Vallair has invested in Aircraft Academy, a EASA Part-147 approved organisation providing online and classroom-based aviation training for Airbus & Boeing aircraft engineers and mechanics. At a time where there is an increased demand for licensed technicians, the move will see Vallair augment its existing aviation capabilities to incorporate comprehensive EASA Part-147 training and will be centred around the Company’s new hangar in Châteauroux, France, and its established modern MRO facility in Montpellier.  

Vallair has invested significantly in the Centre Val de Loire Region and has partnered with Aircraft Academy as well as other educational establishments in the Châteauroux locality. This move by Vallair will see the company recruit and train 300 mechanics and engineers over the next five years.

Vallair is an active participant within the aviation industry in France and belongs to two significant clusters: Aerospace Valley and Aérocentre. Occitanie-based Aerospace Valley has over 500 affiliated companies and is responsible for some 120,000 jobs in the aviation and space flight industries. Aérocentre, the regional centre of excellence in Centre-Val de Loire, works to develop and sustain the aeronautical sector across the area with over 120 member organisations. Vallair stands as one of their key players over the last 15 years.

The programme will enable all candidate students to receive theoretical tuition towards their EASA Part-147 approval license either in person or online, with all practical training provided in Vallair’s Châteauroux and Montpellier facilities. As part of the training, students will benefit from hands-on experience for A320, B737NG & A330 aircraft, supporting various engine types, sheet-metal, as well as being eligible for an EASA Part 66 on the aforementioned aircraft.

Stephan Gaworski, CEO of Aircraft Academy, said: “By having an aviation partner such as Vallair, not only will Aircraft Academy be afforded continued growth, but also direct access to worldwide markets. This is a unique opportunity for us and our students and will make aviation maintenance training more accessible to future generations.”