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French Civil Aviation University
Motto La référence aéronautique
Motto in English The aeronautical reference
Established 1949 (1949)
Type Public aerospace university
Director-General Marc Houalla
Admin. staff 950
Students 2,000[1]
Doctoral students 80
Location Biscarosse, Carcassonne, Castelnaudary, Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, Grenoble, Melun, Montpellier, Muret, Saint-Yan and Toulouse, France
43°33′55″N 1°28′52″E / 43.56528°N 1.48111°E / 43.56528; 1.48111Coordinates: 43°33′55″N 1°28′52″E / 43.56528°N 1.48111°E / 43.56528; 1.48111
Campus Biscarrosse - Parentis Airport, Carcassonne Airport, Castelnaudary - Villeneuve Airport, Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport, Melun Villaroche Aerodrome, Montpellier – Méditerranée Airport, Muret - Lherm Aerodrome, Saint-Yan Airport and Toulouse
Colours Blue & Grey         
Nickname ENAC
Affiliations 3AF,[2] Aerospace Valley, CDEFI, CGE,[3] CESAER,[4] CTI,[5] Elles Bougent,[6] Erasmus, EUR-ACE,[7] France AEROTECH,[8] GEA, IAAPS,[9] ICAO, ISSAT,[10] PEGASUS,[11] Toulouse Tech,[12] University of Toulouse

The French Civil Aviation University (French: École nationale de l'aviation civile), also known as ENAC,[13] is a French public aeronautical grande école created the 28th of August 1949 and located at Biscarosse, Carcassonne, Castelnaudary, Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, Grenoble, Melun, Montpellier, Muret, Saint-Yan and Toulouse, in France. It is member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, University of Toulouse, Aerospace Valley and is one the fifth founder of France AEROTECH.[14]

ENAC provides training in civil aeronautics. The university has around 25 courses, including aerospace engineers, technicians, Masters, Mastères Spécialisés, airline pilots, air traffic controllers, managers and flight instructors.


1945 - 1949

Air travel grew rapidly in France after World War II. Safe air transport required staff trained specifically for this activity. It also required people in different sectors of the aviation world to work together and understand each other. That is why ENAC was started.[15] Max Hymans, the secretary general of civil and commercial aviation was the chief organizer.

Max Hymans was secretary general of civil and commercial aviation between 1945 and 1948

Franc had different training centers for this sector: one for airfield commanders at Orly, and one at Le Bourget for the technical staff of air navigation. The department of telecommunications and signaling, also based at Orly, trained wireless operators and radio technicians. Technical managers were mostly trained in engineering grandes écoles ; Some are issued from the University, Chairs of fluid mechanics were created at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and Collège de France in 1930. The École spéciale des travaux aéronautiques also provided designers. Aircrew training was provided by the State or by private institutions.[16] ENAC was made to bring together in one place all these kinds of training for aviation.

Decree No. 49-970 of 7th of June 1948 laid down the rules of French public Administration. It overhauled the staff regulations of civil aviation officials, especially the technical staff. Several new corps of civil servants were established: air traffic engineers, engineers of air navigation operations, aerial telecommunications civil engineers, air traffic controllers, telecommunications controller and air navigation agents. A ministerial decision the 12th of August 1948 prepared for a first civil service examination of all these bodies. The examinations themselves were organized in October 1948. Regardless of the foregoing, the 14th of April 1948, the International Civil Aviation Organization establishes the conditions for air crew licensing, including the minimum number of flight hours required for each category of pilots.[17]

That same year, ENAC was still only "service des écoles et des stages" of the General secretariat for civil and commercial aviation. This is unlike other areas where there is a tradition that senior civil service are trained in higher education institutions with the title of "National University" : The École nationale des ponts et chaussées, founded in 1747, the École nationale des chartes, founded in 1821, or the most recent École nationale d'administration (1945). At a period when air transport becomes a key economic sector, the existence of a "service des écoles et des stages" appears somewhat anachronistic. Jules Moch, Minister of Works, Transport and Tourism wants to name the university the "École nationale de l'aviation marchande", finally not chosen.[18]

1949 - 1955

Jules Moch in 1957.

