FSI adding Hawker 750 sim at F’boro Airport
FlightSafety International (FSI) plans to build a Hawker 750 simulator for installation at its UK training center at Farnborough Airport an hour southwest of London. In addition, FSI (Booth No. 220) will offer Gulfstream G450 and G550 training programs there using an interchangeable level-D simulator planned for operation starting in late 2009.
The Hawker 750 electric-motion and control-loading (EM&CL)-equipped sim, the second FSI will install worldwide, will feature the company’s Vital X visual system and is scheduled to enter service in next year’s third quarter. Vital X features high-resolution imagery and represents environmental conditions encountered in all phases of flight.
FSI said that more than 80 EM&CL-equipped simulators are in production or service. The technology is used on 19 FSI aircraft simulators, and is said to offer enhanced performance and increased availability with reduced maintenance requirements and increased reliability.
Compared with established hydraulic-motion equipment, the use of electricity produces less heat and lower noise, and can reduce power requirements by up to 85 percent, according to FSI. Safety is enhanced because risks related to the use of hydraulic fluids are eliminated.
The G450/G550 interchangeable simulator to be introduced at Farnborough will supplement other Gulfstream training available at four U.S. FSI learning centers. The new machine will be the company’s 24th Gulfstream simulator, including four other G450 and G550 sims.
The center also offers FSI’s Matrix customer-training system, comprising a desktop simulator, integrated courseware, graphical flightdeck simulator and SimVu debriefing system.
Recent simulators introduced at Farnborough include equipment covering training for the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400, Cessna Citation Mustang, ProLine 21-equipped Hawker 800XP and Sikorsky S-92. These followed the introduction of units devoted to Citation Excel and Honeywell-equipped Hawker 800XPs that were added last year, after previous installation of Citation Bravo, CJ2, Gulfstream IV, Hawker 400XP, and Beech King Air 200 and Model 1900D simulators.
The center, which opened in 2005, provides almost 60 interactive classrooms and pilot briefing rooms and is planned to offer resources sufficient to train 3,800 pilots and technicians a year, according to FSI.