Virtual reality

August 16, 2013 - 2:15pm

Implementation of a new Brazilian requirement mandating the use of level-D simulators for renewing business aircraft type ratings has been postponed until next year due to a shortage of suitable training equipment in the country. The country’s ANAC aviation authority had intended for the requirement to take effect two months ago, and the agency has been criticized by operators and pilots for being too rigid in its requirement for full-motion simulators.

August 16, 2013 - 3:00am

Implementation of a new Brazilian requirement mandating the use of level-D simulators for renewing privately operated business aircraft type ratings has had to be postponed until next year due to a shortage of suitable training equipment in the country.

August 5, 2013 - 2:15pm

A second Level 5-certified simulator for the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprop has gone into service at SimCom’s Orlando, Fla. training center.

July 30, 2013 - 3:50pm

SimCom has completed the first initial training course for the Total Eclipse using its recently qualified level-D flight simulator equipped with Avio IFMS (integrated flight management system) avionics. The course includes six days of ground school, 14 hours of brief/debrief time and 18 hours of simulator training. All systems and phases of flight are covered during initial training. Customers develop a thorough understanding of the IFMS avionics system, says SimCom, allowing them to use it to its fullest potential.

July 30, 2013 - 3:25pm
Total Eclipse sim

SimCom has completed the first initial training course for the new Total Eclipse using its recently qualified level-D flight simulator equipped with new Avio IFMS (integrated flight management system) avionics. The course includes six days of ground school, 14 hours of brief/debrief time and 18 hours of simulator training. All systems and phases of flight are covered during initial training. Customers develop a thorough understanding of the IFMS avionics system, allowing them to use it to its fullest potential in both normal and emergency situations.

July 2, 2013 - 2:50am

Eurocopter and French aerospace research center Onera are jointly investigating how augmented reality, for the senses of vision and touch, could benefit helicopter pilots in the future. The two organizations are developing an advanced flight simulator, also known as a “neuro-ergonomic” platform, initially aimed at finding ways to avoid obstacles and terrain.

June 20, 2013 - 6:50am
CAE simulator image

Nick Leontidis, a 25-year veteran at CAE, took over the reins as group president of civil simulation products, training and services on June 6 and got busy that same day, when CAE announced it had sold six full-flight simulators. Three go to Azal (Azerbaijan Airlines) and three more to Turkish Airlines. Azal bought simulators for the Embraer 190 E-Jet, and for the Sikorsky S-92 and AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. The Turkish Airlines purchases were for the Boeing 737NG, Airbus A320 and A330.

June 17, 2013 - 2:35am
Full-scale maintenance trainer in development at AgustaWestland’s facility in Sesto Calende, Italy.

AgustaWestland is in an expansive mood when it comes to civil rotorcraft training. The northern Italy-based helicopter manufacturer recently installed a new CAE-built AW139 full-flight simulator (FFS) at its primary training center in Sesto Calende and plans to add FFSs for the new AW189 and AW169 designs by 2014 and 2015, respectively. In addition, the company has recently launched courses in Switzerland and Malaysia, and anticipates future training expansion into the UK and Russia. The Middle East and South America are on its radar also.

June 16, 2013 - 3:15am
Helisim helicopter flight simulator

More than 22,500 pilots who have trained in Helisim helicopter flight simulators since the company opened in 2000 have contributed to it reaching a 100,000-hour milestone, which was celebrated by the French company just before the 2013 Paris Air Show.

June 15, 2013 - 8:30am
 Earlier this year, L-3 Link Simulation and Training was contracted by the U.S. Air Force to build a new F-16 mission training center at Spangdahelm Air Base in Germany.

L-3’s acquisition last year of UK-based Thales Training & Simulation has broadened its Link subsidiary’s capabilities and truly put it back in the civil aircraft training business. Since the announcement last year, L-3 Link Simulation & Training, an 85-year-old flight training specialist, has won significant new airliner training system business in key new markets.

 
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