International turboprop manufacturer ATR opened its first training center in Africa in partnership with South African airline Comair. The center, to be based in Johannesburg, will be operational in April. It will be equipped with a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) and will provide training for ATR 42-300, ATR 42-500, ATR 72-200, and ATR 72-500 aircraft. ATR’s decision to open this training center is due to its growing presence on the continent, both in terms of an increased number of operators and aircraft. Since 2005, ATR has received orders for some 50 new aircraft for African carriers. ATR will provide flight and maintenance training programs, pedagogical tools, and instructors when requested by airlines. ATR African operators will also be able to dry lease the simulator and train their pilots and maintenance crew at the Johannesburg ATR Training Centre with their own instructors.