Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) is pleased to announce the selection of the AL42 VI simulator from Alsim located in Nantes, France. This will be the first Alsim simulator in Ireland. The device, which is an exact replica of the Diamond DA42, will be delivered during the first trimester of 2019.
Capt. Mark Casey, Atlantic Flight Training Academy Managing Director explains why AFTA selected Alsim’s AL42, ”Following the successful announcement of our mentored pilot training contracts in 2018 with Ryanair and Stobart Air, we decided to progress negotiations with Alsim, which culminated in signing today’s agreement at EATS 2018. We first met Alsim over 10 years ago and visited their manufacturing facility in Nantes. It is great to work with a progressive innovative company that listens to the industries requirements.” He adds: “We needed a DA42 V1 simulator to complement our gradual multi engine fleet expansion. AFTA commenced operation of our first DA42 Twinstar aircraft this month. We chose Alsim because they have developed a capable robust simulator and we have built up a strong relationship with the company over the past number of years. We were particularly attracted to their R and D focus which continues to deliver industry leading solutions to simulator training.”
Capt. Andy O’Shea, Head of Training and Deputy Chief Pilot at Ryanair commented,
“In September, Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, announced a major new training partnership with Cork-based international flight school, Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) to deliver the Ryanair/AFTA Mentored Pilot Program. This new 16-month intensive training program gives trainee pilots a structured path to achieve their pilot license and reach a standard where they are ready to join the Ryanair Boeing 737 type rating program.
Over the next 5 years up to 450 new pilots from all over Europe will be recruited and trained by AFTA in Cork which underlines AFTA’s global position in the pilot training market. We are delighted that AFTA are forging ahead with increased resources to deliver this contract to Ryanair.”
Audrey Jeffroy, Alsim Sales Director, emphasizes: “We are delighted to have been chosen by AFTA, a renowned EASA approved flight training academy, for our first flight simulator in Ireland. Alsim is always ready to support flight training providers in their goal to offer the best training possible.”
About Atlantic Flight Training Academy
Atlantic Flight Training Academy, founded in 1995, is Ireland’s largest – and one of Europe’s leading – Independent Flight Training Organizations. The Academy, approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is based in Cork International Airport, which is renowned as Europe’s number one training airport with every conceivable flight training aid available.
The Academy has been training international cadets for 25 years with more recent contracts including Ryanair, Stobart Air & Air Astana, @and Kazakhstan. Equipped with a modern state of the art training fleet of training aircraft and simulators AFTA also boasts state-of-the-art B737 800 NG APS MCC flight training devices.
AFTA has an unrivalled success rate and have trained in excess of 1,800 high-caliber pilot graduates for global airlines. Their placement record is strong and we have graduates now working in some of the world’s leading airlines including Ryanair, Stobart Air, Air Astana, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic, Flybe, Jet2.com, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Aer Lingus etc.
In the picture, from left to right: Captain Mark J Casey Head of Training, AFTA, Audrey Jeffroy, Sales Director, Alsim & Captain Andy O’Shea Head of Training & Deputy Chief Pilot, Ryanair.