A400M training centre opens
The first European expert centre for the A400M, the project’s training centre, has opened its doors as part of the multinational entry into service team (MEST). Since April 1, 2014, two aviators are the first to pass their A400M type rating on Orléans air-base’s new training centre.
The brand-new training centre is equipped with the latest training aids and has all the assets required to become the first panEuropean A400M centre of excellence.
For the two French pilots, the training is a new challenge and a new milestone in their already rich aviation careers. Training revolves around three successive phases: first a foundation of knowledge of the aircraft and an initial familiarisation with the A400M’s cockpit, followed by a detailed course on the aircraft systems as well step-by-step training on cockpit crew procedures. Finally, a series of simulator sessions rounds out the conversion training on the new aircraft.