Pilots and flight attendants can now learn how to deal with fire and smoke in aircraft using a new training rig installed by TAG Global Training at the group’s London-area Farnborough Airport. The device represents a business jet cabin, including galley and lavatory, and can start controlled fires in a seat, the in-flight entertainment unit, the toilet or the microwave oven. The automated system, with pre-set training options, can also fill the cabin with realistic-looking smoke.
The rig, developed by Minerva Simulation Facilities, gives crew opportunities to practice procedures for donning personal breathing equipment and extinguishing fires quickly. They can also practice how to help passengers in a smoke-filled cabin.
TAG Global Training was initially created to train the aircraft management and charter group’s own crew but it now provides training to approximately 70 other operators each year and some 4,000 crewmembers. Its Farnborough facility also has an over-wing exit trainer and a door exit trainer. The company offers an EASA-accredited course for cabin crew, and pilots can take the safety classes as part of their annual recurrent training.
TAG also offers crew resource management, first aid, survival training and guidance for seasonal weather operations.