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Oxford training centre adds DA42 simulator
A new simulator now compliments Leading Edge's growing fleet of Diamond aircraft, including the DA42 twin, and all using the Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck.
Panoramic views from the simulator cockpit.
Read this story in our June 2021 printed issue.

Leading Edge Aviation, a commercial pilot training company based at Oxford Airport, has taken delivery of a brand-new DA42 FNPT II simulator.

The installation of the new Diamond simulator is the latest in a series of investments by the company. It forms an important part of the multi-engine phase of training, and with a growing number of students the second DA42 simulator couldn't come soon enough for the company. It sits alongside its existing DA42 and A320 simulators situated at its centre next door to its Oxford Airport base.

Leading Edge Aviation's chief operating officer, Dave Alexander says: “As Leading Edge Aviation grows, we want to continue to offer our student pilots the most advanced training possible. The DA42 simulator from Diamond will enable us to support our students not only with the best technology, but also in a timely manner. As we continue to expand, it's important that we also increase our training capacity. The simulator compliments our growing fleet of Diamond aircraft, ensuring continuity of training for our students as they begin training on the single-engine DA40 before moving to the multi-engine DA42 aircraft and simulator, all using the Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck.“

Christian Schmid, project and key account manager, Diamond Aircraft Austria comments: “We are really happy to see our partner growing and expanding. This is the next step in order to complement LEAL's high quality jet-fuel powered fleet consisting of nine DA40s and four DA42s with the corresponding Diamond simulator to provide an optimal training transferability for any student from simulator to the real aircraft. As a result, this acquisition perfectly matches LEAL's approach to meeting the highest standards of training, and we are convinced that Leading Edge is boosting tremendously its ability to offer 21st century flight training.”

Diamond Aircraft's flight simulation devices are exact replicas of the real Diamond aircraft, built with authentic aircraft parts, with real avionics, high-end visuals and OEM flight dynamic models for fidelity that is simply unsurpassed. The instrument panel is fitted with the original Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite and standby instruments, allowing to train in a completely realistic environment. Diamond simulators are at the cutting edge of the industry to ensure the most sophisticated simulation training in preparation for advanced flight training.

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