Cessna Aircraft Company (SNF 001, 004) of Wichita and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU; NE 021-NE 025) of Daytona Beach, Fla., announced here at Sun ’n’ Fun a long-term agreement for the purchase of 57 Cessna Skyhawk 172s. Deliveries of 29 aircraft are scheduled for this year with the remaining 28 slated for delivery next year. The aircraft will replace the Cessna Skyhawks currently used in the university’s flight training program at its Daytona Beach and Prescott, Ariz. campuses.
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Aerobatic airshow ace Patty Wagstaff, who’s performing on Thursday and Saturday here at Sun ’n’ Fun 2014 in Lakeland, and Extra aircraft distributor Southeast Aero have teamed up to create the Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School in St. Augustine, Fla. (KSGJ), where both Wagstaff and the company are based. With an aerobatic box adjacent the airport’s primary runway, St. Augustine has long been a magnet for sport aviation and top aerobatic performers.
Redbird Simulations is challenging pilots and anyone who wants to practice flying with the Flying Cup Challenge, a set of three interactive simulation-based flying skills trials hosted on Redbird simulators. Anyone can participate in the Flying Cup Challenge, and the top 12 finishers get a free trip to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. where they will participate in a fly-off to determine the overall winner.
This special report aims to answer some simple questions: is the aviation industry missing an important element of pilot training that needs to be addressed throughout a pilot’s career? And if so, what is that missing element and how should it be provided to pilots to keep them safe throughout their careers?
FlightSafety International (Booth No. 5902) is upgrading its helicopter simulator graphics with its new Vital 1100 visual system and already has qualified it in several level-D units and for use in other advanced training devices. FlightSafety says the new system has five times the computing power of its Vital X predecessor and significantly enhances training by providing realistic mission-specific imagery with improved scene content and greater levels of detail.
While the safety and practical benefits of simulators are well known to the airline industry, they are still relatively new to civil helicopter pilots, instructors and operating companies. First, the student and instructor do not have to spend time flying to a particular place–for example, a hilly area, an offshore platform and so forth. With one click of a mouse at the instructor station, the helicopter and the crew find themselves teleported.
The civil helicopter industry is, at last, taking advantage of simulators in pilot training decades after the fixed-wing aircraft industry began to do so. Simulators are proliferating around the world and, after having been concentrated in the medium-twin segment, now also include light turbine singles. The emergence of rotorcraft simulators in recent years was prompted by a combination of factors: technology, cost, insurance and a realization that the industry must improve a poor safety record.
L-3 Link Simulation & Training specializes in intelligent training solutions across civil and military fields. The company has supplied the AVCATT (aviation combined arms tactical trainer) system to the U.S. Army at 11 training sites, each suite comprising six reconfigurable simulators, a battle master control room and an after-action review theater. The system provides network-based multi-player training exercises, from basic flying to complex operational scenarios.
Bombardier, FlightSafety International and Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation have signed a joint letter of intent to establish a training center for Q400 NextGen turboprop pilots, in preparation for the launch of Sutong Airlines in 2015. Bombardier will support planning of aircraft training, while FlightSafety will supply and operate a full flight simulator. Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation will support the set-up of the facility in China’s Jiangsu province, the airframer said here at the show.
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by Matt Thurber