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Flight Training Adelaide Chooses Diamond Aircraft for the Qantas Group Pilot Academy Program

Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. and Flight Training Adelaide Pty Ltd (FTA) recently announced their continued partnership by formalizing a 24 aircraft fleet sale to support FTA’s growing pilot programs in Australia. A total of twenty (20) Diamond DA40 XLT single engine aircraft and four (4) Diamond DA42-L360 twin engine aircraft will be supporting the new Qantas Group Pilot Academy, operated by Flight Training Adelaide, and based in Toowoomba, Australia.

FTA is a world-class training provider for the Australian aviation industry and some of the world’s leading airlines. Since its founding in 1982, FTA has been focused on producing future airline captains, rather than simply training students to obtain a licence.

FTA offers a full range of services, including student selection, ab initio and advanced training courses, as well as management of accommodation facilities onsite at Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport. FTA’s highly trained and committed staff ensure that the training environment and content of the courses not only exceed student expectations but also contribute to the creation of a truly world-class pilot school.

Scott McFadzean, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc, commented, “Diamond Aircraft would like to congratulate the Flight Training Adelaide team on their exciting new partnership with Qantas Group Pilot Academy. Flight Training Adelaide has been a long-standing partner of Diamond Aircraft and we look forward to continuing to support their tremendous growth and focused mission to provide world class flight training to their airlines partners, now including Qantas Group Pilot Academy.”

 “We have been very pleased with our fleet of Diamond Aircraft in Adelaide, so it was an easy decision to replicate this model in Wellcamp” said Pine Pienaar, Chief Executive Officer of FTA. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Diamond Aircraft.”

The new training base opened in January 2020 and was announced by Qantas on January 29th, 2020.


About Flight Training Adelaide:

Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) provides world-class, customized aviation training solutions for the fixed wing and rotary wing industry. Located at Parafield Airport, South Australia, the college started operations in 1982 and over the years has had a number of corporate owners, including Hawker de Havilland and BAE SYSTEMS. In 2005, the college was purchase by Hong Kong-based Brothers Aviation. FTA’s training ethos is focused on producing future airline and helicopter captains, rather than simply training cadets to obtain a license. To achieve this, FTA has made and continues to make considerable infrastructure and asset investments to supply appropriate aircraft and simulators for training. FTA caters to sponsored cadets and self-funded students and offers a range of full services including selection, ab initio and advanced training courses for airline and general aviation students. FTA’s highly trained staff ensures that the environment and content of courses exceeds the expectations of customers. For more information, please visit:


FTA Media Contact

Pine Pienaar
Chief Executive Officer/Director
+61 (0)8 8209 4363

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