Bombardier has contracted with Aerosim-Mechtronix to provide flight management system (FMS) training software for its CRJ200, -700 and -900 family of regional jets. The deal will allow the airframer to use the software throughout its training organization, including at customer sites and eventually over the Internet for distance learning.
Separately, the University of North Dakota has selected the U.S.-Canadian joint venture’s Ascent flight trainer for its regional jet training program. The initial order, placed by the UND Aerospace Foundation and the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, is for a Bombardier CRJ unit that will be approved as an FAA level-6 flight-training device. Delivery to the university’s Grand Forks facility should happen by year-end.
UND students are already using Aerosim-Mechtronix’s Web-based training for the CRJ200 FMS. From March 2004 they will also have access to the Web browser version of the company’s CRJ200 Virtual Flight Deck for all systems training.
In September, Honeywell enlisted Aerosim to jointly develop and market PC-based training tools for its Primus Epic integrated avionics systems for regional and business aircraft. Aerosim will integrate Primus Epic FMS and graphical display software into its existing FMS Trainer and Virtual Flight Deck products. It will also develop a new version of Honeywell’s existing FMS training software.