ENAC is created the 28th of August 1949 (Decree 49-1205) in Paris at the initiative of Max Hymans, Secretary General of Civil Aviation, and Jules Moch[18] in order to train all the professionals of civil aeronautics and harmonize all the air transport staff, crew or not, commercial or technical. The university is located at Orly, south of Paris (ENAC's buildings at Orly served as an examination center until the early 1990s). René Lemaire considers ENAC as "a university of aviation safety".[19] This priority given to safety is natural for ENAC, being the first reason for the training of future technicians and future airmen in a single university. As noted in a report of the Inspection générale de l'aviation civile, "It was in the minds of the creators of the univerisity, to develop between the crew and the ground staff a community of ideas, reciprocal knowledge, and esteem, that are essential for the teamwork required by air transport." However, it is strange that the "community of ideas" the author of the report wishes could be only expressed by the coexistence of different courses in the same university. Other factors work in opposite directions, including the very significant difference of durations of the training cycles.[20] Thus, air navigation civil engineers specialized in "telecommunications" stays 30 months in the university ; the students of the course "operations" are trained in 27 months ; the air navigation engineers in two years ; and finally, the air traffic controllers in nine months.[20] To realize fully the goals that, in the minds of its founders, should be achieved by the creation of ENAC, it is necessary that other conditions are met. The main is the consistency of the education provided to the students in different cycles. This need is reflected by the interpenetration of theoretical and practical training, "air" and "ground". The most visible is the development, whenever this is possible, of the teaching called "inter-specialization", that means, integrated programs of distinct cycles. It should be noted that these teachings, which have different courses for a single design cost, results in significant savings, as well noticed by Rene Lemaire.[21]

1955 - 1959

The decree of the 13th of October 1959 announces the first partner of the university: Air France.[22] It results in a sharing of tasks and establishes a recruitment for airline pilots students with no previous flight experience. Previously, on an experimental basis, the university welcomed in 1958 the first airline pilots students. The university trained them for the preparation of the Airline Transport Pilot Licence theory exam. As for the practical training in flight, it is done at the SEFA center of Saint-Yan, created in 1949, until the commercial pilot licence, and at the Air France school for the advanced training. ENAC, in addition to his official task related to the preparation of the Airline Transport Pilot Licence theory, has some tasks of theoretical training for pilots of various airlines. There is also the question of the financial aspect of the training for airline pilots in private airlines.[22] This training, which the cost is not paid by the French state, is too expensive for airlines and students, particularly because of the flight training part. Private airlines decided to pay the cost, which makes possible the free education for student pilots.[22]

ENAC buildings and aircraft at the Saint-Yan Airport.

Meanwhile, in order to enable its students to have a knowledge of the environment in which the air transport takes place, ENAC starts to develop cooperation with the École nationale de la météorologie. A report dated the 29th of May 1950 invokes the obvious implications of meteorology in the air traffic and promotes the training of this subject for air traffic controllers.[23] Also, many and close links traditionally exits between civil aviation and Air Force. After World War II, when civil aviation is developing, soldiers can help its expansion. A lot of pilots, but also radios, navigators and mechanics are coming from the army to airlines. ENAC starts to be part of this movement, and help the conversion of military aircrew.[23] It is in this spirit that is signed the 9th of June 1951 a memorandum specifying its duties in the training of military pilots for civil aviation. The university is the general contractor of the operations and provides the theoretical training. The Service de l'aviation légère et sportive (SALS), under the decree of the 31th of March 1951, is providing for free the flight training for airline pilots candidates coming from the army.[24]

From 1949 to 1959, the number of courses held increase from 6 to 64 and the number of students from 49 to 800.[25] The causes of rapid development are multiple. There is no doubt that ENAC has benefited from the spectacular development of air transport in the postwar years. But it would not have taken such an advantage if its teachings were not good. Finally, one can not ignore the presence of a significant contingent of students from either foreign countries or - in even larger numbers - which territories would gain independence in the near future.[26] In the early 1960s, the university is beginning to welcome its first students and trainees from foreign civil aviation authorities.[27] Along with development, new courses are created regularly. This creation is often a direct result of an administrative decision, as it is the case when a new rating is introduced. Thus, in 1956 was created the navigation instructor rating, with the opening of the corresponding training. Sometimes a course is simply set to meet a need. The same year 1956, for example, is introduced a speaking techniques course for instructors. Still in 1956, appears the first engineering students called "civilians", that is to say, not officials. The openings of new training graduate courses, of course, is much less frequent than those of new continuous training, which occurs fairly regularly. In 1958, the airline pilots theoretical training course is starting.[26]

Life at ENAC Orly is then punctuated by the yearly trip for all the students, undoubtedly one of the highlights of the studies. It has its share of unexpected, but its rites, as the reception in full uniform of the university officials and the students by local authorities, on arrival at a new location.[28]

1959 - 1968

The years 1960 - 1975 are those of a transition during which two major events happens: the move to Toulouse in 1968[29] where is now located the main campus and the change in status of the university, from external department of the French civil aviation administration to a public Administration institution in 1970.[30]

When it is created, the French Civil Aviation University is located on the close to Paris-Orly Airport. This location near the largest French airport offers many advantages :easy use of the airplanes for a lot of activities - navigation flights, promotional trips, ... and the proximity with many airlines and aircraft manufacturers or related to the aviation industry, whose managers are likely to be called for lectures, conferences, ...

