Avion Group has revealed that Koropi, situated to the southwest of Athens International Airport and within a ten-minute distance, will be home to the firm’s newest flight training centre.
According to the Dutch full flight simulator manufacturer, the facility – with construction work already having commenced in preparation for pilot training – will house a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-qualified Avion A320 Level D full flight simulator (FFS), featuring Airbus Standard 2.0 CEO and NEO configurations and delivering energy savings of “up to 70%”. Consequently, Avion Group says it will be “the only one of its kind in Greece”.
Thanks to the move, pilot training at the state-of-the-art facility – which will feature classrooms, briefing rooms and a crew lounge – is slated to begin from August of this year. As a result, it would mean approved training organisations and Greek-based carriers would no longer have to send their crews abroad for training on the Airbus A320.
Erik Varwijk, CEO of Avion Group, commented: "Being able to train at your home base means huge savings on travel expenses. We are thrilled to open our Athens flight training centre this summer and feel warmed by the support we have received."
Avion Group initially revealed plans for its Athens training centre back in August 2021. At the time, the company attributed its decision due to the “good demand for A320 full-motion training in Greece”. Additionally, it said several leading Greek operators use the aircraft type while a plethora of training organisations in the country also provide A320 courses to pilots.
Founded back in 2015, Avion already operates flight training centres in Malta and London.