CAE has sold two full-flight simulators to Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Co., the investment arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain and owner of national carrier Gulf Air. The 7000 Series A330/A340 convertible FFS and 5000 Series A320 FFS, both with the Tropos-6000 visual system, will support the training of Gulf Air pilots. CAE will also provide a suite of support services over the next 10 years.
CAE has been selected by Bombardier to provide engineering services and a flight simulator for the C Series narrowbody aircraft. The Canadian company will supply a so-called augmented engineering environment, which includes test support equipment under the hardware-in-the-loop concept. The idea is to have the tested system “believe” it is in a real aircraft.
CAE has won a series of contracts from prime contractor Lockheed Martin and undisclosed customers to design and build four C-130 simulators and several training devices for military customers around the world.
China’s Xi’an Aviation Science and Technology Company (XASC) has awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to develop a simulation and training program for the Xi’an Aircraft (XAC) MA-60 and MA-600 regional turboprops. Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins will use its CORE simulation architecture to supply key components of the MA-60 full-flight simulator and the MA-600 training device.
“Everything we do at Collins we do for a strategic reason,” said Kent Statler, executive vice president, Rockwell Collins Services, speaking of the avionics major’s strengthening foray into the simulation and training market.
As part of the launch of its “new reality” simulator and services portfolio, Thales assembled a high-level panel of simulation and training industry professionals to discuss the challenges facing their industry as a result of falling margins, increasing overhead and more aggressive competition.
Forty of FlightSafety International’s full flight simulators located at 15 learning centers in North America have been qualified under the EASA flight simulator training device catch-up process. The process was developed to qualify simulators located outside of EASA member states’ jurisdiction so they can continue to be used in the training of European-licensed flight crews under EASA regulations.
Eurocopter (Booth No. 7010) and Thales will design and build the first-ever simulator for the medium-weight, twin-engine Dauphin AS 365 N3 helicopter for Héli-Union of France. Expected to be operational beginning in 2011 at Héli-Union’s training center in Angoulême, the simulator has the support of Angoulême’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI).
American Eurocopter has signed the first long-term commercial customer for the full-motion EC 135/EC 145 training device at its Grand Prairie, Texas campus. Stat MedEvac will use the simulator to train EC 135 and EC 145 air medical service crews operating in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Army began using the simulator last December to train crews for the UH-72A Lakota, an EC 145 variant.
A proposed rule that calls for a sweeping overhaul of flight crew and dispatcher training has certainly piqued the interest of RAA vice president of technical affairs Dave Lotterer, but for all the wrong reasons.