MPS Installs 737 MAX-8200 at Atlantic Flight Training Academy

MPS has installed a Boeing 737 MAX-8200 FTD at Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) located in Cork, Ireland. The new device sits next to the B737-800W FTD previously delivered by MPS. The FTD has been qualified by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and is ready to be applied in AFTA’s extensive training program including Ryanair’s Mentored Program.

Erik Jennes, MPS Chief Commercial Officer said: “MPS is excited that AFTA has ordered an additional simulator from MPS reaffirming our long-standing relationship. This will be an important extension of AFTA’s training capability and capacity. We are proud to be a partner in this endeavor.”

Mark Casey and Erik Jennes
AFTA CEO Mark Casey and MPS CCO Erik Jennes

AFTA was established in 1995 and has seen a remarkable success rate with trainees. Over 2700 pilots who started their careers at AFTA are employed by leading airlines globally including Ryanair, a Boeing 737 MAX customer, who have a long-standing partnership with AFTA. The training contract with Ryanair is called the Ryanair mentored pilot programme and pilots are trained to Ryanair specific SOPs, procedures and standards before doing their type rating with the airline. The addition of the B737 MAX 8200 from MPS compliments AFTAs ability to “raise the bar” even further and will greatly enhance the training experience for AFTA mentored cadets.

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About Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA)

Atlantic Flight Training Academy, founded in 1995, is Ireland’s largest – and one of Europe’s leading – Independent Flight Training Organisations. The Academy is approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) and is headquartered at Cork International Airport with a secondary base at Waterford Airport. 

The Academy has been training international cadets since 1995, with contracts including, Ryanair, Air Astana, VistaJet, GlobeAir, ASL, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines & many more. 

The academy is equipped with a modern training fleet and boasts state-of-the-art aircraft such as the Diamond DA42 Next Generation as well as Boeing 737 800 NG and the newly delivered Boeing 737-8200 (MAX) simulator from MPS. AFTA has an unrivalled success rate and have trained in excess of 2,700 high-calibre pilot graduates for commercial airlines since the business was founded in 1995.  

AFTA is recognised by leading global airlines as a pioneer in the Pilot Training industry, working with its University partners Munster Technological University (MTU) in providing prospective pilots with a unique blended approach to becoming a commercial pilot, while also gaining an Honours primary degree, through the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Global Business and Pilot Studies (BSc) programme and also through the BA (Hons) in International Business with Aviation Studies programme. Students have a choice of Integrated or Modular Pilot Training Programmes. 

More details can be found at www.afta.ie or on Linkedin.