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FSI gets slew of EASA sim approvals

 - May 13, 2009, 4:43 AM

Forty of FlightSafety International’s full flight simulators located at 15 learning centers in North America have been qualified under the EASA flight simulator training device catch-up process. The process was developed to qualify simulators located outside of EASA member states’ jurisdiction so they can continue to be used in the training of European-licensed flight crews under EASA regulations.

This catch-up process will enable FlightSafety (Booth No. 1543) to continue providing simulator-based training in the U.S. and Canada for European-licensed pilots in addition to the programs available at the company training centers located at the Paris Le Bourget and London/ Farnborough airports. FlightSafety has approximately 40 other Joint Aviation Authorities-qualified simulators located at training centers outside Europe that meet current EASA standards.

The 40 recently qualified simulators are used to train pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians and other aviation professionals who operate aircraft manufactured by Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft and Sikorsky.

FlightSafety’s Paris and London training centers offer training programs and simulators for a wide variety of business and regional aircraft. They provide training to more than 5,000 business aviation pilots each year.

In other news, FlightSafety announced it is offering a new aircraft electronic technicians course at its Savannah, Georgia maintenance learning center. It is accredited by the U.S. National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT).

The course is designed as a foundation for the building-block approach to avionics training and provides comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of electrical and avionics technology.

Classroom training focuses on both the theoretical and practical aspects of “theory of circuit operation” to enhance knowledge of aircraft systems and improve troubleshooting skills. All classroom training is reinforced by practical exercises using electrical/electronic trainers and introduces the practical use of test equipment such as oscilloscopes and multimeters.

The new aircraft electronic technicians course is not specific to any one aircraft type and will benefit A&P and avionics technicians who want to expand or update their skills. Successful completion of this course can help prepare technicians for aircraft electronic technician certification through NCATT testing.