Believe it or not, there’s a pilot shortage out there, not in the U.S. or Europe, but in Asia, where a flourishing airline business needs first officers, and lots of them.
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News about simulators and training procedures.
“Safety is not a book, not software; it’s a culture,” said Airbus training and flight operations support and services vice president Jean-Michel Roy, describing new flight- and ground-training systems introduced with the new A380 very large airliner. The latest Airbus inherits many characteristics of the established A320/A330/A340 fly-by-wire (FBW) models.
Air traffic control students have had access to a broad range of simulators at the French national civil aviation school Enac for a year now. Based in Toulouse, Enac’s new ATC simulation facility operates two simulators that can each re-create a control tower with a 360-degree field of vision. Other sims on the property include en route (32 positions), approach (18 positions) and generic (10 positions).
The Royal Bahraini Air Force’s new air training wing is on track to start full operations in 2007. In March 2006 synthetic training equipment will be delivered, and by the end of next year all six Hawk aircraft are to be in place.
As competition to meet demands for advanced jet trainers in the region intensifies, Irkut is promoting the Yak-130 now entering production to meet a Russian Air Force requirement. Selected in 2002 as the principal aircraft for basic and advanced training, the Yak-130 has only recently begun rolling off the Irkut production line against an initial order for 12.
CasaAero, a joint venture between Boeing’s Alteon training division and national airline Royal Air Maroc, celebrated the official grand opening of its facility at Aeroport Casa-Anfa last Wednesday. The partners are developing the facility in Casablanca as a regional center for commercial pilot training.
The Korea Aerospace Industries/Lockheed Martin T-50 Golden Eagle could capture a large proportion of future world orders for advanced jet trainers. This transpacific joint venture made its aerial debut at the Seoul Air Show last month, and is now taking to the international stage here at Dubai 2005 this week. It is the first new, supersonic purpose-built jet trainer to fly in 40 years. The Koreans are very proud of it.
The UK’s Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) at Boscombe Down is one of only a handful of world-class training establishments offering a wide range of courses for both the military and civil flight test and evaluation communities. Recently the subject of an in-depth analysis by independent consultants, the future of ETPS remains secure.
Canada’s CAE expects to place another three flight simulators next year at the Emirates-CAE Flight Training Center near Dubai International Airport to support the explosive growth in demand for flight training among the region’s airlines and business aircraft operators.
Emirates-CAE Flight Training is reaping the benefits of the spate of new aircraft orders from Middle East and Indian airlines, announcing several major contracts at Dubai 2005.