23 August 2012
Cassidian Aviation Has Chosen Fleet of SR20s and SR22s for Training France’s Air Force Pilots

Le Plessis-Belleville, France and Duluth, Minn., USA (August 23, 2012) – Cirrus Aircraft announced today that Cirrus SR20s and SR22s have been selected by Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS) in a public tender for the French Air Force and Navy.

A fleet of 13 Cirrus SR20s will be dedicated for training pilots at the French air force base of Salon de Provence. An additional fleet of seven Cirrus SR22s will be dedicated to training flights of navigating officers arm systems (NOSA) and liaison flights, in particular to accompany the French Air Force’s aerobatic team.

Through the agreement with CATS, another fleet of three Cirrus SR20s will be dedicated to the students of the Ecole Navale at the naval air station of Lanvéoc Poulmic. CATS will be in charge of maintenance and airworthiness of all fleets. The transaction was handled by Cirrus France.

Cirrus Vice President, Global Fleet and Special Mission Aircraft Sales, Jon Dauplaise said, “The French Air Force and CATS are committed to the highest quality of flight training. By using our SR20s and SR22s – aircraft that set the standards for training and advanced performance – they are setting the standard for the highest quality air force.”

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