Frasca International (Booth 3073) last month received level-D approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China for the Cessna Citation CJ1+ full flight simulator delivered to the country’s Nanshan International Flight Academy. The simulator features Frasca’s Simplicity Instructor Operator Station software, a 60-inch electric motion base, CANbus interface system, Griffon real-time true operating environment and TruFeel electric control loading. It was recently installed at the Nanshan facility at Longkou.
For pilots needing to obtain an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, Sporty’s (Booth 1357) has developed an FAA-approved ATP certification training program (ATP-CTP). Sporty’s partnered with ABX Airlines in Wilmington, Ohio, for the simulator portion of the training.
An innovation in personal computer-based flight simulation–a shared cockpit between two people flying their simulators in separate locations–is now available on the X-Plane simulator running the PilotEdge live ATC system. PilotEdge allows simulator fliers to interact with live controllers when flying in the southern California region.
The comment deadline has been extended 90 days, from October 8 to January 6, on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in July that seeks to amend qualification standards for some flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), specifically those capable of reproducing extended flight envelope and adverse weather training.
Sept. 26, 2014
Helicopter Ambulance Departure Rules Simplified
The Thales Training Academy in Albertville, France, has received EASA qualification to operate a flight simulation training device, anointing it as the first European facility to operate a full flight simulator (FFS) for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil. The Reality H simulator holds a dual qualification: FFS level B and flight training device level 3. Located in the Alps next to SAF’s EC135 FFS, the training center caters to aerial work operators.
Viking Air (Outdoor Exhibit 5122) is seeing growing demand in Latin America for its Series 400 Twin Otter utility aircraft. This has spurred the Canadian company to make plans to expand its sales network in the region and an announcement on this subject is expected fairly soon.
An acquisitive Textron has assembled a new flight simulator manufacturing and training company–TRU Simulation + Training–that its leaders believe will offer strong competition to entrenched players FlightSafety International and CAE. TRU’s president and CEO is James Takats, one of the founders of Florida-based simulator manufacturer Opinicus, which became a Textron property in November last year.
Helicopter training simulator provider X-Copter is on hand at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis., to demonstrate its recently certified primary flight simulator. Located at AirVenture’s HAI Heli-Center, the Arizona-based company is offering show specials of more than $7,500 in incentives for the lease or purchase of the new training device, which has a base price of $88,000.
Textron has assembled a new flight simulator manufacturing and training company–TRU Simulation + Training–that its leaders believe will offer strong competition to entrenched players FlightSafety International and CAE.
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