Who are we ?

25 years of experience !

With its solid background of 25 years of experience in aeronautical training, Cannes Aviation trains pilots in France to the highest European levels of skills and efficiency.

Cannes Aviation, integrated ATP session

Whether you want to become an airline pilot, a commercial pilot, or simply a private pilot, we will strive to support your success with the twin requirements of quality and safety. Becoming a pilot demands more and more rigour and technical skills which have to be perfectly mastered. We’ll help you learn how to master these skills in the context of a high-tech environment which still manages to be both friendly and supportive.

The only professional school approved by the DGAC in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region (N° FR ATO 0073), Cannes Aviation also offers modular courses and, since 2009, an integrated Student Airline Pilot’s training - ATP\[A] integrated, in compliance with the part FCL European norm – run over 2 years, taught entirely in English, through its main Cannes Aviation Academy branch.

A teaching team made up of professional pilot instructors

Flying school Cannes Aviation ATO has at its core a team of 14 people, 10 of whom are highly-qualified instructors, most of them also operating on jets. They are tasked with the theoretical teaching, on the ground, and the practice, in flight, as well as the guidance and coaching of each and every student so as to ensure an individualised rate of progress and the success of each one.

Mathias Otho
Head of training
CRE / IRE Examiner
Member of the Examining Jury

Christian Pervieux
Chief Flight Instructors
FAA ATP / F20/200

Nicolas Vivancos
Flight Instructor
Chief Ground Instructors

Dennis Gaüzère
Flight Instructor

Vincent Besancenet
Flight Instructor
ELISA Engineer
Deputy Compliance
Monitoring Manager

Florian Ghiselli
Flight Instructor

Alexandra Marcille
Flight Instructor
Advanced Aerobatics

Benjamin Carenton
Ground Instructor
FAA ATP / EA50 / PC12

Michael Caston
Ground Instructor
Captain 22.000 h
B747 / B737
British Airways, Singapore Airlines

Remi Bellet
Flight & Ground Instructor
ESTACA Engineer
BE1900, PC12, F900 Easy

Yevgen Ryabinin
Ground Instructor
Test Pilot Engineer
F20/200, F900 Easy
Captain 10.000 h
All Antonov aircrafts

Jean-Michel Cortade
Ground Instructor

Arthur Montibert
Ground Instructor 

Lindsay Weber
Ground Instructor
English teacher


The teaching team is completed by a team of 4 people whose mission is to deal with all the relational and regulatory aspects and the management of the school.

Mathieu Di Costanzo
Operations Manager
Compliance Monitoring Manager

Nathalie Di Costanzo
Head of Administration
and Schooling
Deputy CAMO Manager

Isabelle Pauly
Administrative and  
Schooling Assistant

Ornella Baratto-Moja
Sales assistant

An up-to-date and certified Diamond Aircraft fleet

4 DA-40 TDI Diamond Star single engines. A concentration of technologies

Cannes Aviation, Diamond da40 and da42 fleet

Cannes Aviation, Diamond da40cockpit, VFR version fitted with Garmin 430
Cannes Aviation, Diamond da40 cockpit, IFR/EFIS – Glass Cockpit – fitted with Garmin 1000

  • "Composite" cell
  • 135CV Turbo Diesel Engine with Common Rail Technology
  • Digital Engine-management control (FADEC)
  • State-of-the-art electronic navigation systems (GPS, Garmin)
  • Optimum safety and comfort for the pilot and his passengers
  • Environmental Care (fuel-efficiency and low noise et bruit)
  • Exceptional panoramic visibility
  • Cruise speed (70%) - 120 kts (210 km / h)
  • Autonomy 5:30hrs.
  • Service ceiling 16,000 ft.

  • 2 aircrafts in VFR version
  • Fitted with Garmin 430 (GPS, COM, NAV)
  • "Classic" instrumentation, ideal for PPL
  • Aircraft classed for VFR night-flying for the Night Flying qualification

  • 2 IFR/EFIS aircrafts - "Glass Cockpit"
  • Fitted with Garmin 1000
  • "Glass Cockpit" Instrumentation - 2 GPS 2 EFIS (MFD/PFD)
  • Automatic pilot
  • Ideal for learning EFIS and IFR piloting
  • Ideal, too, for the transition to the DA-42

    2 twin-engined DA-42 TDI Diamond Stars. The best of twin-engined planes

    Cannes Aviation, Diamond da40 and da42 fleet

    Cannes Aviation, Diamond da42 cockpit

  • The only light twin-engine in the world designed with all of the latest technology found in commercial aircraft
  • "Composite" cell
  • 2 135CV Turbo Diesel Engines with Common Rail Technology
  • Digital Engine-management control (FADEC), allowing for great   ease of use (single control)
  • Optimum safety and comfort for the pilot and his passengers (4 comfortable places)
  • Environmental Care (fuel-efficiency and low noise et bruit)
  • Exceptional panoramic visibility
  • Cruising speed (70%) - 150 kts (270 km/h)
  • Flight time : 5 hrs.
  • Service ceiling 18,000 ft.
  • An aircraft ideally suited for IFR, MEP or CPL training and pleasure flights.
  • Full IFR "Glass Cockpit" instrumentation
  • Garmin 1000 - 2 GPS 2 EFIS (MFD/PFD)
  • Fitted for "known icing conditions"
  • 1 state-of-the-art AL200 - DA42 FNPT2 simulator

    The indispensable tool for IFR learning

    Cannes Aviation, inside a FNPT2 AL200 flight simulator – da42
    Cannes Aviation, exterior of a FNPT2 AL200 flight simulator – da42
    Cannes Aviation, exterior of a FNPT2 AL200 flight simulator – da42
  • FNTP2 simulator approved by the DGAC/DCS
  • An exact replica of the DA-42 cockpit
  • 3D to 180° visual on a panoramic screen
    (3 video-projectors)
  • Tactile feedback for stick and rudder pedals
  • Data base with all the European terrains included
  • Instructor’s place making possible all simulated failures
  • Enhances quick skill acquisition whilst reducing the stress in learning
  • Allows you to familiarise yourself with emergency situations
  • Considerably reduces training costs
  • Allows for a credit (up to 40 flying hours) for an IFR course
  • Used as of PPL for learning radio navigation and safety in the event of accidental flying without visibility
  • Allows for a credit (up to 5 flying hours) for a PPL course
  • Approved by the IRSE course (IRF single engine)
  • Modern teaching tools well-suited to aeronautical studies

    Cannes Aviation, hangar view
    Cannes Aviation, integrated ATP session, pilot students ground course
    Cannes Aviation secure extranet
    All of the courses take place on the premises of Cannes Aviation.
    With 400 sqm of classroom space and 1,500 sqm of adjacent hangars, these premises, which were recently refurbished, are perfectly suited to technical teaching and for flight preparation.
    The theoretical lessons are given with the aid of multi-media lesson supports. The individual classrooms for on-the-ground training are all equipped with computers, as so the group classrooms, which are also fitted with multi-media projectors. Students also have a study area freely available to them, it, too, equipped with PCs. Free Internet Wi-Fi access. Students have free access to a catalogue of educational material and an aviation library.

    Flight reservations (for aircraft / instructors) are made online via the organisation's secure intranet using dedicated planning software.

    Each student has a secure progression e-booklet, which is updated and managed by the teaching and administrative staff.

    Finally, a club house with a cafeteria is available to students so that they can eat on-site, enjoy relaxing moments and of course celebrate their successes at the various flight tests with their friends, all in a friendly atmosphere.