FlightSafety International (FSI) has added two companies to its Extended Advantage program, which provides FlightSafety customers with special access and pricing for partner company products. The new companies are Aeronautical Data Systems (ADS), which makes a bundle of oxygen- and fuel-management programs, and ForeFlight, developer of the ForeFlight Mobile iPad app.
Precisely where the newest digital media can and should converge with the flight simulation technology used to deliver aviation training content will be the primary topic of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s November 20th flight simulation conference in London. David Coplin, chief envisioning officer for Microsoft UK, will deliver the keynote address.
FlightSafety Services Corporation (Booth No. N1921) has promoted Gen. Ron Ladnier (USAF, retired.) to vice president, replacing Mike Sangster, who retires from the position at the end of 2013.
In his new position Ladnier will oversee company finances, contracts, human resources and operations. He has been with FlightSafety since 2011 as director, Military Business Development, where he identified and provided training solutions.
Ladnier came to FlightSafety from the U.S. Air Force, where he reached the rank of Major General, and had extensive interagency experience.
FlyRight (Booth No. C12035), a Concord, N.C.-based pilot training facility, is no longer just about pilots. At NBAA 2013 the company announced that it has signed an agreement with Global Jet Services of Simsbury, Conn. to provide FAA, EASA, TC and CASA approved King Air maintenance training at FlyRight’s Concord base. The maintenance students can now use FlyRight’s level D simulator for engine run and taxi training.
SyberJet Aircraft of San Antonio, Texas, is offering a new factory flight-training program for the SJ30 twinjet with instructors who have “thousands of hours” of experience in the aircraft, the company says.
The program is being led by Mark Elwess, chief test pilot and manager of flight operations for SyberJet, and company executive Mark Fairchild. Both have more than 1,000 hours each in the aircraft.
The training covers initial type ratings, recurrency, insurance manuals and Part 135 instruction.
Patrick Ky, the new executive director at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), is willing to take into account peculiarities of general aviation, which includes business aviation and helicopters, in future regulation. Prompted to react to the industry’s unease at often being lumped with the airline world, Ky confirmed that EASA is carrying on with its efforts, with the FAA, toward less restrictive and more performance-based certification rules, he told AIN.
SimCom Training Centers (Booth No. N4907) announced at NBAA 2013 that it is using the Cygnus tool from Redbird Flight Simulations to link any aviation or navigation app running on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to a simulator. The “location” of the aircraft being flown in the simulator is passed to the portable device as if it were in an actual aircraft.
“We believe pilots should train the way they fly,” said Eric Hanson, president of Orlando, Fla.-based SimCom. “Cygnus allows SimCom customers to use GPS-enabled tablets in the same way they do in their aircraft.”
NBAA’s convention and trade show is about networking, and no one knows how to network better than the women and men who are at the core of the non-profit Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA). Instead of holding down a booth, these generous individuals, with the support of the companies the work for, comb the halls as they work to create opportunities for those trying to break into the industry.
FlightSafety International is here at NBAA 2013 displaying the latest step forward in its quest for truly realistic flight simulation: the Vital 1100 visual system (see it at Booth No. N1921).
Dan Myers, FlightSafety’s director of marketing for visual simulation systems, told AIN that development of the Vital 1100 came about following extensive feedback from FlightSafety customers. “We were able to provide a high-end, quality product in the previous Vital system, but customers would often suggest, ‘what if you did this?’ Our engineers ran with that,” said Myers.
FlightSafety International (Booth No. N1921) is preparing to offer a new web-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) course as part of its eLearning programs.
The course will begin in November and is designed to develop pilot knowledge of the ADS-B system, review flight plan considerations, MEL requirements and human factors issues. The course will provide pilots with the necessary training to apply for FAA authorization to conduct ADS-B operations outside U.S. airspace in accordance with FAA Advisory Circular 90-114.