Published on October 30th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Ryanair Signs 5-Year Partnership Extension With CEFA Aviation

Ryanair has announced a 5-year partnership extension with CEFA Aviation, a company specialising in flight safety and pilot training software and services, to provide cloud-based mobile service CEFA AMS (Aviation Mobile Services) for Ryanair’s pilot training programmes. Ryanair was the first airline in Europe to introduce this type of pilot training and CEFA AMS is the only app in the world that allows pilots to replay their flights on their Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) tablet after landing.

Dominique Mineo, CEFA Aviation’s CEO and founder said: “CEFA AMS has proven its significant contribution to improving training and flight safety by offering new learning opportunities to pilots from their daily flights. The ability to self-critique, previously unavailable, is a unique aspect of the CEFA platform and is seen by pilots as a valuable addition to post-flight review. We are excited that our software tool has been chosen by Ryanair to strengthen the training resources of its pilots over the next five years and we look forward to the extension of our partnership which will pave the way for new developments.”

Ryanair’s Director of Operations, Neal McMahon, said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with CEFA Aviation, whose innovative software further improves our world-leading pilot training. Our pilots are very pleased with the addition of this new software tool which delivers constructive feedback to our crew after every flight, and we are excited to extend our agreement with CEFA to continue to deliver the highest standard of training to our pilots.”

French company CEFA Aviation aims to enhance pilot training and flight safety by developing world-leading 3D animation software and services over the past 22 years. The innovative solutions recreate flights with high details and accuracy based on data from aircraft flight recorders.

More than 100 major and regional airlines, cargo operators, and investigative authorities on five continents use the company’s core software, CEFA FAS (Flight Animation System) for pilot training and safety analysis. Translating flight data into precise visualisation requires an in-depth understanding of aircraft systems and software engineering complexity. CEFA Aviation has been a pioneer in easy-to-use flight data animation since Dominique Mineo founded the company in 2000. CEFA Aviation is headquartered in the Alsace region of France.

Main photo: Captain Paul Kelly – Chief Instructor Line Ryanair, Neal McMahon – Director of Operations Ryanair, Dominique Mineo – CEO CEFA Aviation and Xavier Colognac – Flight Safety & Pilot Training CEFA Aviation

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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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