It was founded in 1949 in Paris-Orly, and moved to Toulouse in 1968. It merged with the SEFA (Service d’Exploitation de la FormationAéronautique) on January 1, 2011. The « Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile » (ENAC) is a unique example : it is the only aviation-oriented university in France offering a wide and complete panel of aeronautics-oriented training programmes and activities, serving the aeronautical world, and particularly the air transport sector.
The ENAC university is made up of :
- 2,000 students in 25 various training courses : engineer, air transport pilot, air controller, etc.,
- 7,500 trainees each year in 400 continuing education programmes or advanced training courses,
- 10 research labs,
- International activities : ENAC welcomes hundreds of international students and trainees from the 5 continents each year,
- A education team having an exceptional amount of professional skills and know-how,
- High level training material associated with its multidisciplinary activities : ATC simulators, flight simulators, 135 aircrafts, laboratories for electronics, data processing, aerodynamics, languages, etc…
Through all these activities, the ENAC university is committed to meeting the requirements of the aeronautical field, in which both private and public actors are involved, either in France or abroad.
In more than 60 years, with 20,000 alumni, ENAC has acquired recognition, in France and abroad, of all the partners belonging to the wide range of its activities.
Today, thanks to the acknowledged skills of its teachers, searchers, students, trainees and its whole staff, the ENAC university is looking to strengthen its influence throughout the world, being always committed in its field of excellence : aeronautics.
The UAV Program of ENAC has developed a concrete experience in RPAS. Developing RPAS involves research into many fields, including communications, navigation, surveillance systems, simulation, optimization, air transport, system engineering and also civil aviation regulation. The Paparazzi autopilot system designed ‘in-house’ (http://paparazzi.enac.fr ) has provided an opportunity to operate RPAS of different airframes and for a variety of applications. It is an OpenSource hardware and software project (GPL V2) and it gives a good opportunity for collaborations with ENAC and foreign labs.
The ENAC team has been actively involved in the development of Civilian RPAS applications and, with the French regulator in the regulatory aspects for RPAS integration in the airspace.