16 FEB 2021, Paris, France

The aviation industry is hit hard by the global pandemic, with the majority of airlines forced to significantly reduce their operations, park their airplanes and lay off their staff, including crew members. In France, like many other countries, many airline pilots are affected and cannot fly.

According to the SNPL, (Syndicat National des Pilotes de Ligne) – the French National Union of Airline Pilots, this crisis brought catastrophic consequences for many pilots who were about to join airlines. Some cannot even claim unemployment benefits.

Most of these pilots need to maintain the validity of their flight licenses, especially as they no longer fly and must therefore finance their training themselves. Not less important, they must keep their flying skills at the highest level, in order to have the chance to be re-employed as soon as possible.

“It was natural for us to favorably reply to SNPL demand to show solidarity with pilots who have lost their jobs during the Covid pandemic and today face the real challenge to keep their licenses up to date to be ready to start flying any time”, says Nicolas Mouté, CEO of SIMAERO. “We have developed a special offer for individual pilots directed to us by SNPL for all products related to licenses revalidations and renewals on all the types of full flight simulators we have, which represents around a 30-40% reduction compared to the normal price”.

Pilots who would like to benefit from this cooperation shall apply via SNPL. SIMAERO will evaluate every individual situation and provide to the pilot an appropriate training program with the special SNPL pricing. If the license is not yet expired or the expiration period is just few months, as little as one full flight simulator skill test of 3 hours may be required. In case of license expiry, the renewal programs include the access to our brand-new Learning Management System which reduces on-site training requirement and thus travel and accommodation expenses. SIMAERO is glad to be able to help for Airbus 320, Airbus 330, Airbus 340, Boeing 737 (Classic and NG), Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, ATR-500 license holders. 


SNPL France ALPA (Syndicat National des Pilotes de Ligne)- National Union of Airline Pilots- represents and carries the voice of all professional pilots based in France. It brings together all the pilots of all companies or companies related to air transport with bases in France. Main missions are to defend the moral and material interests and safeguard the collective and individual rights of its members and maintain and increase the safety of air transport, while contributing to the development of this activity.

SIMAERO is an independent provider of flight crew training, simulator leasing services, engineering and consultancy to commercial airlines and simulator operators. With 19 simulators in operation across its international network in Paris, Dinard and Johannesburg, SIMAERO provides a comprehensive range of training solutions for Airbus A320, A330, A340; Boeing 737, 757, 767; ATR 500, 600; ERJ 145; Beech 1900; Dash 8; MD80/82; Fokker 100. SIMAERO Training Organization for pilots is certified by EASA and numerous other civil aviation authorities, including South Africa, Russia, India among others.