ATR’s partnership with Aviation Sans Frontières
Solidarity takes off
Contributing to development, bringing people closer, making air transport accessible to those who need it most… These are all values ATR has in common with volunteers from France’s NGO Aviation Sans Frontières (Aviation Without Borders). Our two organizations have been united by a partnership agreement for 20 years now, both sides having one and the same objective: to share our expertise and give some of our time to humanitarian missions across the world. For into life, Patrick Bruneau, Aviation Sans Frontières representative in Southwest France, details the actions carried out under the partnership with ATR.
For 2019, ATR agreed to strengthen our cooperation on the e-Aviation mission we carry out in secondary schools. This involves workshops presenting aviation professions to teenagers, when they are first making subject choices in view of future careers. Many of them say “I could not possibly become a pilot” and then they turn away from the aviation sector, without realising there are about a hundred professions with a link to aviation. Also, we talk to them about our humanitarian missions. Lastly, we get them to use Fly Simulator software to give them a go at piloting, which they really enjoy. With ATR, we have raised the idea that some employees could be present to discuss their jobs with young students, because we think this is still the best way of encouraging future vocations.
Key figures 2018 – Aviation Sans Frontières
- 800 volunteers involved
- 1 824 flight hours
- 13 tons of medical equipment carried out
- 905 disabled people participated in 99 Ailes du sourire events
- 1 229 sick children escorted towards their healing by 347 volunteers
- 3974 refugees accompanied
- 738 teen-agers took part in e-aviation days run in secondary schools