FlairJet's expertise in pilot training brings a new string 
to Marshall's bow.

Wednesday 13th November 2013

  • FlairJet
  • Embraer Phenom
  • FlairJet's Gerry Rolls

FlairJet, the London Oxford Airport, UK based charter operator, has been quick to realise its value as the branded charter operator under Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group's Aviation Services arm.  Now the company is winning third party recognition for its pilot training expertise on the Embraer Phenom family too.   FlairJet recently trained the pilot owner of the Bari, Italy based Phenom 100 which it manages and, this autumn, the company provided both base and line training to NetJets Europe as Europe's leading business aviation operator prepares to take delivery of its first Phenom 300 aircraft in 2014.

Flight Operations Director and Director of Training Gerry Rolls oversaw a number of take-offs and landings with NetJets Europe pilots following simulator training in order to have the type rating added to their licences.  In addition, NetJets' Phenom 300 Senior Training Captain Carl Moore flew with Gerry to complete line training on 10 sectors (starting out in Cascais, Lisbon and concluding in Northolt, UK), in order to be released as a captain.  NetJets Europe's new Phenom 300 Senior Training Captain can now train the company's further five Phenom 300 pilots.  Thanks to FlairJet, which pioneered both the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 in Europe, the operator is now self-sufficient with its training programme.

Gerry Rolls, who has been involved since the outset with FlairJet is responsible for its training programme, has a strong background as a professional trainer (TRI/TRE)  He has over 6,000 hours' flying experience in aircraft as varied as the Airbus A320, ATR-72, SA-227 Metro, Cessna Citation and DC-3.  As the most experienced trainer on the Phenom 100 and 300 he has completed six of the  24 deliveries FlairJet has carried out from Brazil.  He also regularly provides TRE support for the Phenom simulator training program at ECTS/CAE Burgess Hill.

"Our expertise in Phenom 100/300 training is a capability we are pleased to offer third parties.  For the longer term now we are looking at the possibility of expanding the skillset we have into the wider Marshall Aviation Services Group," said David Fletcher, FlairJet's Managing Director.

David Fletcher is at the Dubai Air Show with his new owners.  Stand No 2364.   He acknowledges that the FlairJet managed fleet may soon welcome a Beechcraft King Air, following Marshall Aviation Services' acquisition of the former Hawker Beechcraft MRO facility in Broughton, North Wales and Marshall Aviation Services becoming exclusive distributor for Beechcraft products in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia.

Meanwhile, FlairJet's newest Phenom 100, Oxford based G-ITSU, has now been introduced to the charter fleet.  It undertook its first commercial charter from Leeds to Northolt, UK in October.

Editor's notes:

FlairJet (www.flair-jet.com) was founded in 2009 by CEO Captain David Fletcher with the backing of three prominent London QCs.  It obtained its UK AOC in December of that year.  From its base at London Oxford Airport, the company has established itself as a dynamic aircraft management company with a strong track record in charter sales. In March this year the company was acquired by the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to become the lead charter company for Marshall Aviation Services' expanding business aviation portfolio with David Fletcher continuing as Managing Director.  FlairJet has lent its technical expertise to Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 operators all around the world and its training department is actively involved in supporting private owners, other AOC operators and approved training organisations throughout Europe. The company has managed the acquisition, acceptance and delivery of a total 24 Embraer aircraft.  This summer FlairJet  completed the delivery of Embraer's 400th Phenom aircraft.

Marshall Aviation Services (www.marshallas.com) is responsible for all of Marshall ADG's business and commercial aviation activities, including the management of Cambridge International Airport. Across its Broughton, Cambridge and Oxford locations it offers solutions including: maintenance, modification, refurbishment and conversion of business aircraft to Hawker, King Air and Cessna Citation aircraft amongst others.  The company also provides aircraft management and charter through FlairJet; sales of new Beechcraft Aircraft across the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia; hangarage at Cambridge Airport; and within JETability, aircraft brokerage and complementary services tailored to the requirements of business aircraft owners and operators.

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (www.marshalladg.com) specialises in the conversion and modification of military, civil and business aircraft; defence vehicle engineering and shelter manufacture. Its capabilities include engineering design, manufacture and test, systems integration, maintenance and product support, and the provision of personnel, training and advice.  The company is valued for its integrity, performance and customer focus which has been demonstrated through its innovative solutions and ability to deliver on-time and to-cost.  Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is part of the Marshall Group of Companies which employs over 4,500 people with a turnover in excess of £1.1bn.

About NetJets Europe (www.netjetseurope.com) NetJets Europe was founded in 1996 and today is the largest business jet company in Europe.  As the only pan-European business aviation company with its own fleet, NetJets Europe, through NetJets Transportes Aéreos S.A. (NTA), is uniquely capable of delivering a consistent, world-class service with an unparalleled commitment to safety and security. NTA was the first business jet operator to be awarded the IOSA certificate, the highest safety accreditation in the world. NetJets Europe employs a total workforce of more than 1,300 and has over 130 aircraft. NetJets Europe is the marketing agent of NetJets Transportes Aéreos S.A., an EU air Carrier.

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