A new site in Switzerland, a partnership with Dassault, the creation of a training tool for helicopter aviation technicians, the upcoming start and launch of the seaplane worksite training… The Aerocampus, a training center for aircraft maintenance professions located in the Bordeaux urban area, continues to expand.
A series of positive developments were announced on 17 December by its president Denis Guignot, and managing director Jérôme Verschave at the graduation ceremony for a group of young people who are guaranteed to find work, thanks to the booming maintenance market.
“100 % of our students in the CAP option avionics and systems program, in the bac pro and BTS programs earned their diplomas.” -Jérôme Verschave
Building on its success, the Aquitaine Aérocampus, which employs 48 employees and has a budget of 6 million euros for 2016, is expanding internationally.
- The Aérocampus announced the opening of a Swiss location, Swiss Aérocampus, at Sion airport. An agreement was signed which specified that the training and examinations will take place under the authority of the Aquitaine Aérocampus.
- The launch of a new training tool,a maintenance simulator for helicopters with Airbus Helicopters and Telespazio was also announced. It will then be deployed to the Airbus Helicopter units worldwide. Telespazio is a satellite service company that had already installed the “Earth Lab” on the Bordeaux site, an integrated operating center for the operational monitoring of the environment.
- Dassaulthas also chosen the center for the training of 140 future mechanics who will work on the Rafale aircrafts purchased by Qatar, which represents a contract worth 8 Million Euros.
- The Aerocampus will also welcome “SkyBIrds View” to the site, the Montauban-based company that specializes in heavy drones; “we were won over by the quality of the ecosystem here and by the drones in the Aquitaine region,” explained Stéphane Imbert, the company director.
- Through the “second chance” initiative, a worksite training project was also launched in Biscarosse in order to restore the “Grummann Albatross” seaplane, which will become the centerpiece of the future seaplane museum.
- Finally, a new high-end hotel opened its doors inside the château, increasing the site’s hotel capacity to 300 beds.
All of these positive developments further enhance the attractiveness of the Aerocampus in the aeronautics industry.
(Source: Aqui and Sud-Ouest 18/12/2015)