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Pilot training: ATR obtains the first certification in France under the new EASA rules

Friday 19 October 2012

ATR’s Training Center today obtained the FR.ATO.0001 certificate. This makes it the very first training organization in France to meet the new European “PART FCL” standards, which now define the EC regulations for pilots’ licenses. ATR thus becomes the first “Approved Training Organization” in France under this new regulation put forth by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The certificate was presented to ATR by the French Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGAC), which validated the implementation of these new rules by ATR. These rules require restructuring the organization of pilot training and revision of the training manuals, which are now harmonized on a European scale, as well as the integration of a new safety management system in the framework of pilot training. In France, approximately 800 organizations are concerned by these new regulations. These organizations include aircraft manufacturers, airlines, training centers and flying clubs, for which pilot training is also a part of their activities.

Ms. Florence Rousse, Civil Aviation Safety Director, highlighted “ATR’s high degree of responsiveness in order to comply with the new EASA regulations as quickly as possible.” And added: “This first certification in France will no doubt have a very positive effect on the other organizations, with the aim of ensuring full compliance between now and end of April 2013, the deadline for making the transition to this new regulation.”

Mr. Lilian Braylé, ATR’s Senior Vice-President Product Support & Services, was “delighted to have obtained the very first ATO certification in France. This certification underlines the quality of the training offered and the modern nature of the tools made available to our students. With the growth of the ATR fleet worldwide, we owe it to ourselves to guarantee excellence in the trainings we offer. Obtaining this new certification fits into this context of high standards and illustrates the responsiveness that we demonstrated to implement it.”

 

 

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European turboprop manufacturer ATR is the world leader in the regional aviation market. ATR designs, manufactures and delivers aircraft, with its fleet encompassing some 200 airlines in nearly 100 countries. The ATR 42 and the ATR 72 are the best-selling aircraft in the below 90-seat category. With continuous improvement as a driving force, ATR produces cutting edge, comfortable and versatile turboprops that help airlines expand their horizons by creating more than 100 new routes every year. Compared with other turboprops, ATRs offer an advantage of 40% on fuel burn, 20% on trip cost and 10% on seat cost, whilst offering the lowest noise emissions. ATR is an equal partnership between leading aerospace firms Airbus and Leonardo and benefits from a large global customer support network allowing it to deliver innovative services and solutions to its clients and operators all over the world. For more information, please visit http://www.atr-aircraft.com. Follow us on Twitter - #ATRLeads
 

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