“To be honest, I had a problem with Atta the first time I talked to him. I didn’t like his personality,” Rudy Dekkers, president and owner of Venice, Fla.-based Huffman Aviation International, said of suspected World Trade Center terrorist Mohamed Atta. “But what are you going to do? I’m going to deny someone flight training because I don’t personally like him?”
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Alteon, Boeing’s aviation training arm, last month opened a major facility at London Gatwick Airport. The 53,000-sq-ft facility will provide pilot and flight attendant training initially on simulators for the Boeing 737 and 757 and the Airbus A320. The center will also become the headquarters of Jeppesen UK and its international trip planning services.
Some flight schools have gone out of business since September 11 though the actual number is elusive. A National Air Transportation Association spokesman said a member survey taken two weeks after the terrorist attacks yielded shocking results. NATA’s membership conservatively lost between $300 million and $500 million during the period when all flight instruction and VFR flying were banned.
Simcom Training Centers last month opened a 67,000-sq-ft facility adjacent to Florida’s Orlando International Airport. The new building has space to install additional simulators and training devices beyond the initial ones for the Citation II, Learjet 35/36, Hawker 800XP, TBM 700, Pilatus PC-12 and Piper Meridian. Simcom currently offers training programs on Citations and Learjets at its parent training facility in Miami.
Cabin-safety and -services training for business aviation flight attendants was introduced late last year by Renton, Wash.-based Alteon Training (formerly FlightSafety Boeing), a subsidiary of Boeing. This is Boeing’s first venture into business aviation cabin training outside the Boeing Business Jet training program.
An enhanced version of TruVision, called TruVision Global, has been introduced by Frasca International (Booth No. 4420). The Urbana, Ill. company’s visual system allows pilots worldwide to view representative terrain and airports. The latest version covers more than 10,000 runways, plus coastlines, rivers, roads and more.
Piaggio Aero and FlightSafety International have expanded their training services agreement, whereby they will place another Piaggio aircraft simulator at FlightSafety’s West Palm Beach, Fla. learning center in 2008. The new Avanti II simulator is being manufactured by FlightSafety and will receive level-D approval. It will be equipped with FlightSafety’s Vital visual system and electric-motion and control-loading technology.
With new management and the goal of transforming itself from a development company to a lean production aircraft company, Adam Aircraft put a key foundation block in place this week at the NBAA Convention when it signed a 10-year agreement with SaferJett to provide training for the A700 VLJ and A500 centerline-thrust pressurized piston twin.
SimCom Training Centers, which operates training facilities in Orlando and Vero Beach, Fla., and Glendale and Scottsdale, Ariz., announced additions to its simulator fleet and a recently leased facility. The facility is the former 40,000-sq-ft Lockheed Martin Training Center in Orlando, and it houses three simulators: a new Beechjet 400A level C, a Dornier 328 Jet level D and a Jetstream 41 level C.
Canadian training specialist CAE SimuFlite (Booth No. 5813) announced at NBAA’07 that it has launched an expansion of its global training network by adding 16 new business jet training programs to its operations. And with this expansion, CAE will be offering training on 90 percent of all active and in-production business aircraft, the company said.