Northrop Rice USA completed a five-year contract developing the Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT), with a handover ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in late March. The 1,000-student aviation technology institute is located near the international airport outside Kuala Lumpur.
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CAE SimuFlite is set to begin offering Citation X technical training by this fall. Initial training duration is 10 days, while the recurrent program lasts five days. The company’s Citation X level-D-qualified flight simulator allows hands-on operations during training, including engine run-up, taxi and systems operation.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is strongly urging the FAA to require all air carrier, commuter and on-demand operators to have and implement FAA-approved mechanical training programs.
Over the last seven years, U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group has contributed more than $2.5 million to help pay annual training costs of Bell, Eurocopter and MD Helicopter operators who participate in the USAIG preferred policyholder program.
Last month, Boeing-owned Alteon Training (formerly FlightSafety Boeing) announced the opening of its new $75 million training facility at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The six-acre center includes two full-motion, FAA level-D simulators for Boeing’s 717-200 and one for its 737-700/800–the latter compatible with the Boeing Business Jet.
Oakland, Calif.-based Sierra Academy of Aeronautics, formerly an independently owned and operated fixed-wing, helicopter and maintenance training school that closed its doors in December, has reopened on a much smaller scale by its new owners. KS Aviation, a flight school in Stockton, Calif., acquired 38-year-old Sierra Academy and reopened the school for fixed-wing ab initio through ATP training.
Profits soared last year at Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, though not all of the company’s divisions did well. In his annual letter to shareholders released last month, the investment mogul summarized the reduced performance of FlightSafety International and NetJets– the two largest companies in their respective fields of simulator training and fractional ownership.
PrestoSim, a Grapevine, Texas, privately held Part 142 school, recently received FAA approval to provide simulator-based upgrade, initial, transition and type-rating training for the Cessna Citation Ultra and Encore equipped with the Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics suite. The company in November received FAA approval for its Primus-
equipped Citation Bravo simulator courses.
A recent indicator of the business climate malaise that California’s new governor has vowed to reverse is the move of flight simulator facility operator SimPro USA from Los Angeles to the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson.
FlightSafety International (FSI) is expanding its training options, offering a Web-based eLearning system that also provides a learning management system (LMS) for training tracking, monitoring and testing.