Students and air traffic controllers in the Nantes Atlantique Airport control tower

However, the very rapid growth of traffic at Paris-Orly Airport - the airport of Paris-Charles de Gaulle did not exist yet - results in a lot of disadvantages, particularly the requirement, for the aircraft used by ENAC, to have to be used in an air traffic more and more dense. Therefore, Aéroports de Paris is progressively reticent to renew the lease of lands which are ideally located and on which the university is located.[30] Since the early 1960s, there is no doubt that the facilities at Orly will not be used for a long time. In the mid-1950s the first projects to implement ENAC on a new location starts to born. All involve are close cities of Parisian airports.[31] That's not considering the requirements of decentralization. In people's minds even before the famous book by Jean-François Gravier, Paris et le désert français (Paris and the French desert), the decentralization is necessary. The plans for ENAC in the very close to Paris are irremediably condemned, studies are moving towards farther locations. The potential locations are all part of a 150 km radius around Paris, among other Melun, Pontoise, Coulommiers, Étampes, Reims, Évreux, Chartres, Orleans, etc.. Meanwhile, a report dated the 20th of May 1959, lists the disadvantages of a location too far from Paris: difficulties of transporting personnel, the possible increase of duration of the courses, increased operating costs,...[32] It is in this context that René Lemaire analysis, in its report dated the 14th of June 1960, the possibility of a transfer to Toulouse.[33] It is its aeronautical and university aspects that have made the choice for this city as a new location (Toulouse 1 University Capitole, created in 1229, is one of the oldest university in the world, the École nationale supérieure d'ingénieurs de constructions aéronautiques had settled in Toulouse since 1961 and the École nationale supérieure de l'aéronautique et de l'espace[34] was going to move from Paris to the city). It is the 15th of June 1961 that the transfer of the university in Toulouse is validated by an official decision of Prime Minister Michel Debré.[35] It is confirmed by his successor Georges Pompidou in a letter dated the 23th of July 1963.[36]

It was in April 1966 that began the construction of new buildings on the campus of Rangueil.[37] The project ends the 19th of August 1968 when the staff is invited to be at the university. The academic year starts the 16th of September 1968. 500 students are expected, including 325 who start their training. These are as follows: 15 air navigation engineering students, drawn largely from École Polytechnique, 70 engineering students in air navigation from two-years studies after French Baccalaureate, 60 airline pilot students, 100 air traffic controllers students, 40 electronics students, 20 commercial pilot students and 20 flight dispatcher students.[38]

1968 - 1975

Although it thought it is better not to decide about the status of ENAC before the university opened its doors to its new campus, the Commission permanente has taken into consideration the problem of an inadequate legal status . This problem is old : identified shortly after the creation of the university, he has resurfaced many times, as the inspection reports that relate to the management of the institution shown. ENAC is closely followed by its supervisory authority. Inspection reports are occurring at a rapid cadence, in average one every two years, sometimes more.[39] The judgment focused on the management of the institution is sometimes severe. These same reports, in the mid-1950s, contest the existence of the university, which was not the case in the previous years. As an example, the report (confidential) of Brancourt Controller the 12th of March 1952, based on the organization and operation of ENAC. We learn that the university has "a lack of doctrine", that "there is a certain tension with the training center of Air France", and even that "ENAC is madness".

In reality, the weaknesses can be largely explained by the difficulties caused by the inadequacy between the status of ENAC and the nature of its business, which requires it to provide courses for students and trainees who are not all officials from its supervisory authority, or to use teaching staff from very different origin.[40] The heavy process for allocating university budget is in trouble as soon as other types of income are reduced, such as non-public resources. This happens more in the years 1958-1964. In 1962, the management of ENAC is thinking about increasing tuition fees, courses prices and fees for customers outside from the French civil aviation authority. However, the status of the institution submits the necessary prices adjustments to an approval process so difficult that finally is blocked. That's why, another type of status, "public administrative institution", appears much more appropriate.[41] The final decision is taken by Decree No. 70-347 of the 13th of April 1970, with application the 1st of January 1971. Become a public administrative institution, ENAC is endowed with a board of directors. René Lemaire is the first president.[42]

1975 - 1990

From 1975 a new thing is starting. It consists of an increase of the proportion of engineering students called "civilians" in opposition to the "officials" (civil servants) engineering students. ENAC is becoming a major player in the training for aerospace industry (civilian personnel), while its primary goal was only the training of officials for direction générale de l'aviation civile. It is true that the existence of students for the private sector is not new at the university : it was in 1956 that are trained the first of them. At the end of 1950s, however, this recruitment affects only a minority of students.[43] It is primarily done to compensate the disadvantage which consists of the highly different number of students to work in the administration and to prevent the size of successive promotions with a too great difference. However, this second source tends to become more and more important, to finally become the first one. This results in an revision of the teachings.[44] ENAC engineering education, particularly that of the specialty called "facilities" - it focuses on electronics - seduce the industrial sectors of electronics and information technology. Without having particularly desired, the university has progressively the role of a National University of Engineers.

