CAE (Hall 3 C60) and Mitsui (Hall 4 F169) announced that they plan to establish a joint-venture training center in Japan for the new Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ).
Six Aeroflot flight instructors have qualified in the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) after undergoing 40 days of training at the manufacturer’s Zhukovsky base near Moscow. These pilots will be flying the Russian carrier’s first SSJ100 to enter revenue service, with initial passenger flights expected later this summer.
Russia-based operator UTair last week received a certificate of conformity to Eurocopter training standards, thus becoming the first Eurocopter training center in which the manufacturer is not a shareholder. UTair is now approved for type-rating training of pilots and mechanics on AS350 and AS355 Squirrel light helicopters under Eurocopter programs.
After a year best described as challenging, flight-training provider FlightSafety International has seen an uptick in business since January and is adding another training site to its worldwide network, as well as several new training platforms at some of its locations. “We are seeing a little bit of life here in the first quarter,” said Eric Hinson, the company’s executive vice president.
Gulfstream Aerospace has opened an in-flight support center as part of its customer support call center. The call center, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, handles an average of 60,000 calls per month.
Flyit Simulators of Carlsbad, Calif., (Static No. 9) delivered two helicopter simulators to customers at Heli-Expo on Sunday.
American Eurocopter (AEC) has received FAA Level B and night-vision goggle (NVG) training certification for its AS350 full flight simulator in Grand Prairie, Texas. And yesterday, AEC announced that it signed a simulator training contract with the Texas Department of Public Safety, covering dry lease of the AS350 simulator. This will allow the department’s instructors to train DPS pilots.
In the “near future,” FlightSafety (Booth No. 5106) will be adding Pratt & Whitney Canada turboshaft engine training to centers in Curitiba, Brazil; Johannesburg, South Africa; Melbourne, Australia; and Beijing, China. The company currently offers training for the PT6B, PT6C, PT6T and PW206/207 at centers in Dallas/Fort Worth, Wichita, West Palm Beach, Montreal, Toronto, Paris Le Bourget and Singapore.
If there is a symbol of success, Matt Jennings’ smile was it yesterday as he presented a briefing at Heli-Expo 2011on the Royal Aeronautical Society’s successful development of new criteria for the classification of civil helicopter flight simulation training devices (FSTDs) and announced that it is now in the hands of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).