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ACS Aviation have announced a series of new multi million pound investments and commitments as it moves to begin the renewal of its aircraft fleet in 2023. Scotland’s largest commercial pilot training academy, which currently operates 20 aircraft from its main base at Perth Airport, will eventually say goodbye to the older aircraft with sale and leasing agreements in place, as it welcomes the next-generation of aircraft into service in 2023. The new P Mentor aircraft offer up to a 60% per cent reduction in carbon emissions compared to the legacy training fleet which operate from Perth Airport. 

After an incredibly successful year and strong growth in 2022, ACS are pleased to confirm the new aircraft order will commence from summer 2023 onwards. The company will also become the first Tecnam aircraft service centre in Scotland offering specialist aircraft maintenance and technical support to its customers. The move follows a successful period for ACS Aviation where a record number of graduates have secured positions as first officers with leading UK airlines.

“Tecnam’s P-Mentor aircraft will allow us to significantly reduce our carbon footprint in Commercial Flight Training and Upset Prevention Recovery Training with the added benefit of state-of-the-art instrumentation that will help us propel, even further, into our sustainable double-digit growth”. Said Craig McDonald, Technical Director at ACS Aviation.


ACS Aviation intensifies training efforts and hires young aircraft engineers

Aircraft maintenance specialist, ACS Engineering hires young aircraft engineers The Perth Airport based business, which employs over 40 people, confirmed that it has successfully recruited trainee aircraft mechanics who will learn their trade over three years, from September this year.

Craig McDonald, Technical Director at ACS Aviation, said that more than 100 young people expressed interest in the jobs


Mr McDonald noted that trainee aircraft mechanic positions would give the successful candidates the opportunity to achieve their aircraft maintenance engineers licence whilst working and earning. ACS Aviation have partnered with the world-renowned Air Service Training (AST) College also based at Perth Airport to deliver the modular training for the three-year program.

Mr McDonald said that many people had asked why the company was hiring in the teeth of the Covid-19 crisis, which has left the aviation industry reeling. “There’s a very simple reason for that, this is a three-year programme,” he said, adding that “ACS Aviation was planning for the long-term when it decided to hire the trainees”.

Despite the crisis in the aviation industry caused by coronavirus, ACS Aviation are set to expand their flight training capabilities by adding additional aircraft to the fleet in 2020. In addition to that ACS Aviation is currently in talks with several airports throughout the UK to expand aviation operations in 2021.

Scottish Enterprise has welcomed the news, commenting “It’s a huge vote of confidence in the aviation sector” they said.

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