SAINT-CLOUD, France, January 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
EASA Approval Kick Starts Launch of 'Dassault Training Academy'®
Dassault Aviation recently received regulatory approval from the EASA to operate as a Part 147 Training Center, the first such authorization to be granted to a business jet OEM.
The approval allows Dassault Aviation to comply with new European regulations requiring that technicians be offered practical maintenance instruction in addition to theoretical training, and permits them the ability to obtain an EASA type rating certificate through their Part 66 license.
A new Dassault Training Academy® in Merignac/Bordeaux France will serve as the Part 147 Training Center, offering accredited two-week, model-specific courses.
Dassault introduced practical training in April 2007, to complement theoretical instruction provided by the company's training partners, CAE and FlightSafety International. "Our Practical Training Program was a proactive response to feedback from Falcon operators and Authorized Service Centers requesting more manufacturer involvement in the training process," said Guilhem Rousset, Quality Manager at the Dassault Training Academy. "It emphasizes a 'hands-on' approach that allows trainees to perform real-life maintenance tasks, including engine run up."
In the program, students work on production Falcon aircraft during the pre-completion phase. Instruction is available in English and is aimed primarily at technicians and mechanics. More than 400 trainees have already graduated. It covers Falcon 900EX/2000EX EASy Series and 7X aircraft models and will be available for the newly-launched ultra wide body Falcon 5X prior to deliveries beginning in 2017.
"The real-life working conditions offered by the Practical Training Program make it the most useful and comprehensive program available from any OEM," remarked Patrice Kurdijian, Training Manager at the Dassault Training Academy. "We're already looking at ways to expand and improve training program content to meet the future needs of our operators as new regulations and technologies are introduced."
Note for the Editors
Dassault Falcon is the recognized global brand for Dassault business jets which are designed, manufactured and supported by Dassault Aviation and Dassault Falcon Jet Corp.
About Dassault Aviation
Dassault Aviation is a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 80 countries across five continents. It produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcons. The company employs a workforce of over 11,000 and has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities around the globe. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,250 Falcon jets have been delivered. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets - the Falcon 900LX and the 7X - as well as the twin-engine 2000S, the Falcon 2000LXS and the new Falcon 5X.
About Dassault Falcon Jet
Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, France. Dassault Falcon Jet markets and supports the Falcon family of business jets throughout North America, South America and the Pacific Rim countries of Asia, including the People's Republic of China.
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