Alpha Aviation Group has ordered up to 14 new Alpha 120 and Alpha 160 trainer aircraft for its recently opened Clark Aviation pilot training centre in the Philippines.

The UK-based pilot training company says it has placed seven firm orders for the light training aircraft as well as seven options, for delivery from later this year. It has also purchased three used aircraft, to be delivered in four weeks.

Alpha 120s and 160s are manufactured by New Zealand's Alpha Aviation, which is not related to Alpha Aviation Group. Based in Hamilton, the company has the sole manufacturing and distribution rights to the former Robin 2160 and Robin 2120 training aircraft and secured local regulatory approvals for its first New Zealand-built two-seat 160 last year. The company has been expanding its operations as it says demand has exceeded supply capabilities.

Early this year the school started training its first cadets, who will graduate in 12 months with Airbus A320 type ratings.

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The Alpha light training aircraft are destined for a school in the Philippines

Source: Flight International