sustainable flight.

NEBOair’s leasing programme focuses on flying schools and clubs to support economical access to advanced aircraft, supporting NEBOair’s vision of widespread sustainable aviation practices aligned with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles.

Saxon Air is delighted to have this collaboration to bolster the training fleet and work towards shared sustainable goals.

Kerry Wilmot from NEBOair said: “When introduced with the Velis Electro, the Explorer’s exceptional environmental performance underlines our commitment to the decarbonisation of pilot training.

“Its advanced features ensure that every aspect of the aircraft is designed to optimise efficiency and minimise environmental impact, making it an ideal choice for PPL training at Saxon Air.”

In collaboration with NEBOair, Saxon Air has effectively doubled its training fleet, greatly enhancing its capacity to deliver flight training services. 

This expansion is not only a leap forward for Saxon Air but also paves the way for a transformative impact on the aviation training landscape across the region.

Eastern Daily Press: The Explorer represents the pinnacle of sustainable aviation technologyThe Explorer represents the pinnacle of sustainable aviation technology (Image: PilotStudd)

Saxon Air’s CEO, Alex Durand, said: “Welcoming the UK’s first Pipistrel Explorer into our fleet marks a milestone in our journey to offer affordable, lower-emission flight training. 

“This is a pivotal moment for Saxon Air and a huge leap towards our vision of a sustainable aviation future.”

Saxon Air invites aspiring pilots and aviation enthusiasts to explore its revolutionary training programme and join in shaping a greener future.

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