Electric Motion Sim Gets FAA Level-D Approval
FlightSafety International achieved a first recently when it put a Citation Sovereign simulator into service at its Orlando Learning Center. It is the first device with electric motion and control loading approved by the FAA as level-D. While the Sovereign is the first to achieve level-D certification, FSI has designed, manufactured and delivered 36 other electric motion and control loading simulators to date, primarily for military aircraft. FlightSafety said electric motion and control loading produce less heat, have lower levels of ambient noise and are safer than components powered by hydraulic fluid. The cost saving advantages include a reduction of approximately 60 percent in electricity consumption and the elimination of hydraulic pump houses and hose trenches.