AERALIS, the British company currently developing a new generation of fighter jet pilot training aircraft and flying training system, is looking to offer a new leasing model that promises to significantly reduce costs for its potential customers.
Adopting a unique modular concept built around a robust common core fuselage, the AERALIS suite of jet trainers will have 85 per cent commonality of parts allowing for significant cost savings over purchasing more traditional aircraft.
With the leasing arrangements that AERALIS is developing, the customer will not be burdened by huge capital purchasing costs but will have the ability to flex their flying training system as their requirements change over time.
Tim Davies, AERALIS strategy director, commented, "Buying trainer aircraft outright is a major investment for any air force and much of that investment is wasted when the planes are standing idle because the training needs have changed. With our innovative leasing plans, AERALIS is changing all that.
The AERALIS trainer aircraft will offer a significant return on investment (ROI) due to a fuselage that can be easily re-roled and which is built to outlast traditional airframe structures. When combined with the flexibility that the AERALIS training concept will provide, the cost reductions in training the fighter pilots of tomorrow become even greater.
"The AERALIS/Lessor/Lessee relationship means that the end user will be able to adapt their trainer fleet to meet both current and future training requirements," Davies added.
AERALIS was founded on a passion to re-energise the UK aircraft industry and to deliver market leading aircraft and exceptional military pilot training, affordably.
The AERALIS project aims to build innovative aircraft using a modular design that will motivate a new generation of young people to train in aerospace engineering, manufacturing and STEM subjects as well as follow careers in aviation.
The common architecture between AERALIS aircraft provides a customer’s flying training system with a tangible cost advantage in engine and airframe maintenance through training and spares commonality when compared to the current use of mixed aircraft fleets. The total lifecycle cost of maintaining and supporting the AERALIS Basic and Advanced training aircraft will be 30 per cent less than that of a conventional flying training system.
AERALIS also aims to deliver shorter overall pilot training times due to commonality between aircraft types as well as exposing students earlier to more complex mission management training due to configurable cockpits and a fully tailorable flying training system.