Eclipse Aviation selected two companies-Higher Power Aviation of Dallas and Flight Simulation of the Netherlands-to run the model 500 VLJ pilot training program. Flight Simulation will oversee the Eclipse 500 training program, and Higher Power instructors will train U.S. pilots at Eclipse's Albuquerque, N.M. headquarters and eventually at Eclipse's new training facility at nearby Double Eagle II Airport.
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The Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology (MIAT) will incorporate FlightSafety’s Principles of Troubleshooting course into its curriculum. The move is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the latest technology used in aircraft as they prepare for a career as professional aircraft technicians.
Canadian-owned aircraft simulator and training operator CAE has unveiled the latest addition to its line of flight simulators. The company’s new 5000-series simulators are designed to support single-aisle jetliners such as the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737, business jets and the VLJ market.
Northrop Rice USA completed a five-year contract developing the Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT), with a handover ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in late March. The 1,000-student aviation technology institute is located near the international airport outside Kuala Lumpur.
CAE SimuFlite is set to begin offering Citation X technical training by this fall. Initial training duration is 10 days, while the recurrent program lasts five days. The company’s Citation X level-D-qualified flight simulator allows hands-on operations during training, including engine run-up, taxi and systems operation.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is strongly urging the FAA to require all air carrier, commuter and on-demand operators to have and implement FAA-approved mechanical training programs.
Over the last seven years, U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group has contributed more than $2.5 million to help pay annual training costs of Bell, Eurocopter and MD Helicopter operators who participate in the USAIG preferred policyholder program.
Last month, Boeing-owned Alteon Training (formerly FlightSafety Boeing) announced the opening of its new $75 million training facility at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The six-acre center includes two full-motion, FAA level-D simulators for Boeing’s 717-200 and one for its 737-700/800–the latter compatible with the Boeing Business Jet.
Oakland, Calif.-based Sierra Academy of Aeronautics, formerly an independently owned and operated fixed-wing, helicopter and maintenance training school that closed its doors in December, has reopened on a much smaller scale by its new owners. KS Aviation, a flight school in Stockton, Calif., acquired 38-year-old Sierra Academy and reopened the school for fixed-wing ab initio through ATP training.
Profits soared last year at Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, though not all of the company’s divisions did well. In his annual letter to shareholders released last month, the investment mogul summarized the reduced performance of FlightSafety International and NetJets– the two largest companies in their respective fields of simulator training and fractional ownership.