The FAA published notice of proposed rulemaking 2014-0391 in the Federal Register last week to amend qualifications standards for some flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), specifically those capable of reproducing extended flight envelope and adverse weather event training.
Irrespective of political turmoil in land-based energy supplier regions, oil and gas exploration and production is rising, especially offshore where drilling technology advances have made extraction more efficient. This is driving demand for helicopters and simulators.
The first level-D flight simulator for Airbus Helicopters’ EC175 medium twin received EASA certification this week, thus allowing the manufacturer to use it to train customer pilots. Designed by Spain-based Indra and located at the Helisim training center adjacent to Airbus Helicopters’ factory in Marignane, France, it features a 210-degree by 80-degree continuous field of view. Another EC175 full-motion simulator will be installed in the U.S.
Infinity Support Services (ISS) has announced plans to install a level-D flight simulator for the Sikorsky S-92 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. FlightSafety International will design, manufacture and support the training device. For the ISS Academy, FlightSafety will also supply training programs and supporting documents. FlightSafety will operate the S-92 simulator for two years and provide training for ISS simulator technicians. The simulator is expected to enter service by year-end and will be the first S-92 simulator installed in the Middle East.
Mid Atlantic Sim Center, a newly formed helicopter training organization in Iceland, has signed an agreement with simulator manufacturer Indra for Europe’s first level-D full-flight simulator for the Airbus Helicopters AS350. Plans call for the FAA-/EASA-certified device, convertible between the B2 and B3 models, to be operational at the company’s new facility in Reykjavik in the first quarter of 2016.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based helicopter operator Infinity Support Services (ISS) signed an agreement with FlightSafety International to design, manufacture and support a full-motion Sikorsky S-92 flight simulator and other training devices for its ISS Aviation Academy. This will be the first S-92 simulator installed in the Middle East when it enters service by year-end. In addition, FlightSafety will provide ISS with training programs, courseware and manuals, as well as operate the level-D S-92 simulator.
FlightSafety International continued its non-U.S. expansion in the helicopter training market, signing an agreement at EBACE on Wednesday with Infinity Support Services (ISS). The contract calls for FlightSafety to deliver a Level D flight simulation training device (FSTD) for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter to the new ISS Aviation Academy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This will be FlightSafety’s first helicopter FSTD in the Middle East and follows recent announcements of S-92 devices for Stavanger, Norway and São Paulo, Brazil.
CAE is preparing to open a fourth training center for Embraer’s Phenom light jets later this year. According to Carlos Mallaco, vice president for Customer Support & Services with Embraer Executive Jets, the additional training capacity will likely be added in the U.S. through the long-established Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) joint venture. Phenom pilots already have three ECTS facilities at their disposal in Dallas, Texas; Burgess Hill in the UK; and São Paulo in Brazil.
Progress on the HondaJet continues toward the model’s planned certification in the first quarter of next year, Honda Aircraft (Booth 6559) announced at EBACE 2014 on Monday. The first production HondaJet (S/N 11) is now in final assembly in the company’s manufacturing facility on Piedmont Triad International (PTI) Airport in Greensboro, N.C.
A combination of growth from new business aviation markets such as the Middle East and Asia and recovery in the more mature markets of Europe and North America has inspired flight-training provider CAE to triple investments in facilities. Half of all investment is going into new simulators. The group has been adding these at a rate of two to four each year and expects to install another 25 new units at its worldwide locations over the next five years.