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Press Release: ICARE and AMST Celebrate the Successful Qualification of A320 AIRFOX Full Flight Simulator

Morlaix/Nieuw-Vennep, December 2023 – ICARE Training Center, based in Morlaix, France and AMST proudly announce the successful qualification of the AIRFOX Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for Airbus A320 Std2.1 CEO/NEO. This milestone achievement took place on 15 December 2023.

The AIRFOX FFS, designed and manufactured by AMST, has been rigorously tested and has successfully met all the requirements set by the aviation authorities. This dual qualification of the FFS for both A320 CEO CFM and NEO LEAP models underlines the simulator’s exceptional capabilities and versatility.

Philippe Goetz, CEO and Accountable Manager of ICARE Training Center, remarked, “We were convinced that we have made the right choice with AMST, but the final result is beyond our expectations. The comments we received from the French DGAC inspectors are remarkable, pointing the technical maturity of the device, the outstanding resolution of the visual and the ergonomics of the Instructor Station. We are eager to welcome our A320 customers for them to enjoy their training sessions on this state-of-the-art simulator.”  

Rainer Schlüsselberger, AMST shareholder and Managing Director of the Aviation business unit, added, “This successful qualification not only demonstrates AMST’s expertise in high-quality simulator manufacturing but also reinforces our strong partnership with ICARE. The teamwork and dedication of everyone involved have been outstanding, and we are proud to contribute to advancing aviation training standards.”

The newly qualified AIRFOX FFS will enable ICARE to expand its range of services to include comprehensive training for the Airbus A320 family, building on its reputation as a European specialist in aviation training. This addition is expected to meet the growing demand for skilled pilots trained on this aircraft type.

Both ICARE and AMST express their gratitude to their teams for their dedication and hard work, which were instrumental in achieving this remarkable milestone. The successful qualification of the AIRFOX FFS at ICARE is a clear indication of the companies’ combined strengths and their commitment to excellence in the field of aviation training.


Created in 1991 as the ATO of BritAir, a French regional airline based in Morlaix, Brittany, France, ICARE is an EASA approved ATO (Approved Training Organization) and MTO (Maintenance Training Organization), providing training to Cockpit Crews, Cabin Crews, Maintenance and other Ground Personnel for airline and individual customers. The company operates full flight simulators and other training devices in its Morlaix facility. It also provides engineering services, such as simulator housing and maintenance, and VR based aviation learning solutions design and development services.

Leveraging on its longstanding reputation as the European specialist for the Bombardier-Mitsubishi CRJ‑200/700/900/1000 aircraft types, ICARE has extended its range of services to the Airbus A320 family.

Note: Doing previously business as Hop! Training, ICARE operates since October 2022 as a stand-alone, customer-driven, management-owned company and is no longer affiliated with Hop! Airline nor the Air France-KLM Group.

About AMST

For four decades, AMST has been offering its customers outstanding solutions in the fields of simulation and aerospace medicine. It is a technological leader in relevant key areas. The product portfolio ranges from human centrifuges, pressure chambers and spatial disorientation trainers to highly immersive full flight simulators with a best-in-class image generator as well as complex training environments for realistic night vision and search and rescue training. Many of the solutions developed by AMST are unique. All products come with a comprehensive service package. In addition to reliable technical support over the entire product lifecycle, this also includes services such as the design of and construction support for turnkey training centers.

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