Nov 24, 2023
BAA Training, a leader in aviation training solutions, is set to significantly expand its aircraft fleet by acquiring 48 Cessna 172 Skyhawks from Textron Aviation. This is an important step in developing the biggest pilot training base in Europe, Spain. The company aims to accommodate up to 1000 students per year.
Marijus Ravoitis, CEO of BAA Training, says: “At BAA Training, we are dedicated to shaping the future of aviation by providing top-tier training facilities and resources. This strategic acquisition will grow our aircraft fleet considerably, making BAA Training capable of efficiently training up to 1000 pilots annually. Approximately 200 cadets will be supplied to our parent company, which owns 12 airlines.”
“For over six decades, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk has inspired the next generation of pilots and served as the world’s leading flight trainer,” said Chris Crow, Vice President of Piston Sales. “We are delighted to continue the relationship with BAA Training to provide their students access to the most produced single-engine aircraft globally.”
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The fleet expansion is poised to elevate the student-to-aircraft ratio significantly, ensuring a more conducive learning environment and enhanced training opportunities for future aviators. The aircraft will be equipped with state-of-the-art glass cockpits, replicating real-world airline environments, and providing students with invaluable hands-on experience. Integrated with the advanced Garmin G1000 system, these aircraft will feature exceptional capabilities, including precision navigation, weather monitoring, and enhanced situational awareness.
Currently, BAA Training’s primary flight base is at Lleida-Alguaire International Airport. However, the newly bought aircraft will operate in Spain, where an additional flight base will be launched in the second half of 2024, followed by more openings in 2025 and 2026 in other parts of Europe. Consequently, the new aircraft additions will be allocated among these flight bases based on the present demand.
BAA Training is part of the Irish company Avia Solutions Group family, the world’s largest ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) provider, with a fleet of 197 aircraft. The group also provides a range of aviation services, including MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul), pilot and crew training, ground handling, and various associated services. Supported by 11,500 highly skilled aviation professionals, the group operates in 68 countries worldwide.