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2019-05-01

Patria Lands in Spain

Patria recently announced that it has decided to relocate the company’s initial civil pilot training operations from Tampere-Pirkkala, Finland, to the city of Córdoba in Spain. 
 
Patria’s single-engine DA40 fleet will be based in Córdoba while theoretical training, simulator training, and multi-engine training with DA42 fleet will remain in Finland. The company’s aircraft maintenance operations at its current Tampere-Pirkkala base are expected to increase after the move, as more hangar space will become available there. 
 
“The purpose of the move is to secure Patria´s planned growth in commercial pilot training business. Our main driver was to take advantage of favourable weather conditions in Spain, which allows efficient pilot training throughout the year.

This improves utilisation of Patria´s fleet a great deal. Our goal is to increase our training capacity with the existing fleet to become better equipped for increasing demand from our international airline partners,” says Jyrki Myyryläinen, Vice President of Patria´s Aviation training business. 
 
Patria’s operation in Córdoba will start during summer 2019. The first students to initiate their flight training in Spain will be Patria´s ab-initio group earmarked for Finnish feeder Nordic Regional Airlines. Training in Spain will be supervised and audited by the Finnish Transport and Communications Authority Traficom. Aircraft maintenance in Spain will be outsourced to a local subcontractor. 
 

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