Patria to deliver flight inspection system installation and modification packages to Fintraffic and STC for Finnish Aviation Academy Embraer Phenom aircraft

Patria has signed an agreement for the modification design and certification of a flight inspection system with Fintraffic Air Navigation Services Ltd. Patria delivers aircraft modification design and material kits that will be installed in two Finnish Aviation Academy (FINAA) owned Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 business jets. The delivery includes also EASA certification of the modification that is Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the aircraft type.

The modification work and test flight programme are implemented in tripartite collaboration between Patria, Fintraffic and FINAA. Operation with the new measurement system is scheduled to start in early 2025.

”The agreement further strengthens Patria’s capabilities in civil aircraft modifications and increases the company’s experience in modifications of fast pressurised jet aircraft. New and high-performance flight inspection system will offer efficient security of supply, maintenance and further development capability locally due to domestic implementation. We are able to be utilise Patria’s strong expertise and long experience in aviation industry which will significantly benefit the modification and installation design work,” says Mikko Viitaniemi, Senior Vice President, Joint & Security of Patria.

Flight inspection is an important part of Fintraffic Air Navigation Services operations, as it ensures the safe and smooth services provided to customers and contributes to the continuity of air traffic.

“The equipment used in air navigation services is measured at specific intervals both from the air and the ground. The goal of measurements taken from the air is to ensure that the systems used in air navigation services operate as planned, and the information received by aircraft is accurate. With this agreement, we enhance operational reliability by adding additional capacity to the flight inspection operations. The collaboration of three domestic companies is also significant for Finland’s security of supply,” as stated by Raine Luojus, CEO of Fintraffic Air Navigation Services.

“The measurement flight operations offers great opportunities for Finnish Aviation Academy to utilize its Embraer Phenom 100 (EMB-500) aircraft and professional flight instructors having long operational experience of flying the EMB-500 aircraft,“ says Juha Siivonen, Managing Director of Finnish Aviation Academy.

Media enquiries and further information:

Sirje Ahvenlampi-Hyvönen, Vice President, Group Communications, Patria, tel. +358 50 557 3822,
Leena Huhtamaa, Sustainability and Communications Manager, Fintraffic, tel +358 40 756 3819
Juha Siivonen, Managing Director, Finnish Aviation Academy,

Fintraffic ANS provides safe, accurate and competitive air navigation services in Finland. Fintraffic ANS is responsible for managing Finland’s airspace and providing en-route and air navigation services at 22 airports in Finland. The company is also responsible for the necessary infrastructure, system design and system maintenance in accordance with international standards. Technical air navigation also encompasses the maintenance of radar, navigation equipment and radio equipment in the airport environment. In addition, Fintraffic ANS is in charge of special tasks relating to air rescue coordination and territorial surveillance. Fintraffic Air Navigation Services Finland Ltd, (Fintraffic ANS) is part of the Fintraffic Group.

Patria is an international provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services, technology solutions and pilot training. Patria provides its aerospace and military customers with equipment availability, continuous performance development as well as selected intelligence, surveillance and management system products and services. Patria’s mission is to give its customers confidence in all conditions, and the vision is to be the #1 partner for critical operations on land, sea and air. Patria has several locations including Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and Spain. Patria employs over 3,000 professionals. Patria is owned by the State of Finland (50.1%) and Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (49.9%). Patria owns 50% of Nammo, and together these three companies form a leading Nordic defence partnership.

Finnish Aviation Academy is a vocational special purpose aviation school located in the City of Pori on the west coast of Finland. The purpose of the Academy is to train professional pilots for the need of Finnish professional aviation. Training at the Finnish Aviation Academy meets the EASA Regulations. The training is also in accordance with the requirements stated by the Finnish airlines as well as the laws of Finland. In addition to training new pilots, the Finnish Aviation Academy also offers commercial services, such as training services, simulator leasing services and commercial flights. Finnish Aviation Academy is owned by the State of Finland (98%) and the City of Pori (2%).

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