Factory-Authorized Program To Include Pre-Type Rating Training,
Diamond Aircraft has announced that ATP (Airline Transport
Professionals) will provide factory-authorized initial and
recurrent type rating flight training for the Diamond D-Jet
"The D-Jet is designed primarily for the owner/pilot market and,
as such, the type rating training needs to be different than
conventional business jet type training," said Peter Maurer,
President of Diamond Aircraft. "ATP has a well-proven track record
of transitioning piston pilots to jet aircraft, and they offer an
established network covering the continental USA. The initial type
training is one thing, but to keep D-Jet pilots current and safe,
we feel that accessible and convenient recurrent training and ready
access to instructor and safety pilots is very important. ATP
offers all of these, and as our D-Jet fleet grows, so will the
number of ATP D-Jet training centers across North America.
"We are pleased that ATP is not only a very good customer, but
that this partnership will add value and convenience to the D-Jet
ownership experience for all customers," Maurer added.
As ANN reported, in November 2006 ATP
announced its purchase of 20 D-Jets, plus options, as well as five
Diamond Simulation D-Jet Flight Training Devices (FTDs). With this
fleet, ATP will not only offer professional jet flight training,
but will also offer use of these aircraft to D-Jet owners such that
they can obtain training and type rating prior to taking delivery
of their own aircraft.
With a demonstrated ability to manage a fleet of more than 140
high-utilization aircraft that flew more than 140,000 training
hours last year, ATP also will offer expanded services to D-Jet
pilots, including pre-type rating training, mentoring, aircraft
management, aircraft positioning, and factory authorized aircraft
service, in addition to the training services.
"ATP chose the D-Jet because it will provide cost effective
actual jet experience to our US and international Career Pilot
training market," said Derrick Dennis, President of ATP. "By
integrating the D-Jet into our career training programs, D-Jet
buyers will gain access to a pre-established network of training
centers, maintenance centers, dispatch capabilities, and ATP's
Pilot Network. This level of access will make the D-Jet even
simpler and more convenient to own and fly."
ATP and Diamond will release type training program details
progressively, as the D-Jet nears customer delivery.