Turbomeca (Safran Group) Signs Agreement for Training Programs in China

Bordes, 25 September 2009

Turbomeca has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC). Under the terms of this agreement, Turbomeca and CAFUC will work towards the development of a Turbomeca Maintenance Training Programs, for qualified engineers and an initial training program to qualify engines maintenance engineers at Chengdu.

The new training programs will initially provide advanced courses in line maintenance and inspection of Turbomeca engines, which power the half of Chinese helicopters fleet.

Lin Yang, general manager of Turbomeca (Beijing) Helicopter Engines Trading Co. Ltd, explains the advantage of this agreement: "Turbomeca aims to support the growing Chinese helicopter industry. We are pleased to take this very important step in fulfilling that commitment and are looking forward to develop a long and fruitful relationship with CAFUC. These new programs will be capable to train experienced engineers for the new range of engine in China, and also train new engineers for the future. Efficient training in aeronautics improves flight safety and aircraft availability."

Xiaoyong Zheng, president of CAFUC, said: "I am very pleased to see that our cooperation with Turbomeca has taken a substantial step forward. CAFUC has contributed herself in a long-term period to civil aviation pilot training and the maintenance training in the field of aero-engine has accumulated a wealth of experience. Our cooperation will be started from the initial helicopter engine maintenance training program which will provide to China a worldwide standard of engines maintenance engineers, the best we will maintain helicopters engines the best we will keep helicopters flying! The collaboration will provide a solid helicopter engine maintenance personnel support, but also further reinforce the personnel base for the helicopter flight safety."

Turbomeca Training is a network built to have the best level standard in training practises and organisation. That is why, as each training center of the network, this new one will work under "Training Know How Manual" based on more than 40 years of experience to meet EASA Part 147 and locals authorities standards requirements. Also by working in a win/win philosophy hand-in-hand with CAFUC to develop it and build also initial program for engines maintenance engineers Turbomeca will to build a long term knowledge and high level of maintenance in China.

With 460 engines operated in civilian and military sectors, Turbomeca is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer in China, where one of two helicopters is equipped with Turbomeca engines or engines manufactured under Turbomeca license.

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About CAFUC CAFUC is a prestigious university in worldwide and a leading aeronautic university in China, for the moment a unique characteristic training model and accumulated training experience over the years, specialized in pilots and aircrafts technical engineers and intent to expend its knowledge in helicopters engines technology. CAFUC is part of the Aero Engine Maintenance Training Center (AEMTC), a Chinese-foreign cooperative training institution.

Turbomeca (Safran group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 50 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. With 2,350 customers in over 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 15 sites, 26 TurboSupport Centers, 24 repair centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.
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