Published on December 20th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


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.

Captain Mark J Casey Head of Training, AFTA, Audrey Jeffroy, Sales Director, Alsim & Captain Andy O’Shea Head of Training & Deputy Chief Pilot, Ryanair.

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’s recently delivered Diamond DA42 Twin Star G-JAFT

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.”

The AL42 simulator is a fully enclosed, full replica of the Diamond DA42 which will provide significant savings to students completing multi engine and instrument rating training.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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