The Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC) – the world’s largest flight training school – has selected Cirrus Aircraft’s SR20 plane to train its pilots. The fleet of 20 Cirrus SR20s will join the existing CAFUC fleet of 200 aircraft. In addition, CAFUC will train technicians to perform maintenance and other service work on Cirrus Aircraft.
“This sale is representative of the growth we see for Cirrus as we enter into global flight training markets,” said Ian Bentley, Vice President & Managing Director at US-based Cirrus Aircraft. “We are honoured to have been chosen by CAFUC to supply these new aircraft. This sale, and the recent sale to the United States Air Force Academy continues to drive our position as a major training fleet supplier in US and global markets,” he added.
Headquartered in Guanghan, Sichuan province, CAFUC has four flight training colleges operating more than 200 aircraft. CAFUC’s additional seven campuses specialise in areas of flight technology, air traffic control, aviation engineering, air transport management, computer science, foreign languages, and aircraft cabin management. It also houses training centres for simulation flight, aero engine maintenance, and aircraft repair.
In a statement, CAFUC said; “In a training environment, our students will benefit from flying aircraft with the advanced features that come on all Cirrus aircraft: a large, air-conditioned cabin will give both students and instructors a comfortable learning environment, and easy handling, particularly in cross-winds, makes the aircraft excellent for our Luoyang sub-college. It will prepare them well for the advanced simulator training that will follow.”