Gama Aviation receives EASA approval as ATO

Terry Spruce

Gama Aviation has received EASA approval to issue aircraft type ratings. This enables the company to carry out landins training programmes under the new interpretation of the EASA Part-FCL requirements regarding base training.

Gama Aviation has established its own CAA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) which meets EASA requirements.

The ATO initially covers seven types of aircraft including Challenger, Global Express and Gulfstream G550, with more types to be added in the near future. Gama anticipates that within a few months it will be able to provide training on up to 30 aircraft types.

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Gama Aviation launched this new ATO to meet the needs of its own roster of more than 450 pilots and 20 students have already completed their type ratings using the facility.  The company will eventually be extending the service to other operators.

“As a business we place a huge emphasis on training, across all aspects of our operations.”

Hamish Ross, head of training of Gama Aviation said: “As a business we place a huge emphasis on training, across all aspects of our operations.  We demand the highest standards and that is why we have established our own ATO, both for our own needs and those of the rest of the industry.”

Gama Aviation has operations in 45 different locations in 17 countries across five continents.

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