Turbo-Prop Training now on Offer at Stapleford

Stapleford Flight Centre in Essex, working in conjunction with Flywatch Global, is offering a ten-hour Single Engine Turbine (SET) class rating course on a Pilatus PC-12.

The new PC-12 has now joined the Stapleford fleet of training aircraft. It will also be available for dry leasing.

Stapleford says that five students are already signed up for the new course, which will be led by Tony Gunn, Director of Flywatch Global Ltd, which runs aviation training, dry leasing and sales management for the PC-12 and Socata TBM.

The PC-12 is a 10-seater SET aeroplane, requiring around 500 metres for take-off and landing on hard or grass runways with a landing speed of 77 knots. It has a cruise speed of 260 knots, maximum altitude of 30,000 feet and range of 1,200 miles.

The SET class rating is a minimum of ten hours flight training in the aircraft, subject to experience, with a written exam and a High-Performance Aircraft (HPA) exam for those without a professional licence.

Stapleford-trained pilots will get preferential treatment when it comes to jobs with Flywatch Global operations, subject to suitability. Stapleford’s Head of Training Colin Dobney welcomed the new arrival:

“Launching a SET class rating is an important new development for us as a leading training school for tomorrow’s professional pilots. It will be particularly attractive for those thinking of a career in the corporate sector. The Pilatus PC-12 is ideally suited to Stapleford and will offer excellent dry leasing options.”

Tony Gunn trained and worked as a flight instructor at Stapleford and now specialises in turbo-prop aircraft as a pilot and instructor.

He first encountered Colin Dobney when he was examiner for Colin’s IMC at Southend. Suitably qualified pilots will be able to hire the aeroplane after training.

Author: Rob Hall

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