Industry oriented university, research appeared in 1984, following the law on Higher education which provides that "engineering education [...] has a research activity, basic or applied,[45]" and is organized around four areas: electronics, automation, computer and air transport economy. The university then feels interest for future engineers to learn research methods: while the method of deductive reasoning, for a long time favored by teachers in the two-years studies after French high school diploma and universities, shows its limitations, the method of inductive reasoning, characteristic of research, appears progressively better adapted to the nature of functions performed by today's engineers.[45] The most recent manifestation of the growing interest in research at ENAC is the creation of the air transport economics laboratory, which designation reflects the desire to study, in addition to air transport itself, certain related activities such as air navigation.[46]

The mid 1980s saw the emergence of mastères spécialisés programs. They are born for most of them from an industrial demand, including the groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales, in order to support the export contracts by training.[47] Indeed, while filling the needs of many French students or professionals, they can train in a relatively short period some foreign executives. The same period saw the diversification of continuing education[48] at the university. The continuing education courses are organized in five main areas: air traffic systems, electronics, computer, aeronautics and languages/humanities.[49]

1990 - today

The international dimension of the university is growing significantly over the 1990s. Its development, however, faces an internal obstacle. It is the constraint imposed in the early 1990s : the design and implementation of the new cycle for air traffic controllers. The effort required by the university enables it to develop its international dimension. A novelty in the international activities of ENAC holds in the emergence of a specifically European component.[50] It consists first in the participation in European projects such as EATCHIP (European Air Traffic control Harmonization and Integration Program), then in joining mobility programs for students such as Erasmus or Socrates. Under these programs, the university welcomes a growing number of foreign students.[49] In doing so, it forges close relations with foreign universities, including those of Berlin and Darmstadt in Germany, as well as the one of Tampere in Finland. Since 1990, the university has new missions. Thus, ENAC negotiates new contracts for studies and research abroad. The 2000s are the years of the creation of courses entirely taught in English language and the development of activities focused on air navigation.[51] In 2009, the university and its alumni association organize the first edition of the salon du livre aéronautique (aeronautical literary festival) in Toulouse.[52] In December 2010, ENAC becomes an ICAO center for training in aviation security.[53]

Meanwhile, the university develops new teaching facilities: the air traffic control simulator "CAUTRA", the aerodrome control simulator "AERSIM", an Airbus A320 flight management system simulator, a static model of the Airbus A321' s engine and the laboratory of telecom networks.[54]

Since the 1st January 2011 and the merging of ENAC with the SEFA, the university is the biggest European aviation university.[55]

Heads history

See also: Category:Heads of the French Civil Aviation University

The current head of the university is Marc Houalla,[56] who was SEFA director from 2006 till the 1th of January 2011.[57] It is the seventh person to be director since 1949. He was elected in 2008 after the departure of Gérard Rozenknop, his predecessor. The directors since 1949 are given in the following table.

List of ENAC heads[58]
Name Years
Guy du Merle 1948 to 1951
Gilbert Manuel 1951 to 1967
Louis Pailhas 1967 to 1982
André Sarreméjean 1982 to 1990
Alain Soucheleau 1990 to 1999
Gérard Rozenknop 1999 to 2008
Marc Houalla since 2008



As all the equivalent universities in France, ENAC is managed by a President elected by a board of directors.[59] He is member of the three councils of the university :

  • Training and research council, managed by Gilles Perbost at the 1st of September 2011 ;
  • Flight training council, coming from the merger with SEFA ;
  • International relations and development council.

In addition to these three councils, the university has a director's office which includes communication and cultural affairs, a division of information systems and a general secretariat dedicated to legal management, logistics, financial and human resources.[60]


The university has spent for its operation 126 million euros in 2011. The budget is up 61.12% compared to 2010[61] as a result of its merger with the SEFA and consists of:[62]

ENAC fondation

In consideration for several months,[63] a corporate foundation has been established in September 2011. It aims to guide the training and research council on the changes to be made to the training Ingénieur ENAC (ENAC engineer) and to the corporate partnerships. It consists of technical and human resources managers from aerospace companies such as Air France, Airbus, Aéroport de Paris, Rockwell Collins, Thalès, Aéroconseil,....[64]


French Civil Aviation University is located in France
Campuses of the French Civil Aviation University
Building Hélène Boucher at ENAC Toulouse

ENAC has eight campuses and can provide accommodation.[65] It also has a canteen, cafeteria, library, computer rooms, sports halls including a fitness room, a sports field, a rugby field, five tennis courts, a beach volleyball and a golf driving range. Its main campus is located at Rangueil (Toulouse).[66]

Since its merger with the SEFA, ENAC has eight locations :


ENAC has a fleet of 130 aircraft of different types:[78][79] CAP-10, Socata TB-10, Socata TB-20, Beechcraft Baron 58, Beechcraft 200, ATR 42, Diamond DA40 (to replace the Socata TB-20) and Diamond DA42 (to replace the Beechcraft Baron 58).

On its Toulouse campus, the university has flight simulator Robin DR400 and Socata TB-20, and also some static simulators of Airbus A320 and Airbus A340.[80]

In the air navigation department, it has control tower simulators[81] (at 120 or 360 degrees).[82]

Teaching and research

Initial training

ENAC has four Bachelor's degree courses to train pilots and aerospace technicians.

