The Emirates Engineering Training Centre welcomed its newest entrant - a 2.5 tonne, 3.37 metre high landing gear presented by Messier Services, landing systems MRO specialist and member of the SAFRAN Group.
The landing gear, part of an Airbus A340-300 aircraft, will be used in training and development programmes for ab initio cadets, enabling them to familiarise themselves with the mechanisms of the gear during aircraft take-off and landing. It will add to the centre’s existing training in avionics, batteries, looms, airframe systems, engines, welding and structures/composites.
At a presentation ceremony held during the Dubai Air Show 2007, Gilles Bouctot, Chief Executive Officer, Messier Services International handed over the landing gear to Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President, Engineering and Operations, Emirates Airline. Also present at the ceremony were nearly 50 ab initio cadets.
Adel Al Redha said: “Emirates is grateful to Messier Services for presenting the Engineering Training Centre with this landing gear. I am confident our apprentices will benefit from its availability during workshop training sessions. It is not very often that one sees wide-bodied aircraft landing gears at Engineering Training Schools. Our apprentices will develop a more hands-on understanding of the component through practical exercises such as oil and nitrogen charging, and main landing gear seal change.”
He added: “Emirates not only believes in investing in a modern fleet to provide its customers with the best travel experience, but also in training our team of dedicated engineers to achieve the highest standards in aircraft maintenance and safety.”
Gilles Bouctot said: “Messier Services and Messier-Dowty are very pleased to provide Emirates Airline with this landing gear; investing into training is a natural part of being a full service MRO provider and enhances the long term partnership with our key customer.”
Emirates’ Engineering Training Centre offers ab initio training to UAE nationals and expatriate students living in Dubai, as well as type training for all Emirates’ Engineering staff. The training school is approved by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA 147).
Following a three-year apprenticeship in both Airframe & Engines and Avionics Engineering courses, graduates undergo 24 months of on-the-job training at the Emirates Engineering Centre, under supervision. This is in preparation for their final examination by the GCAA for licensing accreditation, to become internationally-recognised Licensed Aircraft Engineers.
Gilles Bouctot, Chief Executive Officer, Messier Services International officially hands over the landing gear to Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President, Engineering and Operations, Emirates Airline
Ab initio cadets at the Emirates Engineering Training Centre study the landing gear presented to Emirates Airline by Messier Services.
Based in Dubai, Emirates is one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world. It currently operates 111 wide-bodied aircraft, including 11 freighters, to 97 cities in 61 countries. This year it has launched services to Venice, Sao Paulo, Newcastle, Toronto and Ahmedabad, and will soon add Houston to its global network.
For more information visit www.emirates.com
About Messier Services
Messier Services provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services for aircraft landing systems as well as associated hydraulics. Messier Services is a member company of the SAFRAN Group, and has close to 1,100 employees at sites in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The company maintains international approvals from all relevant airframers and airworthiness authorities for the entire range of repair and maintenance operations on equipment produced by Messier-Dowty, Messier-Bugatti and other leading manufacturers.
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