Former Director - French BEA
Jean-Paul Troadec is the former director of the Bureau
d’enquêtes et d’analyses (BEA), the French aviation safety investigation
authority. It is under his leadership that the AF447 wreckage has been located
and recovered after two years of extensive underwater searches. The publication
of the investigation report by the BEA in July 2012 put an end to one of the
main recent aviation mysteries.
Jean-Paul Troadec is graduate from the Ecole
polytechnique and from the Ecole nationale de l’aviation civile. He has an
experience of 2000 flight hours on light aircraft and turbo propellers as IFR
rated pilot. During his military duty, he has been embarked as navy officer.
During his 42 years long career he has been in charge,
amongst others, of a major airline pilot school and of the operations of the French
air navigation service provider. He has also been director general of the
French railway safety authority.
Jean-Paul Troadec is married, has 3 children and one
grandson. He has been distinguished as Officier de la Légion d’honneur for his
His activities are now focused on taking care of his
family while maintaining some professional activity in the field of aviation.
During summer, he continues to sail off the coasts of Brittany and British