ENAC provide theoretical training for pilot students in eight months in its campus of Toulouse, and the practical training of 16 months, is given in the other campuses of the university in Montpellier, Carcassonne, Saint-Yan or Muret. Since 1992, graduates of this training are represented by an alumni association called AGEPAC.[83] In parallel, the university propose a preparation for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence theory different by its purpose, allow high school students from low income families to become airline pilot, and its level of recruitment (End of high school). After that, students can prepare the Commercial pilot licence or going to he course technicien aéronautique d'exploitation (in English, aeronautical operations technician), training also accessible from two other recruitment. With a similar name but preparing for a different job, the curriculum technicien supérieur de l'aviation (in English, higher aviation Technician) allows the integration of the techniciens supérieurs des études et de l'exploitation de l'aviation civile (in English higher civil aviation operations Technicians) civil servant department or the one of the techniciens supérieurs de l'aviation civils (English: civil higher aviation technician).

In addition, the university has seven Master's degree programs to train people for both aerospace industry and French civil aviation authority.

Going only to the civil aviation authority, the courses of Air traffic controller and Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel are done by the university. the Ingénieur ENAC course trains aerospace engineer in three sectors : electronics and aeronautical telecommunications (L), computer systems and air traffic (S) and aeronautical engineering (T). A small part (10 %[84]), are civil servant engineering students. They become ingénieurs des études et de l'exploitation de l'aviation civile (civil aviation operations engineer) after the university. Since 1949, ENAC is a specialization university for École Polytechnique students. Thus, since the 16th of April 2002 and the merger of the corps des ingénieurs de l'aviation civile (civil aviation engineer department) and thus of géographie et de la météorologie (geography and meteorology) into the Corps of Bridges and Roads,[85] the training of managers of the French civil aviation authority has changed. The Corps of Bridges and Roads are trained at the École des Ponts ParisTech and part of the course (about 300 hours) is organized in cooperation with ENAC for students who wants to join the French civil aviation authority. Furthermore, the university has created in 2007 a Master's degree in International Air Transport Opération Management, in 2011 the course Master's degree in Global Navigation Satellite System[86] supported by the European Commission[87][88] and in 2012 the training Master's degree in Air Traffic Management in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[89] The Master's degree in Human–computer interaction (IHM) is realized in cooperation with the Paul Sabatier University.[90]

Finally, the French Civil Aviation University provides seven Mastères Spécialisés courses[91] in the fields : airport management, air transport management (in partnership with Toulouse Business School), communication - navigation - surveillance and satellite applications for aviation, aviation safety aircraft airworthiness (in partnership with other grandes écoles[92]), air-ground collaborative systems engineering, aviation and air traffic management[93] and aerospace project management (APM) (in partnership with other grandes écoles[94][95]).

The former students of the three Master programs, the Ingénieur ENAC course, as well as those of the Corps of Bridges and Roads and those of the Mastères Spécialisés courses was represented by an association, INGENAC, created in 1988, member of the CNISF (French scientific and engineer council) and in Toulouse.[96] The 16th of March 2012, INGENAC decided to represent all the former students of the university and changes its name to « ENAC Alumni ».[97]

Each course of the university has its own recruitment process.[98]

Continuing education

By hosting each year more than 7,500 students who participate to more than 600 courses annually organized by the university, with a turnover of 15 million of euros, ENAC is now the largest organization in Europe for aeronautical continuing education. The continuing education of ENAC has been developed in areas which ENAC is well recognized : air traffic, electronics, computer science, aeronautical engineering, aircraft control, ...

International partners

An ENAC aircraft at Airexpo on Muret - Lherm Aerodrome the 28th of May 2011.

Students of the aerospace engineer course can study at the two other grandes écoles members of the groupement des écoles d'aéronautique, and also at the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse[99] and at Nantes business school.[100] Moreover, as part of France AEROTECH, an exchange of third year engineering students is under elaboration with the grandes écoles of this network.[101]

In another country, students have access to the Erasmus programme[102] and to Pegasus. In the aerospace engineer course, the university welcomes 8% of foreign students in 2011.[103] Considering all the courses, this number is 46% in 2010.[104]

The university has also agreements[102] with  : Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Institute of Technology, University of California, University of Washington, École africaine de la météorologie et de l'aviation civile. It also educates people of the Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar.

