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ACS aims high after raising £1 million

Graeme Frater

Graeme Frater: ‘busiest commercial flying school’ 


ACS Aviation has raised £1 million for aircraft and equipment to help it achieve its aim of becoming one of Europe’s leading commercial flying schools.

Founded in 2007,  the company has more than doubled its workforce over the past year and boosted enrolment of would-be pilots for its commercial training programmes after extending their range and flexibility.

Current students include trainee pilots from the Netherlands and Italy.

ACS is based at Perth Airport, the former WWII airfield owned by the Morris Leslie Group. Operations are likely to benefit from the UK and Scottish Government-backed Tay Cities Deal delivering improved transport links through the projected Cross Tay Link Road (CTLR).

Potential upgrading of the airfield and its surrounding facilities planned by Morris Leslie would enable ACS to boost competitiveness with UK and international rivals, bringing substantial business and tourism benefits to Tayside.

Plans include improved retail and accommodation and housing that would boost the business case for expanded operations, including a thriving apprenticeship programme in ACS’s growing aircraft maintenance division.

Graeme Frater, managing director of ACS Aviation said: “Our aim was to be Scotland’s best and busiest commercial flying school and we have already achieved that.

“In the past 12 months we have seen a 10% increase in the number of visiting aircraft to Perth Airport and grown our workforce from 13 to 31 employees in 12 months.”

The airport runway lighting has been upgraded which is expected to further increase movements, and ACS has purchased a commercial flight simulator and an aircraft, a Diamond DA42 Twinstar, used for commercial flight training.

A spokesman for Invest in Perth, the inward investment arm of Perth and Kinross Council, said:. “The investment in the local infrastructure via the Tay Cities Deal will hopefully open up more opportunities for companies within the airport business park.”



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