With service entry for its new AW189 and AW169 models looming large over the next couple of years, AgustaWestland is scrambling to ensure that operators can get their flight crew type rated in good time. At its main training academy in Sesto Calende, Italy, a major extension is under construction to house no fewer than nine full-flight simulators and six training devices for the new aircraft.
According to a recent report by Boeing, the Middle East will need more than 37,000 pilots to fly the aircraft due to be delivered there over the next 20 years. But the region faces a serious lack of adequate training facilities. “Pilot requirements for the Gulf region will grow at a faster rate than local pilots can be trained,” concluded Boeing in its latest pilot and technician forecast.
First there was flight operational quality assurance (FOQA), which analyzes flight data to improve pilot performance, and now there is SOQA, which compares simulator-derived data with FOQA data.
FlightSafety International (FSI) announced a variety of new offerings aimed at enhancing its ability to train customers in current and forthcoming aircraft. For example, it is designing and manufacturing 14 Level D-qualified simulators that will be installed in its learning centers in 2012 and 2013. Next year, moreover, it will add training locations for Gulfstream’s G450 and G550 in Dallas and Hong Kong.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and SimCom Training Centers have signed a new ten-year deal. Under the agreement, SimCom will continue to provide simulator training for Mitsubishi’s MU-2 twin-engine turboprop for the next decade.
For pilots who need a Citation type rating, Carlsbad, Calif.-based Loft offers an alternative to the big three simulator training companies (FlightSafety International, SimCom and SimuFlite).
SimCom Training Centers closed a deal to acquire 14 simulators and training programs from FlightSafety International on August 17. With this addition, Orlando, Fla.-based SimCom will operate 59 flight simulators at its five U.S. training centers.
SimCom Training Centers closed the deal to acquire 14 simulators and training programs from FlightSafety International yesterday. With this addition, Orlando, Fla.-based SimCom will operate 59 flight simulators at its five U.S. training centers.
“SimCom Training Centers confirms it is in discussion with FlightSafety International regarding the transition of some FlightSafety training programs to SimCom,” a SimCom spokeswoman told AIN yesterday. “When finalized, the deal will include 14 simulators, ranging in sophistication from advanced flight training devices for the piston-powered models to full-motion simulators for the turboprops.
CAE Flight Training (India) and InterGlobe Enterprises of India are forming a joint-venture training center to provide pilot and maintenance training in India. Located in the National Capital Region, Delhi, India, it is slated to begin operations by the end of next year. It is the fifth CAE facility in the country. CAE currently trains more than 1,500 crewmembers every year at its training center in Bengaluru.