Also, ENAC is a founder of the Institut sino-européen d'ingénierie de l'aviation of Tianjin. On this city, the university has four Mastères Spécialisés courses at the Civil Aviation University of China[105][106] only for Chinese students : airport management, aviation safety management - airworthiness, aviation safety management - flight operations and aviation safety management - aeronautical maintenance.[107]

Finally, in December 2011, the university has signed a partnership with the École des Ponts ParisTech and the Académie internationale Mohammed VI de l'aviation civile to start an Executive MBA in aviation management for aerospace people[108] in March 2012 at Casablanca.[109]

Research activities

Research is a growing business at ENAC. Industry oriented university, it appears in 1984, following the law on higher education which provides that « engineer training...contains a research activity, pure or applied ».[110] It was originally organized around four areas : electronics, automation, computer and air transport economy. Mid-2009, the research teams was in the following laboratories : automation - operational research (LARA),[111] economy - air econometrics (LEEA),[112] study - optimization of telecommunications networks architectures (LEOPART),[113][114] electromagnetism for aeronautical telecommunications (LETA),[115] interactive computer (LII),[116] applied mathematics (LMA), air traffic optimization (LOTA) and signal processing for the aeronautical telecommunications (LTST).[117]

ENAC also has, since 2005, a team specializing in UAVs that maintains and develops Paparazzi, a free system for automatic control of UAVs,[118] unmanned aerial vehicle laboratory. The infrastructure includes also a planetarium and an air traffic control simulator. ENAC is a founding member of the European academy for aviation safety (EAFAS),[119] network of the key training organizations in the field of air safety. During the Paris Air Show of 2005, the university announces a partnership with Office National d'Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales[120] in the fields of air traffic management, air safety, satellite navigation, sustainable development and air transport economy.[121]

End of 2011, the university has established a new research organization that are six transverse programs : UAVs and air traffic management, airports, aircraft and air operations, human-computer interaction, air/ground communications and sustainable development, everything is now based on four laboratories : applied mathematics - optimization - optimal control - control engineering operations research (MAIAA), signal processing - satellite positioning system - electromagnetism - networks (TELECOM), architecture - modeling - engineering of interactive systems (LII) and economics - air transport econometrics (LEEA).[122]

Famous people


See also: Category:Alumni of the École nationale de l'aviation civile

Several famous pilots have studied at the French Civil Aviation University like Émile Allegret, soldier[123] and member of the French Resistance[124] during the World War II, Xavier Barral (Promotion 1966), former President of the association des professionnels navigants de l'aviation (Professional aircrew association), Noël Chevrier (Promotion 1970), antistress center manager at Air France, Gérard Feldzer (Promotion 1971), former President of the Aéro-Club de France,[125][126][127] Bernard Pestel (Promotion 1972), vice president of the société française de droit aérien (French Air Law company), Béatrice Vialle (Promotion 1981), one of the two female Concorde pilot[128][129][130] and the first French female pilot on a supersonic airliner.[131]

Particularly because of its status of a French civil servant university, some civil servant has been student at ENAC like Jean-Marc de Raffin Dourny (Promotion 1966), President of the organisme pour la sécurité de l'aviation civile (organization for the safety of civil aviation), Michel Bernard (Promotion 1967), former head of the Agence nationale pour l'emploi[132] and former President of Air Inter,[133] Paul-Louis Arslanian (Promotion 1968), former head[134] of the French Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile,[135][136] Jean-Paul Troadec (Promotion 1970), head of the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile, Michel Wachenheim (Promotion 1975), French ambassador.[137][138]

Some alumni of the university became managers like Yves Lambert (Promotion 1959), former head of Eurocontrol, Gérard Mestrallet (Promotion 1971), CEO of GDF Suez.,[139] Jean-Michel Vernhes (Promotion 1971), head of the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Jean-Charles Corbet (Promotion 1974), former head of Air Lib,[140] Olivier Colaïtis (Promotion 1977), President of Galileo, Lionel Guérin, founding President of Airlinair,[141] Franck Goldnadel (Promotion 1990), head of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Méziane Idjerouidène (Promotion 2003), general manager of Aigle Azur.

Few intellectuals graduate from the university like Jacques Villiers (Promotion 1948), founder of the Centre d'études de la navigation aérienne (French air navigation center),[142] Jean Peyrelevade (Promotion 1961), politician and business leader,[143] Hamza Ben Driss Ottmani (Promotion 1963), Moroccan economist and writer,[144] Alain Lefebvre (Promotion 1970), Journalist,[145] Solenn Colléter (Promotion 1993), novelist.[146]

In science, personalities like Gabriel Weishaupt (Promotion 1948), founding member of the Académie de l'air et de l'espace, Jean Robieux, Physicist,[147] Georges Maignan (Promotion 1955), former director of the experimental center of Eurocontrol, Gérard Desbois (Promotion 1979), younger flight engineer graduate[148] and crew member during the first flight of the Airbus A380, have studied at the university.[149]

Teachers and former teachers

Some aerospace personalities teach at the university such as Hervé Hallot, meteorology teacher[150] and co-author of Météorologie aéronautique,[151] Joel Laitselart (TAE 87[152]), air operations teacher and former operations manager of Aeris airline,[153] Patrick Lepourry, head of the engine department[154] and co-author of Propulseurs aéronautiques,[155] Instruments de bord and Initiation à l'aéronautique,[156] Félix Mora-Camino, head of the control engineering department[3] and co-author of Avionique - Tome 2, Système de conduite automatique et gestion du vol[157] or Yves Plays (IENAC S71), head of the specialized master in air transport and co-author of Initiation à l'aéronautique.[158]

