You might not be familiar with the name Mechtronix Systems, but representatives from the Montreal company nonetheless predict you may soon find yourself strapping into one of their full-flight simulators for recurrent or transition training–and saving a significant amount of money in the process.
FlightSafety International (FSI) officially opened its new Farnborough Learning Center in the UK on September 14. The 92,000-sq-ft facility has already received its first 50 pilots and is equipped with five of the 14 simulators it will eventually house.
With two major players in the field of simulator training for business aviation, competition for a larger share of the market is a constant, and innovation has driven both CAE SimuFlite and FlightSafety International to seek the advantage by continually upgrading and improving their respective curricula and systems.
FlightSafety International has added a new program to its simulator training courses. Called Runway Judgment Training, the program explores runway incursion accident prevention and assists flight crews in developing procedures that address the risks. Simulator instructors can create hazardous operating conditions on runways at specific airports.
The restructuring program that Quebec-based CAE has adopted to improve its financial position will not affect SimuFlite, Andrew Arnovitz, director of investor relations for CAE, told AIN. He emphasized, “SimuFlite accounts for about 50 percent of our overall CAE training revenues. The restructuring will in no way affect our SimuFlite customers.”
Eclipse Aviation selected Opinicus of Clearwater, Fla., to be the exclusive supplier of flight-training devices and simulators for the Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ). The first Eclipse 500 simulator is scheduled to be delivered to Eclipse training partner United Airlines Flight Training Center in Denver early next year, coinciding with the expected FAA certification of the VLJ.
FlightSafety International is demonstrating its new mobile graphical flight simulator LNV, a full-flight device that is software-configurable to any helicopter or fixed-wing model, at Heli-Expo’06 Booth No. 1699C.
Air Alpha A/S of Odense, Denmark, is awaiting delivery of a full-motion Bell 222 flight simulator built by Fidelity Flight Simulation of Pittsburgh. The simulator features Fidelity’s six-degree, all-electric motion base, an enhanced LCD mosaic wall external visual display and full type replication of the Bell 222 helicopter.
Operators are struggling to book time in flight simulators for certain types of business aircraft, according to Steve Fisher, director of corporate aviation with Shell Aircraft International. Fisher told the European Business Aviation Association regional forum on September 13 that some manufacturers aren’t ensuring that there is sufficient simulator capacity to meet training needs that are increasingly relying on full-flight devices.
AirCare’s Facts safety training company is now basing a mobile emergency procedures cockpit/cabin simulator at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The simulator can be scheduled for on-site training at flight departments throughout the Southeast.