The Amaury de la Grange Aeronautics Institute was founded by André Ramondo, Air France pilot in command, under the aegis of Louis Couhé with the purpose of encouraging young people to pursue careers in the aeronautics sector. The IAAG held preparatory courses for trainees taking "A" stream competitive pilot examinations at the National Civil Aviation school. With Air France launching a pilot recruitment drive, IAAG very quickly became a flight school with famous "Stampe" biplanes and set up near the château on the aerodrome at Merville.
During the 70s, IAAG diversified by setting up the technical school to train maintenance technicians. IAAG had aeroplanes specifically intended for training mechanics, firstly a Vickers Viscount and a Boeing 707, then a Caravelle III from Air France.
The increasing need for pilots led the three main French airlines, Air France Air Inter and UTA, to set up a joint venture with IAAG, the Amaury de la Grange flight school (EPAG), and to provide it with significant resources so that it developed around ab initio pilot training then conversion training for flight mechanics.
IAAG took over Air France's holding in EPAG and became main shareholder in the flight school. At the end of the 90s, IAAG and EPAG together were awarded the "cadets Air France" competitive examination training, for which it had trained almost all of the graduates up to that point.
IAAG became the number one training centre still in business to obtain the JAR 147 accreditation for training maintenance mechanics. This accreditation, since renamed "part 147", gives students European and international recognition of their skills.
Amaury de la Grange has also trained a large number of students who have gone on to work for foreign airlines and governments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa. This is where there has been a recent diversification, developing teaching in English, for mechanics and for pilots, both to improve the English language proficiency of our French-speaking students and to win new markets: thus since mid-2009, EPAG has been training Chinese student pilots with dual approval of the French and Chinese civil aviation authorities.
Amaury de la Grange Aeronautics Institute (IAAG) joined Groupe Gift, involved in higher education since its foundation in 1993, in order to strengthen its professional aeronautics training division. The Groupe Gift's activities focus on technical and professional education in both initial training and sandwich courses all over France (currently 2,500 students training) in rapidly growing professions where the students' jobs are always guaranteed at the end of their studies :