Frasca International has received several recent orders for its Mentor advanced aviation training device from Lewis University, Pinnacle Aviation, the University of North Dakota and Florida Institute of Technology. The Institute’s two Mentors feature Avidyne FlightMax Entegra avionics, while the others feature the Garmin G1000 system.
For a 57-year-old company, FlightSafety International may be more mature than some others, but it hasn’t stopped growing. While the simulation training provider is active in other markets, the vast majority of its 40 learning centers and fleet of more than 230 simulators are dedicated to serving the business aviation community.
A pioneer in the simulation industry turned 50 this year. Frasca International has manufactured more than 2,000 flight training devices throughout its history that have been put in service in more than 70 countries.
The economy may be struggling, but as SimCom approaches its 20th anniversary the company continues to gain strength and grow. Once derided by some for touting the value of “cost-effective” flight training devices (FTD) over expensive full-flight simulation, this year alone SimCom will have trained about 7,500 pilots who apparently agree with that philosophy.
Mesa, Ariz.-based APS Emergency Maneuver Training recently started offering jet upset recovery training in full-motion simulators to mitigate in-flight loss-of-control situations, which a report from Boeing says is the prevailing factor in fatal commercial aviation accidents over the past 10 years.
To serve as a training aid for pilots who are about to strap into Dassault’s new Falcon 900EX with the Primus Epic EASy cockpit, Honeywell and FlightSafety plan to provide PC-based training software. FlightSafety instructors will use the software in the classroom to familiarize aviators with the modern cockpit before hands-on training in a full-flight simulator.
CAE has taken orders for four full-flight simulators worth more than $50 million at list prices and signed a military training support service contract with Australia that is valued at over $77 million.
Boeing subsidiary Alteon Training said it will build a 787 full-flight simulator for installation at its training center in Miami, Florida. Pilots primarily from Latin American airlines will start simulator sessions in March 2010. Before moving to Miami, the device will be put into use at Alteon’s Seattle training center. Alteon will also install 787 simulators in Tokyo, London, Shanghai, Singapore and Minneapolis.
Canada’s CAE announced last week that a Boeing 777 full-flight simulator (FFS) built for Delta Air Lines is the first to achieve level-D qualification under the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s new FAR Part 60 rule. At the end of May, the FAA implemented more standardized and stringent qualification requirements for initial and continuing use of flight simulation training devices (FSTD).
French-Italian regional turboprop manufacturer Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) is considering a new aircraft to complement its 46/50 passenger ATR 42 and 68/74-seat ATR 72 regional turboprop aircraft. CEO Stéphane Mayer confirmed that the airframer is studying a larger turboprop, probably to seat between 90 and 100 seats, and options including a two- or three-member family. “A stretch [of today’s ATR 72] is not a solution,” he said.