Jean Paul Troadec

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 career’s achievements.

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 Islands.