ATR launches Integrated Cadet Pilot Program with ENAC

Toulouse, October 27, 2016 – ATR today announced the launch of a pilot training program in partnership with ENAC (French National School of Civil Aviation). This approximately 24-month program will recruit cadet pilots and offer a syllabus in compliance with the EASA regulations (European Aviation Safety Agency).
With the worldwide growth in air traffic expected over the next twenty years, there is a need to recruit a large number of qualified and competent personnel to ensure the effective and safe development of air transport. By creating new synergies between initial and advanced training, ATR and ENAC will more effectively meet the market transformation needs, especially in rapidly growing areas. This new offer is intended for long-standing ATR operators looking for a comprehensive solution and new emerging operators in search of qualified pilots.
Since the signing of a memorandum of understanding in June 2015, ENAC and ATR have developed and are planning to market several joint offers, such as modular training courses to prepare pilots for ATR Type Rating.
Philippe Crébassa, Deputy Director of ENAC, explains that “this new initiative is at the heart of our ambition. ENAC, the top aviation school in Europe, supports French companies in their international expansion. With ATR, we will deploy together new tools in order to better train pilots and accompany the growth of air traffic.”
Christian Commissaire, Director of ATR Training Center, said, “This partnership with ENAC allows us to offer comprehensive, best-in-class training for ATR pilots. We are partnering with a global expert to meet the development needs of our customers who often struggle to recruit qualified pilots.”
About ENAC
ENAC is the premier aviation university in Europe and a global leader in aviation training. ENAC offers a comprehensive range of training courses for the air transport sector: airline pilots, air traffic controllers, engineers, technicians, operations agents, etc. ENAC conducts its programs in France, China, India and Indonesia, and trains nearly 3,000 students and 5,000 trainees per year, including about 900 pilots. More information is available on the ENAC website:

Download PDF

About ATR

ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72, the best-selling aircraft in the below 90-seat market segment. The unifying vision of the company is to accelerate sustainable connections for people, communities and businesses, no matter how remote. Flown by some 200 airlines in over 100 countries, ATR aircraft opened 150 new routes in 2023, facilitating the development of territories and enabling access to crucial services like healthcare and education. Thanks to ATR’s focus on continuous innovation and the intrinsic efficiency of the turboprop technology, ATR aircraft are the most advanced, versatile, cost-effective and lowest-emission regional aircraft on the market, emitting 45% less CO2 than similar-size regional jets. In January 2022, we flew the first ever commercial aircraft using 100% SAF in both engines. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.