Dubai plans to be seat of training in Middle East

 - December 28, 2007, 7:50 AM

Training was not forgotten amid the multibillion-dollar aircraft and MRO deals various Dubai organizations signed at the Dubai Airshow in November.

Dubai World Central (DWC) Aviation City signed a land lease agreement with Spatial Aviation Safety Training Academy (Sasta) to establish the Middle East’s first independent aviation safety training academy.

Sasta will build a $37 million, 150,000-sq-ft center to provide training to the crews of airlines, private and corporate jets, helicopters and light fixed-wing aircraft. The academy will also provide customized training for airport ground staff and management.

“The center will be a significant step toward making DWC a comprehensive aviation hub and provide a vital service to the industry within the Middle East. It will no longer be necessary to send staff overseas,” said Abdulla Al Qurashi, CEO of DWC Aviation City. “We will be the hub for aviation training institutions that meet all international regulatory standards.”

According to Al Qurashi, Sasta’s programs comply with ICAO, JAR-OPS and UAE’s GCAA (General Civil Aviation Authority) standards. Its staff of 40 will operate flight simulators, a firefighting trainer, a ditching and water survival pool, and 737 and single-aisle Airbus door trainers. It is scheduled to be operational by next January.

In a separate development, ab initio training will also be available, as DAE University has chosen Aeronautical Systems Engineering (ASE) for pilot training equipment for the DAE Flight Academy (DAEFA). Under the terms of the contract, ASE will deliver training devices for integration into DAEFA’s ab initio single-engine Cirrus training program, followed by pilot training equipment to meet the academy’s multi-engine and future training needs.

ASE and DAE Flight Academy will collaboratively develop two high-fidelity flight training devices (FTD) and two advanced aviation training devices (AATD) to simulate the Cirrus SR22-G3. The AATDs will provide cockpit procedures training and the Avidyne Entegra glass cockpit avionics suite configuration of the SR22.

The FTDs will incorporate a full-motion system, wide-screen visual display and full-fidelity electric force-feel aircraft controls. They will be built in conformance with FAA Level 6 and JAR requirements, with evaluation and qualification conducted by the UAE GCAA.