Avion Group appoints Erik Varwijk as new CEO

April 30, 2019 – Avion Group, the Dutch based manufacturer of civil flight simulators and operator of flight training centers has appointed Erik Varwijk as new CEO. Varwijk will focus on bringing global growth to the company.
Erik Varwijk brings many years of airline experience, having worked as Managing Director and member of the Managing Board of KLM, member of the Air France KLM Group Executive Committee and EVP Commercial at Virgin Atlantic. Erik Varwijk said: “Avion Group has launched the state-of-the-art Airbus Phantom 320 Full Flight Simulator and I look forward to bringing cost efficient and effective pilot training to the doorsteps of our customers.” Erik Varwijk succeeds Bart Slager, who has decided to pursue his career outside Avion Group. Also, Barry Miedema has been appointed as advisor to the Group. Barry Miedema is Captain on the Boeing 737 for KLM and has been Vice President Crew training and HoT for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Erik Varwijk - CEO of Avion Group​​​​​​​
Erik Varwijk, CEO of Avion Group

Next phase
Remco van den Heuvel, Managing Partner of Private Equity firm 5square and priority shareholder of Avion Group comments: “Bart Slager did an excellent job at ensuring the successful launch of the Airbus Phantom 320 simulator and we are grateful for his contribution over the past years. We trust Erik Varwijk to be the right person to lead Avion Group into the next phase of becoming a successful actor in the training market for civil aviation.”
About Avion
Avion Group serves an international customer base with simulation products and pilot training. The company activities include professional flight training and the building and operation of flight simulators and simulator centers globally.

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