A partnership between FlightSafety International (FSI) and Gulfstream has created two new science-based flight crew training courses. One focuses on rejected takeoffs, while the second course reviews the physics of energy management during the aircraft descent. A third new training option uses a custom methodology to present critical aircraft procedures and tasks according to the phase of flight rather than the traditional class that introduces everything tied to a particular aircraft system.
A combination of growth from new business aviation markets such as the Middle East and Asia and recovery in the more mature markets of Europe and North America has inspired flight-training provider CAE to triple investments in facilities. Half of all investment is going into new simulators. The group has been adding these at a rate of two to four each year and expects to install another 25 new units at its worldwide locations over the next five years.
The parent company of Bell Helicopter has formed TRU Simulation + Training to provide pilot and flight crew training to the military and commercial markets. TRU was formed by combining two recent Textron acquisitions–Mechtronix, located in Montreal, Quebec, and Opinicus, located in Lutz, Fla.—with a portion of Textron Systems unit AAI Logistics of Goose Creek, S.C. Annual revenue for the new business is expected to exceed $100 million. TRU CEO James Takats said the unit will help Textron become “a major force” in the rapidly growing training and simulation business.
Pilots who want to practice using FltPlan’s new FltPlanGo moving-map and charts app can do so using Laminar Research’s X-Plane flight-simulator program. FltPlanGo running on Apple iPads can show simulated own-ship position, and pilots can fly X-Plane while using FltPlanGo just as they would in a real aircraft. “It’s important for pilots who don’t fly often or those who have been away from flying to practice workflows and procedures,” said Sarah Wilson, principal/director of new technologies at FltPlan.
FlightSafety International will host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference from September 15 to 18 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa, Okla. More than 300 flight simulation experts will identify technical solutions to engineering and maintenance issues, resulting in immediate and long-term savings for simulator users.
FlightSafety International will build a new learning center in Columbus, Ohio, replacing the current facility there that dates back to 1999, the company announced today. Construction of the new facility will be completed in two phases, it said.
Phase one, scheduled for completion in December, will include a 55,000-sq-ft facility to house six full-motion flight simulators, 13 pilot and maintenance training classrooms, 12 briefing and debriefing rooms and 12 graphical flight-deck simulators.
Illinois-based aircraft training device manufacturer Frasca International, Inc. (Booth H304) announced here at ABACE 2014 it has just completed factory acceptance by the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) of a Citation CJ1+ Level D full flight simulator (FFS) purchased by Nanshan Flight Academy in Shandong.
“Factory acceptance per CAAC guidelines is like certifying an airplane,” said Niu Tao, Frasca’s Beijing-based Chief Representative in China. “The requirements for the simulator are very stringent.”
Early next year, FlightSafety International will provide Embraer Legacy 650 training at its learning center at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The factory-authorized program will include initial, recurrent and update training for pilots, maintenance technicians and flight attendants who operate and support the Brazilian-built twinjet. The program will feature a FlightSafety-built level-D-qualified full-motion flight simulator.
Business aviation continues to grow in China and the rest of the Asia region, and the demand for pilots and technicians is stronger than ever. With a generally accepted ratio of five qualified pilots required for each business jet in service, supplying training for those pilots–and the technicians who will service the aircraft–remains one of the industry’s more profound challenges.
Simulator training provider ProFlight received FAA approval for its online CitationJet ground-school program for pilots in recurrency training for the Citation 525 and 525S. The ProFlight CitationJet Learning Management System (LMS) is interactive and students can not only view animations of systems but also manipulate switches and controls to see how they affect the systems.