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More than 30 years of experience in aviation training.

ICARE was created in Morlaix, Brittany, in 1991 to provide training for the pilots, cabin crew and maintenance engineer  of its parent airline BRIT AIR.

The training center immediately invested in its first ATR 42/72 Flight Simulator.

Having anticipated the forthcoming European aviation regulations, it became one of the first french ATO (Approved Training Organisation) approved aviation training centers.

Key milestones in ICARE’s development include :

  • Around 2000 BC : Icarus, the first airman of humanity, suffers aviation’s first fatal crash due to non-existent regulation, poor risk management, over confidence and lack of training
  • 1991 : Incorporation of ICARE as a fully owned subsidiary of Brit Air airline, and acquisition of a first Flight Simulator ATR 42/72
  • 2001 : Acquisition of a second Flight Simulator Bombardier CRJ100/200 & 700
  • 2003 : Accreditation as one of France’s first IATA centers and as Part 147 center for maintenance engineers training
  • 2006: Upgrade of ATR 42/72 simulator to 42-500 standard; World first 3-year certification for operation of the CRJ200/700 flight simulator
  • 2009 : Acquisition of a third Flight Simulator Bombardier CRJ700/1000
  • 2012 : Recognition as one of french first AIRCREW-compliant Approved Training Organisation (ATO)
  • 2014 : Opening of secondary training facility at Air France’s Paris Orly
  • 2016 : Award of first housing and maintenance by Flight Safety International for the housing and operation of an Embraer ERJ145 Full Flight Simulator
  • 2017 : Delivery of first Virtual Reality Learning Solution to KLM
  • 2020 : Continuation of activity at service of customers throughout Covid 19 crisis
  • 2022 : Management Buy-Out and rebranding as ICARE, Aviation Training Boutique


Nota : From 2014 to 2022, ICARE has been doing business as “Hop! Training by Icare”. Since October 2022, the company is no longer affiliated neither with Hop! nor with Air France-KLM Group.