Today the French academy has a fleet of Tecnam aircraft.

TOURS – FRANCE – The recent acquisition of 10 Tecnam P-Mentors completes Mermoz’s fleet expansion programme. The aircraft will be used for both PPL (Private Pilot Licence) and MPL (Multi Pilot Licence) courses. One of the reasons for this choice, apart from the excellent fuel consumption, is the lowest CO2 emissions, making the P-Mentor the aircraft of choice for students and flight schools.

Students at the Mermoz base in Tours are now happy to begin and complete their IFR training on a modern platform with digital screens and all the features of the large aircraft they will be working on. The academy, which has been operating in France since 2018, currently has 220 students and a fleet of ten (10) P-Mentor, five (5) P2006T twin-engine and four (4) P2010 single-engine four-seaters.

Tecnam Green Fleet.  Based on recent data and industry benchmarks, flight training schools operating Tecnam’s single and twin-engine fleets can save as much as 10 tons of CO2 emissions for every single student graduating with a Commercial Pilot License – a 60% reduction compared to legacy fleets using Avgas 100LL fuel. (Based on 155 flight training hours, including 30 hours on the twin.)

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The P-Mentor is a two-seat single engine piston aircraft fully IFR – is compliant with the latest CS-23 EASA & FAA requirements, allowing PBN/RNAV/AFCS capabilities. The modern flight school have today one platform to train students from their first flight up to CPL- IR, including Variable Pitch Propeller, Simulated Retractable Landing Gear and UPRT.

The P-Mentor is designed to offer the best human machine interface resulting in the most effective VFR/IFR training while the generous fuel tank allows Flight Schools to fly all day long without refueling, no interruption is equal to improve operational value. Lowest cost of maintenance, lowest fuel consumption, and the greatest value for money, make this aircraft a unique profit opportunity for any Flight School.

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Stephane Larrieu, Mermoz Academy Managing Director said “With this new acquisition, we now have a harmonised Tecnam fleet that allows us to offer modern flight training, from PPL to IR ME. Mermoz Academy owns its own fleet and maintains it internally through its Authorised Tecnam Service Centre. We feel that we have all the “tools” to offer training at the highest level, helping airlines and students to meet their needs”.

Walter Da Costa, Tecnam’s Chief Sales Officer said “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Mermoz Academy and to see its growth. The Tecnam fleet is a unique solution on the market, ensuring reliability, cost control, intelligent training and low emissions. Together with Mermoz, we are proud to innovate the flight training paradigm in France”.



MERMOZ ACADEMY is a reference ATO in Europe since 1957, which operates a modern fleet of airplanes and the biggest Tecnam fleets in Europe. The academy trains 150 students a year on different bases South of France, (Nimes), near Paris (Tours), in the USA and Canada. Instructors are former Air Force pilots and Airliners pilots to offering students the highest industry’s standards training.

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