With seven full-flight simulators already in place at its new Farnborough flight training center in the UK, FlightSafety International expects to have an additional four “ready for training” (RFT) units by November, with two more by next May. Late last year, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued the facility a Part 142 certificate permitting crews to complete FAA-approved training there. This allows pilots from outside the U.S.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training » Training
News about simulators and training procedures.
To address the shortage of qualified business aircraft maintenance technicians, the UK’s Glennair Training Centre is stepping up its capabilities in the provision of both mechanical and avionics courses for executive aircraft operator or service center personnel. Formed in 1980, Glennair (Booth No. 1113) employs specialist instructors who provide training at the company’s headquarters and courses at the customers’ premises.
Dassault and CAE have held the first meetings of the Falcon 7X training advisory board in Burgess Hill, UK, and Dallas, Texas. This follows the French airframer’s appointment of CAE SimuFlite in July 2004 as the exclusive training provider for pilots and technicians on the new trijet.
Electrical actuation for motion and control loading has been in use on military simulators for a while, but FlightSafety International says that its new Citation Sovereign simulator (which the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently approved to the Level D standard) is the world’s first civil full flight simulator whose motion and control loading are powered by electricity rather than hydraulics.
CAE (Booth No. 1344), which established a beachhead into business aviation simulator training by buying SimuFlite in December 2001, is bolstering its presence in Europe with the expansion of its facility in Burgess Hill, about 20 minutes south of London Gatwick Airport in southern England.
Emirates-CAE Flight Training here announced the signing of three contracts for its training center in Dubai. Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo Airlines will train its Airbus A320 pilots there (it last year ordered 100 A320s), so will oil producer Saudi Aramco for its Bell 412 helicopter pilots. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), too, has chosen the Emirates-CAE joint venture to train its Boeing 777 flight crews. PIA operates five 777s.
CAE has introduced a new training alliance intended to address the global shortage of pilots called CAE Global Academy. The alliance involves a network of flight training organizations that offer pilot candidates training for a commercial pilots license and a clear path, via the global CAE training network, for gaining a type rating and career as an airline pilot.
The Thales Formation Systems Trainer (TFST) being demonstrated here by the French group’s UK-based Thales Training & Simulation division (Hall 3 Stand C5) is part of a complete line of flight crew training equipment that embraces everything from PC-based desktop trainers to full flight simulators.
Boeing subsidiary Alteon Training has extended its agreement with Thales UK with a $30 million deal to buy three more Boeing 787 training suites, comprising full-flight simulators (FFSs), flat-panel trainers and related desktop equipment. A May 2005 contract covers provision of an initial six such suites. The FFSs will feature Thales’ EM2K electric motion system.
FlightSafety International and Cessna are making significant progress in the development of the training program for the new Mustang VLJ, scheduled to begin next January. The initial program will include two flight simulators, two avionics flight-training devices, a mentor program and distance learning.