Following a public tender, SIMAERO wins the contract for training and maintaining the skills of pilots on AIRBUS A330 type aircraft of the French Air and Space Force.

The pilots are trained for the benefit of the 31st Strategic Air Transport and Refueling Squadron (EARTS) operating the Airbus A330 MRTT “Phénix” based in Istres (Bouches du Rhône).

Multirole aircraft allowing the transport of passengers and cargo while ensuring its in-flight refueling mission, the “Phénix” is ​​gradually entering into service with the French Air Force and space, replacing the Boeing C135-FRs. Equipped with a medical evacuation capacity, these planes were used during Operation Resilience against COVID-19.

This comprehensive service includes training such as Type Qualification, Cross Crew Qualification, instructors and examiners training, etc.

“It is an honor and pride to be once again at the service of the Air and Space Force,” said Cyril Fabre, Managing Director, SIMAERO Defense & Government Services. “With this new contract, added to the maintenance contract for the C135-FR flight simulator, we become a preferred supplier to the Air Force by offering our full range of training and engineering services.”

These training sessions will be provided on the FFS A330 v2.5 UPRT simulator based in our Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle center.

Training in the differences between the civil A330-200 aircraft and the A330 MRTT “Phénix” aircraft is also the responsibility of SIMAERO.

This contract highlights the flexibility and ability of SIMAERO to meet the specific expectations of its customers and strengthens SIMAERO’s presence with government players.


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.