Canada's Sault College is re-equipping its flight-training department with Zlin 242L aerobatic trainers and will be one of the first North American professional-pilot schools to offer emergency-manoeuvre training. Seven aircraft are being delivered by Zlin Aerospace in Barrie, Ontario to the college, in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario.

Sault College plans to provide emergency-manoeuvre and unusual-attitude training as part of a new curriculum beginning in September. Recent accidents have led airlines to consider emergency-manoeuvre training for new applicants and existing pilots. The college selected the US-certificated, Textron Lycoming-powered 242L because of its suitability for advanced manoeuvres as well as ab initio training.

Zlin Aerospace says that it is talking to several major flight-training organisations about the 242L. The company is the US distributor for Zlin and assembles and flight-tests aircraft built by the Morovan Aeronautical Works in the Czech Republic. Some 30-35 242Ls are already in service in North America and Zlin Aerospace expects to have delivered between 50 and 75 aircraft by the end of 1995.

Source: Flight International