Flight training provider CAE has expanded its network of instruction centers to 42 with the acquisition of Oxford Aviation Academy. Through the $309 million purchase, the Canadian company adds seven civil aviation training centers in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the UK and Hong Kong, in the process gaining 40 full-flight and 27 cabin-crew simulators. CAE also gains four ab initio flight academies in the U.S., UK Australia and Hong Kong equipped with 88 airplanes. Over the past 50 years, Oxford’s academies have trained more than 26,000 pilots.
Simulation technology and flight training provider CAE (Stand 468) will set up its first Asian business aviation facility in Shanghai, China later this year. The Canada-based group, which is celebrating 65 years of business in 2012, will then have eight training centers around the world.
CAE’s Dassault Falcon 7X, 900EX/EASy and 2000EX/EASy flight simulators in the U.S., UK and UAE are all now equipped with smoke-generation capability, “providing a highly realistic pilot training experience for cockpit smoke emergencies.” The smoke-generation simulation is used during initial training in conjunction with crew oxygen masks and smoke goggles, which enable the pilots to see flight instruments as well as outside the cockpit for landing despite a smoke-filled cockpit. In addition, CAE provides training for the Dassault Emergency Vision Assurance System (Evas).
Last October, a post on the International Association of Flight Training Professionals (IAFTP) website launched a discussion about training for business aviation pilots. The writer, an IAFTP member from Europe, worries that “the world’s aviation training community is focusing on air carrier training issues and ignoring the unique training needs of the global corporate and business aircraft community.” The question posed to fellow IAFTP members was, “What training initiatives exist or are being developed for us?”
Loss of control in flight is now the biggest cause of commercial aviation fatalities, so what can be done to teach pilots how not to lose control? Two 2009 accidents involved stalls–Colgan Air 3407 and Air France 447–yet stalls are an elementary maneuver taught early in pilot training. If stalls are such a big problem, could training later in a pilot’s career using simulators better prepare pilots to get out of a stall or impending stall?
For flight academies training the next crop of Chinese pilots, a flight simulator or training device can make the training process much more efficient and effective. Simulator manufacturer Frasca International is here at ABACE 2012 (Booth H509) to promote simulators and flight-training devices for flight-training organizations, and to add to the more than 20 Frasca devices already in use in China. The next five to 10 years will see rapid growth of aviation in China, said Niu Tao, Frasca’s chief representative for China. Tao is based in Frasca’s office in Beijing.
FlightSafety International (FSI) has opened its new Hong Kong Learning Center, which initially will be based around a Gulfstream G450/G550 flight simulator. The U.S.-based training group held an opening ceremony there on Tuesday.
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, a major extension is under construction to house no fewer than nine full-flight simulators and six training devices for the new aircraft.
The U.S. Army has extended its contract with Rockwell Collins for additional Transportable Black Hawk [helicopter] Operations Simulators (T-BOS) to meet a growing need for bringing training to where soldiers are operating.
The $35 million extension calls for deliveries through 2015. LeAnn Ridgeway, Rockwell Collins v-p and general manager for simulation and training, said, “T-BOS’s mobile nature saves time and resources by taking training to pilots in the field. It is the only U.S. Army-accredited flight training device for the UH-60M aircraft.”
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.