CAE (Booth No. 1344), which established a beachhead into business aviation simulator training by buying SimuFlite in December 2001, is bolstering its presence in Europe with the expansion of its facility in Burgess Hill, about 20 minutes south of London Gatwick Airport in southern England.
The Thales Formation Systems Trainer (TFST) being demonstrated here by the French group’s UK-based Thales Training & Simulation division (Hall 3 Stand C5) is part of a complete line of flight crew training equipment that embraces everything from PC-based desktop trainers to full flight simulators.
Boeing subsidiary Alteon Training has extended its agreement with Thales UK with a $30 million deal to buy three more Boeing 787 training suites, comprising full-flight simulators (FFSs), flat-panel trainers and related desktop equipment. A May 2005 contract covers provision of an initial six such suites. The FFSs will feature Thales’ EM2K electric motion system.
FlightSafety International and Cessna are making significant progress in the development of the training program for the new Mustang VLJ, scheduled to begin next January. The initial program will include two flight simulators, two avionics flight-training devices, a mentor program and distance learning.
Canadian training equipment and services provider CAE, which is seeking ways to apply its simulation and modeling expertise in new areas, will announce orders worth almost $35 million from customers in India, South America and Europe.
Technical, design and operational requirements for simulators and flight training devices (FTDs) will be updated and consolidated under one new rule, FAR Part 60. The new rule was adopted yesterday from a four-year-old notice of proposed rulemaking but does not go into effect until October 30 next year, after which affected entities will have between Oct. 30, 2009 and Oct. 30, 2013 to be fully in compliance with all the new requirements.
Aerosim Technologies (Booth No. 1990) is placing more of its training devices at Alteon facilities around the world, the Burnsville, Minn. company announced. The most recent placements are for the Aerosim virtual procedure trainer, and aircraft variants include the Boeing 777-200, 737-300 and 767-300.
A U.S. congressman is raising a fundamental question about the Mitsubishi MU-2. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) is convinced that the airplane has a “shockingly high accident rate” and appears to be concerned that no one in the government took his advice last year that the airplane be grounded.
International flying is up, probably. While we can’t prove this precisely, many aviation professionals who attended this year’s NBAA International Operators Conference (IOC), which opened March 14 in Colorado Springs, told AIN their hours flown outside the U.S. are increasing.
You might not be familiar with the name Mechtronix Systems, but representatives from the Montreal company nonetheless predict you may soon find yourself strapping into one of their full-flight simulators for recurrent or transition training–and saving a significant amount of money in the process.