MedAire, the Phoenix-based company that provides medical training and emergency medical assistance, is the newest supplier to join Jet Fleet International (JFI). Under the arrangement, MedAire will offer discounts to business aviation members of JFI.
FlightSafety International’s business aviation learning center at Farnborough Airport in the UK is expected to open next January. The 80,000-sq-ft facility will house up to 15 full-motion flight simulators, with initial units expected to cover the Gulfstream IV; Citation CJ1/CJ2, Ultra, Bravo and Excel; and Hawker 800XP.
A discount program for products and services for business aviation operators got off the ground quietly late last year. Called Jet Fleet International (JFI), the program was founded by two well known aviators–airshow and test pilot Bob Hoover and Gene Cernan, commander of the Apollo 17 mission and the last man to walk on the moon.
SimuFlite has started maintenance training on the Dassault Falcon 7X. The company conducted the first initial maintenance training course late last year at CAE SimuFlite in Dallas ahead of aircraft certification and entry into service. CAE also offers the Falcon 7X maintenance training at its new training centers in Morristown, N.J., and in Burgess Hill, near London Gatwick Airport.
CAE has opened a new four-simulator expansion of its flight-training center at Burgess Hill in the UK. The facility will provide training for Dassault’s new Falcon 7X, as well as for the 900EX and 2000EX EASy models.
CAE’s training facility in Morristown, N.J. is now open for limited use, according to the flight simulator manufacturer and training provider. The new business aviation training center has been in operation since the end of January, using Gulfstream IV and Sikorsky S-76 simulators transferred from its Dallas facility. The six-bay training center is expected to be fully operational this spring.
While small piston helicopters continue to dominate the initial training scene with their relatively simple designs and low cost of operation, pilots seeking recurrent or advanced training in larger and more expensive turbine helicopters are more likely than ever to be flying a simulator instead of the real thing, according to industry experts.
Montreal-based simulator manufacturer and training organization CAE announced a restructuring plan, including several hundred layoffs, to take effect April 1. The move is aimed at restoring the company’s profitability. The company told AIN that its SimuFlite unit is “doing well” and is not affected by the reorganization.
It is surprising how many different vendors exist in the flight department training arena–companies that offer diverse, high-quality programs unknown to the majority of corporate flight department managers.
In the single largest training agreement in its history, Dallas-based CAE SimuFlite will soon start training all 900-plus pilots of Flight Options, the second-largest fractional aircraft ownership operation in the world. The exclusive three-year agreement, with an option for two more years, is valued at about $28 million and is effective starting this month.