Lakeland – Tecnam announced today that US-based HCH Aviation has placed an order for fifteen Tecnam P-Mentor aircraft. HCH Aviation has an exclusive partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University to provide professional pilot training as part of the university’s flight training initiative. The university has 60 student pilots and will have 110 by the end of 2023. In response to this huge demand, HCH Aviation has expanded its fleet with the addition of these brand new Tecnam P-MENTORs, which will join the twin-engine P2006Ts that are already in the fleet.

About the P-Mentor
The P-Mentor is a two-seat, single engine, piston, fully IFR aircraft, compliant with the latest CS-23 EASA & FAA requirements, allowing PBN/RNAV/AFCS capabilities. It gives modern flight schools a single platform to train students from their first flight, up to their commercial pilot license, and instrument rating. It has a variable pitch propeller, and a simulated retractable landing gear option.

The P-Mentor is designed to offer the best human-machine interface, resulting in the most effective VFR/IFR training. The generous fuel tank allows flight schools to fly all day long, without refueling, which improves operational value. It has a low cost of maintenance, low fuel consumption, and great value for money, make this aircraft a unique profit opportunity for flight schools.

More info on the P-Mentor: https://tecnam.com/aircraft/pmentor/

US airlines have committed to net-zero emissions by 2050, so Stephen F. Austin State University’s student pilots are happy to be flying in an environmentally friendly aircraft.

Tecnam Green Fleet.  Based on recent data and industry benchmarks, Italian aircraft manufacturer TECNAM has revealed that flight schools operating TECNAM’s single- and twin-engine fleets can save as much as 10 tones of CO2 emissions for every single student graduated with Commercial Pilot License – a 60% reduction compared to fleets using 100LL fuel on a journey of 155 flight hours, 30h of which on twin.

Kristen Conklin, HCH Aviation President said “Tecnam has been a wonderful partner in assisting our team in our aircraft needs. The Tecnam aircraft are superior aircraft to serve our rapidly growing collegiate flight program, the most modern tool for our students to proceed easily with their professional pilot career.”

Walter Da Costa, Tecnam’s Chief Sales Officer said “We are very proud to be the right solution for HCH and all of today’s FTOs. Our fleet solutions are unique in the marketplace and ensure reliability, cost control and flying pleasure.”

About HCH Aviation, LLC

HCH Aviation has an exclusive partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University to provide professional pilot training as part of the university aviation flight training initiative. Noncollegiate students are welcome too. HCH Aviation is a FAA Part 141 approved flight training school located in Texas.


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