Related pages


  1. "Bienvenue sur le site de l' Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile - Formation aéronautique (Ingénieur, Aiguilleur du ciel, Pilote de ligne,...) | ENAC". Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  2. (French)Liens
  3. 3.0 3.1 (French)ENAC Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile
  4. GEA - Groupement des Grandes Ecoles Aéronautiques et Spatiales
  5. (French)Avis n° 2011/04-03 relatif à l’habilitation de l'Ecole nationale de l'aviation civile (ENAC) à délivrer un titre d’ingénieur diplôméPDF
  6. (French)Création d’une fonction Responsable sociétal (RSE) à l’ENAC
  7. (French)L'ENAC reçoit le label EUR-ACE pour sa formation d'ingénieurs
  8. (French)Création du réseau FRANCE AEROTECH
  9. Members
  10. (French)Membres
  11. Participating Universities
  12. (French)Seize Grandes Ecoles de Midi-Pyrénées lance Toulouse Tech
  13. ENAC is an French acronym. ENAC stands for "École Nationale de l'Aviation Civile".
  14. (French)France Aérotech, un nouveau réseau pour l’aéronautique et le spatial
  15. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.13
  16. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.14
  17. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.15
  18. 18.0 18.1 (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.18
  19. Speech on the 3th of March 1951
  20. 20.0 20.1 (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.25
  21. René LEMAIRE, 1952
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.28
  23. 23.0 23.1 (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.32
  24. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.33
  25. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.34
  26. 26.0 26.1 (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.35
  27. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.36
  28. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.45
  29. Plaquette de présentation de l'ENAC
  30. 30.0 30.1 (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.55
  31. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.57
  32. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.58
  33. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.59
  34. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.61
  35. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.62
  36. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.63
  37. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.79
  38. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.81
  39. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.87
  40. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.88
  41. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.89
  42. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.91
  43. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.101
  44. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.102
  45. 45.0 45.1 (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.125
  46. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.127
  47. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.130
  48. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.129
  49. 49.0 49.1 (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.131
  50. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.133
  51. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.146
  52. (French)Le livre prend son envol au salon de l'ENAC
  53. (French)Le Centre de formation à la sûreté de l’ENAC agréé par l’OACI
  54. (French)Book 50 ans d'Énac p.143
  55. (French)La France dispose de la plus grande école d’aviation européenne
  56. (French)Marc Houalla le pilote du changement
  57. (French)Marc HOUALLA
  58. Annuaire INGENAC 2010 page 9
  59. (French)Organigramme général
  60. (French)Rapport d'évaluation de l'École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile – ENAC
  61. (French)Avis présenté au nom de la commission du développement durable et de l'aménagement du territoire sur la loi de finances pour 2011 (n° 2824), tome IV, écologie, développement et améngament durables : transports aériens
  62. (French)"Ecologie, développement et aménagement durables" et comptes spéciaux
  63. (French)Enac : L'école cherche à se doter d'une fondation
  64. (French)Newsletter ENAC - n°97 / Septembre 2011
  65. (French)École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile ENAC - Toulouse
  66. (French)Travaux. Rangueil : l'Enac rénove son campus
  67. 67.0 67.1 (French)Enac / SEFA : La fusion opérationnelle pour le 1er janvier 2011
  68. (French)Les cadets Air France dans la nature
  69. (French)De la voltige de haut niveau
  70. (French)Formation FI
  71. (French)L'École nationale d'aviation civile ouvre ses portes
  72. (French)SEFA 60 Ans au Sommet
  73. (French)Les 60 ans de Saint Yan
  75. (French)Montpellier, entre ciel et mer
  76. (French)Muret
  77. (French)Melun-Villaroche - L'aérodrome restera occupé toute la semaine
  78. (French)La France dispose de la plus grande école d'aviation européenne
  79. (French)Tout est bon dans le Salon
  80. (French)Un simulateur de vol à prix discount
  81. (French)Lettre mensuelle DSNA numéro 29 - avril 2010
