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Patria in Finland orders A320 FTD

NEWS RELEASE - Helsinki, 24.10.2016 

Patria invests in a new Airbus Flight Training Device

Patria has ordered from the Dutch manufacturer Multi Pilot Simulations an Airbus A320 Flight Training Device (A320 FNPT-II/MCC and FTD1). The device will be the first one of its kind to be installed in Finland.

Patria is the first training organisation in Finland to initiate pilot training according to the Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) program that integrates basic flight training to type rating training for the Airbus A320 fleet. The newly acquired device will enable the use of modern simulation technology in the training.

“MPL cadets will spend over half of their flight training time in Airbus cockpit environment and therefore will learn the systems of this modern airliner profoundly step by step. This device is a crucial tool to our MPL training,” says Mikko Paronen, Managing Director of Patria Pilot Training.

“The MPS device purchased by Patria is the best possible training tool for authentic learning experience and familiarization to Airbus A320 and its systems. Patria´s MPL training program is good news for Europe´s MPL programs, Patria and us. We are proud to be part of the arrangement, “says Dick Verburg, CEO of Multi Pilot Simulations.

With the new device, Patria will be able to offer sophisticated Jet Operations training. Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) training will also benefit from the real Airbus cockpit environment. Patria will install the device initially in Helsinki. The final location will be at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport, where Patria´s training operations will relocate by early summer 2017.

Patria Pilot Training is a leading European aviation academy that has trained hundreds of commercial pilots since being founded in 1998. Patria Pilot Training is part of the Patria Group, which is a trusted provider of defence, security and aviation life-cycle support services and technology solutions with 2800 professionals.