With the Primus Epic integrated avionics system poised to make its debut in a variety of business airplanes and the Bell/Agusta AB139 helicopter, Honeywell is introducing a desktop PC version of the glass cockpit that pilots can use before they ever strap in for training in a full-flight simulator.
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“What makes our system unique is that it is based on a simple personal computer network that ties all of the components together,” Mike Altman, CEO of Mather, Calif.-based Precision Flight Controls, told AIN. “That allows it to be a cost-effective jet trainer. Depending on the exact configuration, the price ranges from about $125,000 to $150,000.”
During its 50-year history the Twin Commander line of business aircraft has occupied a special niche. Today, just as when the original purpose-built corporate and executive transport, the $45,000 Aero Commander Model 520, entered the market in January 1952, a high percentage of these aircraft–even the turbine-powered models–are flown not by full-time professional pilots but by their owners.
Eliminating the seam between the classroom and simulator has been the goal for both FlightSafety and SimuFlite lately, and both companies displayed “virtual simulators” that enhance the realism of classroom sessions by harnessing the power of a simulator’s computers to drive more comprehensive and more deeply layered visual classroom presentations.
Nearly four months after Boeing acquired all of FlightSafety International’s interests in FlightSafetyBoeing Training International, set up five years ago to provide training in Boeing airplanes, Boeing is renaming the venture Alteon. Following a transition period, Alteon will become the official name for the company. During the transition period, the company will continue to be known as FlightSafetyBoeing.
Citation Excel initial and recurrent pilot training is now available at SimuFlite in Dallas. Training is available as a 14-day initial program or a four-day recurrent course on the company’s new Excel simulator, which received FAA level-D approval in August. The simulator is equipped with Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics, including Primus 880 weather radar. The simulator also features TCAS II and EGPWS.
Toronto-based flight simulator maker CAE completed its acquisition of Schreiner Aviation Training of the Netherlands. Schreiner operates 19 simulators located in Europe and the U.S. In April, CAE acquired the former BAE Systems simulation and training division in Tampa, Fla.z
One of Aer Arann’s busiest areas must be its personnel department: “We have experienced huge growth in the past two years, particularly in flight crew and operations. Given our current rate of growth, flight crew [numbers] have grown above 30 percent per year and will continue at 15 to 20 percent,” according to head of operations John Halpin.
On the day of AIN’s visit to Survival Systems, a group of paramedics was finishing up a two-day course on the use of emergency breathing systems–small air tanks that hold up to 30 breaths of air. Such systems are available from any dive shop for about $350.
“One last thing. Delay taking your breath until the water reaches your waist, then follow the procedure the way we briefed,” said Survival Systems training coordinator Bobbi Lytle as we hung by a cable above the water in a big, blue “pretend” aircraft. I was strapped in the front seat with a four-point harness. At the command, “Ditching! Ditching!