- G500 Retrofit
- DAHER-SOCATA delivers the first G500-retrofitted TB 20 aircraft to France’s ENAC national aviation school and signs an Educational Partnership
Tarbes, France, 4 April 2012 –Stéphane Mayer, CEO of DAHER-SOCATA,
and Nicolas Chabbert, handed over the keys of the first DAHER-SOCATA TB
20 Trinidad training aircraft modernized with Garmin G500 avionics to Marc
Houlla, director of France’s Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC)
national aviation school.
The plane delivered is the first of a fleet of 37 TB 20 Trinidad to be retrofitted.
The contract for DAHER-SOCATA’s modernization of ENAC’s TB 20 fleet was signed last year at the Paris Air Show, and includes installation of a Garmin G500 integrated avionics suite, two GNS 430W combined communication-navigation systems, a Garmin GAD 43 digital autopilot and numerous additional options. The G500 avionics suite selected by ENAC features a 6.5-inch primary flight display (PFD) and multifunction display (MFD), along with an attitude/heading reference system (AHRS), Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™) software, and Jeppesen Chartview option.
ENAC Director Marc Houalla said the first modernized TB 20 delivery marks a milestone in the school’s historical partnership with DAHER-SOCATA, and represents a further step toward the enhancement of its aircraft fleet. “With a modern ‘glass cockpit’ configuration on our TB 20 aircraft, we will be able to better prepare our student pilots for their future careers in the aviation environment of today and tomorrow,” Houalla added.
“We celebrate today beyond this delivery the development of our relationships with ENAC as an Educational Partner.” Replied Stéphane Mayer, CEO of DAHER-SOCATA. “ENAC, leading aviation college in Europe, trains not only pilots but also engineers and technicians needed by our activity of industry and services. The agreement we sign lately will enable us to attract new talents by offering preferred internships and job offers to students plus access to its laboratories for research and development works.”
“We are proud to participate to the modernization of Europe’s most prestigious civilian aviation school and to continue a relationship which started with our predecessor Morane-Saulnier whose airplanes equipped the first flight training centers at the creation of ENAC in 1949,” Explained Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the DAHER-SOCATA Airplane Division. “This delivery highlights our commitment to offer our customers a technical support and assistance over the long term for on-going operations with modernization solutions.”
Founded in 1949, the ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile) offers a complete range of aeronautical-oriented training programs and activities – including engineering, air traffic control, pilot training and management – to serve the aviation world, and particularly the air transport sector. Since merging in January 2011 with the SEFA flight department of France’s Ministry of Transportation, ENAC welcomes 2000 ab-initio students for 25 training programs and trains 7500 professionals every year. As a proof of its international audience, ENAC’s 12,000 alumni came from 100 countries of the 5 continents. ENAC operates a fleet of 135 aircraft and has a workforce of 950 personnel on 9 sites. By its size, its human and training tools, ENAC is the first European aviation school.
DAHER is a European integrated equipment and services supplier. Independent medium-size company DAHER develops its “industry & services” model in the aerospace, nuclear, defense and industry sectors, concentrating on three core activities: manufacturing, services and transport, which it builds into a global offer. With a robust engineering-based approach, DAHER is able to deliver innovative and differentiating solutions to its industrial customers.
Founded in 1863, DAHER is international with 7,500 men and women in 14 countries over the world. DAHER has a 1.1 billion-dollar annual turnover. As of December 31, 2011, it holds a 2.5 billion euros backlog representing 3 years turnover.
DAHER-SOCATA, DAHER group’s aerospace activities, boasts a global and original offering which brings together its expertise as aircraft manufacturer, airframe supplier, industrial and logistics service provider. All are backed by advanced technological specialities. DAHER-SOCATA’s expertise in these fields and the organization of their synergies enable them to provide manufacturers with specific offers in each segment of the aerospace market: commercial and military aircraft, regional aircraft, helicopters and business aircraft.
Last year DAHER-SOCATA celebrated the 100th anniversary of continuous aircraft production, marking a legacy that began in 1911 with its predecessor company – Aeroplanes Morane-Saulnier.
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