A new full flight simulator for training on the Sukhoi SSJ100 arrived for installation at the SuperJet International (SJI) Training Center in Venice, Italy, early last month. SuperJet International said it expected installation of the L-3 Communications-made simulator to take 30 days, after which it will undergo an “extensive” phase of on-site testing. The company will then apply for final approval of the EASA STD (synthetic training device) evaluation team, allowing for the start of training, potentially this month.
The new simulator supports a similar device already in operation in Moscow, where crewmembers from launch customer Aeroflot and Armavia train. As of last October, 144 pilots, 65 cabin attendants and more than 380 technicians finished training in Venice and Moscow. The first pilots to train in Venice will come from Mexico’s Interjet, which plans to take delivery of the first of 20 SSJ100s on firm order in March.