Published on December 20th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer0
AFTA Select AL42 Simulator for Pilot Training
Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) has announced the selection of the AL42 VI simulator from Alsim who are 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 half of 2019.
Capt. Mark Casey, AFTA 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.”
AFTA took delivery of Diamond DA42 Twin Star G-JAFT in November and have recently started using it for training. The DA42 is fitted with the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system. The all-glass panel is configured with two 10-inch displays, a primary flight display (PFD) and a multi-function display (MFD), in landscape orientation. The Twin Star is powered by two Thielert Diesel Engines which run on Jet A1 fuel and can be controlled by single-lever power control for each engine reducing the workload for the pilot.
Capt. Andy O’Shea, Head of Training and Deputy Chief Pilot at Ryanair said “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: “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.”