A demanding, high-performance flight school for your success

25 years of experience, hundreds of pilots trained to the highest level!

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.

integrated ATP student pilots of Cannes Aviation

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 training team of demanding professional 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
EASA ATPL / HS125 / C510

Vincent Besancenet
Flight Instructor
ELISA Engineer
Deputy Compliance
Monitoring Manager

Florian Ghiselli
Flight Instructor
FAA ATP / FA50 / CRJ900

Sébastien Gravière
Flight Instructor

Romain Lherbet
Flight Instructor

Alexandra Marcille
Flight Instructor and UPRT
Advanced Aerobatics

Benjamin Carenton
Ground Instructor
FAA ATP / EA50 / PC12 / BD700

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

Calvin Shields
Ground Instructor
Captain 22.000 h
B747 / B744
British Airways, Singapore Airlines

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

A homogeneous fleet of Diamond aircraft for efficient progression

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

Cannes Aviation Diamond da40 and da42 fleet

Diamond da40 VFR cockpit at Cannes Aviation
Diamond da40 IFR EFIS Garmin 1000 Cannes Aviation

  • "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 KT / 130 KT (210 km/h to 250 km/h)
  • Autonomy 5:30hrs.
  • Service ceiling 16,000 ft.

  • 2 units 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

  • 1 IFR/EFIS NG unit - "Glass Cockpit"
  • Equipped with Garmin 1000 Nxi with Jeppesen Chart View Plates
  • Glass Cockpit Instrumentation - 2 GPS 2 EFIS (MFD/PFD)
  • Integrated autopilot GFC700
  • Ideal for EFIS and IFR pilot training and transition to the DA-42
  • Approved for LPV RNP approaches

    4 twin-engine DA-42 TDI Twin Diamond Star. The ultimate twin-engine

    Diamond da40 and da42 fleet of Cannes Aviation
    Cannes Aviation Diamond da42 cockpit equipped G1000
    Cannes Aviation Diamond da42-VI G1000Nxi cockpit
  • The only lightweight twin-engine aircraft in the world designed using the latest commercial aviation technologies
  • "Composite" cell
  • 2 Turbo Diesel engines 135HP to 170HP Common Rail Technology
  • Computer controlled engine management (FADEC) allowing great simplicity of use (single control)
  • Safety and optimum comfort for the pilot and his passengers (4 comfortable seats)
  • Environmental friendliness (low consumption and noise)
  • Exceptional panoramic visibility
  • Speed cruise: (70%) 150 kts to 165 kts (270 km/h to 300 km/h)
  • Autonomy: 5 hrs
  • Practical ceiling  : 18,000 FT
  • Ideal for IFR, MEP or PLC training and recreational flights.
  • Full IFR Glass Cockpit Instrumentation
  • Garmin 1000 or 1000 Nxi - 2 GPS 2 EFIS (MFD/PFD)
  • Equipped with FIKI "flight in known icing conditions"
  • 1 aircraft is equipped for LPV RNP approaches and has a weather radar and TCAS (Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System)

    1 acrobatic airplane Extra 200

    Extra 200 aerobatic aircraft of Cannes Aviation
  • Used for UPRT training (Upset and Prevention Recovery Training)
  • 200 HP engine
  • Classic train
  • Approved + 8 G / - 8 G (duo) and + 10 G / -10 G (solo)
  • 2 places in duo
  • Cruising speed:150 KT
  • Autonomy: 1080Km
  • Ceiling: 15000 FT
  • Roll rate: 320°/s

    1 Eclipse 500 Jet

    eclipse 500 jet of Cannes Aviation
  • This Jet, the smallest twin-engine jet, is very economical. Being approved as a single pilot aircraft, our best student professional pilots with an IFR-MEP level can board as Safety Pilots for business aviation missions with 1 to 5 passengers depending on the cabin configuration.
  • 2 PW610F-A turbines with 900 lbs thrust each
  • MTOW: 2.7 T
  • Maximum fuel: 950 L
  • Max. range: 2,000 km
  • Max. altitude: 41,000 FT
  • Max cruise speed: 370 KT (685 Km/h)
  • 2 certified FNPT II ALSIM AL200 - DA42 flight simulators

    The indispensable tool for IFR learning

    DA42 FNPT2 AL200 flight simulator Cannes Aviation
    DA42 FNPT2 AL200 flight simulator Cannes Aviation
    exterior of DA42 flight simulator Cannes Aviation
  • 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 equipment tailored to pilot studies

    secure extranet of Cannes Aviation
    pilot students ground course at Cannes Aviation
    club house and lounge of Cannes Aviation

    All courses take place in the Cannes Aviation premises. With 450 m2 of classrooms and 1500 m2 of adjacent hangars, these recently renovated premises are perfectly adapted for technical training and flight preparation. Theoretical courses are given using multimedia course materials. The individual ground training rooms are all equipped with PCs as well as the group rooms, which are also equipped with very large video screens for displaying course presentations. Students also have self-service study rooms, also equipped with PCs. Access to the Wi-Fi network is free. Students have free access to a catalogue of tutorials and an aeronautical library.

    Flight bookings (airplane / instructor) are made online via the school's secure intranet on a GDPR compliant planning software .

    Each student has his/her own secure electronic progress book, filled in and managed by the teaching and administrative team.

    Finally, a club house with cafeteria is available to students to organize their meals on site, relax for a few moments and of course celebrate with friends the success of the various flight tests, all in a friendly atmosphere.