29 March 2019

Britten-Norman operates an EASA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) for the Islander and Defender aircraft, offering BN2T Type Conversion training under this approval.        


The aircraft manufacturer is delighted to be providing these services to pilots of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) in a three-year-long contract, which it was recently awarded after entering a competitive tender process. In the first two quarters of 2019, pilots are undertaking initial Type Rating training on the Defender, a militarised variant of the Rolls Royce B250C powered BN2T turboprop Islander, involving a comprehensive ground school followed by flight instruction and examination. This is to be delivered in three separate phases by Britten-Norman’s Head of Training, Captain V. Jones and Head of the Groundschool, Theoretical Knowledge InstructorMrM. Hynett. This training will be delivered at the same time as recurrent training for some of the unit’s more experienced pilots. Further training will be delivered to AFM in 2020 and 2021.


Training on the Islander and Defender is part of a suite of air, ground and technical courses available from Britten-Norman, delivered under its EASA Part ATO and Part 147 approvals. As a representative of the OEM, the company also offers a range of exclusive, tailored courses that can be delivered in the UK, Malta or internationally at customer premises. Further information on course availability is available via the company’s website or by contacting



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About Britten-Norman 

Britten-Norman, the UK’s only civil A2 approved aircraft manufacturer, has been designing and building aircraft for over 60 years. Models include the famous Islander and Trislander commuter variants and the latest Manned Airborne Surveillance/ISTAR platform, the Defender 4000. 

The Company’s capabilities include subcomponent manufacturing, mission systems integration, test and trials, maintenance, repair and overhaul, aviation training and global customer support. Britten-Norman is backed by approvals from CAA (A8-21), EASA (21J/G, 145, 147, ATO & Part M), and the UK MoD (DAOS, MAOS & CFAOS). 

About the Islander

The Islander is one of the world’s most successful and enduring aircraft designs. The aircraft’s international acclaim is attributed to its exemplary proven performance as a high capacity, multi-role, high frequency, rough terrain, short take off and landing workhorse.

The aircraft’s ability to operate in some of the world’s harshest environments has given the Islander an outstanding reputation for superior performance, twin engine safety and high operating reliability. All this is delivered with exceptionally low through-life and direct operating costs, making the Islander the aircraft of choice for operators and the backbone of communities across the world.

Executive, commuter, freight and special mission fit options (including air ambulance, parachuting, crop spraying and aerial survey) are all readily available as standard. This is possible from a single or dual pilot operation aircraft.

With its durable design, choice of dependable engines and advanced cockpit avionics, the Islander affords maximum proven versatility and ease of operation, even in the most remote and hostile locations.


For further information please contact: 

Fenna Maynard 

PR Coordinator - Britten-Norman

Tel: +44 20 3317 4000 / +44 79 7000 1047


Sean Feast

Director - Gravity London

Tel: +44 20 7330 8810


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