Posted on: 08 September 2011 by Mark Howells
ATR has opened a new pilot training centre near Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy, equipped with a brand new full flight simulator (FFS), developed and manufactured by Thales, which will allow crewmembers to be trained on the ATR 72-500.
The new centre is a partnership between ATR and SIM Aéro Training, which will house the simulator and all the other teaching tools put in place by ATR, in addition to providing technical support.
The airframer says it has done this to strengthen its policy of expanding its offer of support to customers worldwide. Opening the new centre allows services to be offered to customers more rapidly and with greater ease of access. ATR currently has pilot training centres in Toulouse (France), Paris (France), Bangkok (Thailand) and Toronto (Canada). Other centres are scheduled to open soon in Johannesburg (South Africa) and Bangalore (India).
Filippo Bagnato, ATR’s chief executive officer, commented, "This new training centre is strategically located to allow easy access to our operators, not just Europeans, but also those from other continents. It will also allow the load to be lightened for our other training centres, particularly the Toulouse centre, which are already operating full-time. The number of ATR operators is ever increasing, and we have to be able to offer them the best tools to constantly support them in their operations."