  82. (French)L'ENAC met en réseau ses simulateurs de vol et de contrôle pour répondre aux besoins de formation et de recherche des entreprises aéronautiques
  83. (French)AGEPAC home page
  84. (French)Plaquette de présentation de la formation ingénieur ÉNAC
  85. (French)Décret n°2002-523 du 16 avril 2002 portant statut particulier du corps des ingénieurs des ponts et chaussées.
  86. (French)Nouveau MASTER Global Navigation Satellite System, (GNSS)
  87. (French)Création du Master GNSS
  88. (French)Les formations ingénieur ENAC
  89. Master of Science in Air Traffic Management
  90. (French)Master IHM
  91. (French)ENAC Ecole nationale de l'aviation civile
  92. SM-ASAA
  93. (French)La Conférence des Grandes Écoles accrédite le nouveau Mastère Spécialisé AVIATION & AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT de l’ENAC
  94. (French)Mastère Spécialisé : Aerospace Project Management Mastère Spécialisé : Aerospace Project Management
  95. SM-APM
  96. (French)Page d'accueil
  97. Assemblée générale d'ENAC Alumni
  98. (French)Calendrier des recrutements ÉNAC 2012
  99. (French)Master IT parcours SIGL
  100. (French)Enac : Partenariat avec l'Ecole de Commerce de Nantes
  101. (French)Élargissement du réseau FRANCE AEROTECH et signature d’une charte de gouvernance
  102. 102.0 102.1 (French)Page des échanges internationaux
  103. (French)ÉNAC Toulouse dans le palmarès l'Étudiant 2012
  104. (French)OBJECTIF n° 2 : Faire de l’ENAC une école de référence dans le domaine du transport aérien en France et à l’étranger
  105. (French)Plaquette de présentation de l'ÉNAC
  106. (French)L'ÉNAC dans le monde
  107. Students graduate from Airbus aviation program
  108. (French)L'AIAC lance un Executive MBA in Aviation Management
  110. (French)Book 50 and d'Enac page 125
  111. (French)Laboratoire de recherche opérationnelle et automatique
  112. (French)Laboratoire d'économie et d'économétrie de l'aérien
  113. (French)Présentation (succincte) du LEOPART
  114. (French)Développement d'algorithmes de planification tactique de trajectoires avion.
  115. (French)Laboratoire d'Électromagnétisme pour les Télécommunications Aéronautiques (LETA)
  116. (French)Le laboratoire d'informatique interactive
  117. (French)Laboratoire de Traitement du Signal pour les Télécommunications Aéronautiques (LTST)
  118. (French)Page d'accueil
  119. (French)Page principale
  120. (French)Partenariat stratégique ÉNAC-ONÉRA dans le domaine de la recherche
  121. (French)L’ENAC et l’ONERA mettent leurs compétences en commun afin de promouvoir une recherche d’excellence et apporter des solutions à des clients français et étrangers
  122. (French)Newsletter ENAC - n°98 / Novembre 2011
  123. (French)Émile ALLEGRET
  124. (French)Emile Allegret
  125. (French)Les bons vœux de Gérard Feldzer
  126. (French)Gérard Feldzer
  127. (French)Le Bourget : Une femme succède à Gérard Feldzer au musée de l’Air
  128. (French)Tout Concorde
  129. (French)Béatrice VIALLE
  130. (French)Plus de 100 femmes pilotes au Bourget ce week-end
  132. (French)Michel Bernard va piloter l'ANPELe successeur de Michel Bon a fait sa carrière dans l'aéronautique.
  133. (French)Michel Bernard, PDG d'Air Inter: ""Nous allons nous ouvrir sur l'international""
  134. British Airways grounds Concorde fleet
  135. (French)Le directeur du BEA, Paul-Louis Arslanian, partira à la retraite en octobre
  136. (French)Le BEA regrette de ne pas être associé aux autopsies, les recherches avancent
  137. (French)Décret du 9 avril 2009 portant nomination d'un ambassadeur, représentant permanent de la France auprès du conseil de l'Organisation de l'aviation civile internationale à Montréal - M. Wachenheim (Michel)
  139. GDF board biography
  140. (French)Jean-Charles Corbet, l'ancien patron d'Air Lib à la barre
  141. (French)Débarquement surprise du patron d'Air France-KLM
  142. (French)Aviation Civile magazine, May 2007, 60 ans de contrôle aérien "en-route", page 19 [1]
  143. (French)J'ai changé d'avis
  144. (French)Hamza Ottmani présente son récit
  145. (French)Conférences, colloques, lectures
  147. Jean ROBIEUX's profile
  148. (French)Gérard Desbois
  149. (French)L’équipe des essais en vol de l’A380 récompensée par la grande médaille de l'Aéro-Club de France
  151. (French)ISBN 2-7238-0373-2
  152. (French)Book 50 ans d'ENAC page 314
  153. (French)Indiscrétion : Aéris recapitalisée pour de nouveaux projets
  154. (French)Le volcan islandais surveillé à Toulouse
  155. (French) ISBN 2-85428-415-1
  156. (French) ISBN 2-85428-983-8
  157. (French)ISBN 2-7238-0349-X
  158. (French)Initiation à l'aéronautique


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  • Académie nationale de l'air et de l'espace and Lucien Robineau, Les français du ciel, dictionnaire historique, June 2005, 782 p. (ISBN 2-7491-0415-7), p. 626, « Les écoles d'ingénieurs aéronautiques »
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  • [PDF] Agence d'évaluation de la recherche et de l'enseignement supérieur, « Rapport d'évaluation de l'École nationale de l'aviation civile », September 2010
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