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ATR-72/600 FFS receives EASA certification

The industry further boosts training capacities

ATR, the world’s turboprop manufacturer, has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its new ATR-72/600 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) based at its headquarters in Toulouse.  Manufactured by CAE, it will enable ATR to provide its customers and operators with some 5,000 additional training hours per year. Within a period of 18 months, ATR has put three simulators into service, and another one will soon be installed at a location that remains to be determined.

The company has five training centers based in Toulouse, Paris, Johannesburg, Singapore and Miami, and offers a range of pilot training courses.

The industry lso offers an integrated Cadet programme in partnership with Europe’s top aviation school ENAC. This two-year end-to-end course aims at training high-end ready-to-fly First Officers with Captain’s DNA, thereby offering a long-term solution to the pilot shortage. The first ATR-ENAC cadets will be ready to fly in October.

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