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  1. Entry Point North
20 January 2014

Entry Point North Opens a New ATS Academy in Ireland

EPN Ireland academy

On 2 January Entry Point North opened a new trans-national academy in Ireland. The academy is a fully owned training subsidiary of Entry Point North. It will deliver all ATS training for the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) from its location in Ballycasey, Shannon, following a strategic agreement between the IAA and Entry Point North. As part of the agreement, the IAA has become a shareholder, securing a 25% ownership of Entry Point North on equal terms with Avinor, LFV and Naviair.

Entry Point North Ireland is staffed by experienced ATC personnel from both the IAA and Entry Point North and will deliver cost effective training programmes based on the proven Scandinavian training methodology and philosophy.

The establishment of Entry Point North Ireland provides mutual significant financial and cooperative benefits. While it lowers IAA capital investments through centralised and shared investment and development costs for training, it also affords Entry Point North a greater economy of scale together with in-depth knowledge of the COOPANS training and simulator system to benefit current and future partners.

Entry Point North Ireland facilities

Anne Kathrine Jensen, managing director of Entry Point North said: "The establishment of Entry Point North Ireland will besides valuable Irish know-how provide us with one more training delivery site in addition to Hungary and Sweden. It is a further step in our strategy of becoming a true international academy with global reach. This new academy will offer unparalleled quality, regulatory compliant and cost effective training services."

Eamonn Brennan, chief executive of IAA said: "This is a unique ground breaking business relationship aligned with Single European Sky objectives. By becoming part of Entry Point North family, IAA will take on harmonised and standardised training standards at the same time reducing cost and improving quality of the training."

Air traffic management (ATM) systems used to be isolated with limited information exchange between systems and users.
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