With the opening of its new northern Virginia regional airline training center last fall, Pan Am International Flight Academy served notice of its commitment as “a dependable, credible and trustworthy training partner,” said Ralph Leach, director of regional aircraft training.
“We’re going after FlightSafety,” Nick Leontidis, CAE’s executive vice president of civil aviation training and equipment, told AIN. “They may have created the business aviation simulation market, but we believe we have a better product.” He said current customer expectations are “far behind what the commercial airline market has enjoyed for many years in terms of quality of service.”
As of June 13 at least 50,500 foreign nationals in the U.S. for flight training on aircraft with an mtow of 12,500 lb or more were required to suspend their training until their flight schools reapply to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on their behalf.
Simulator maker CAE last month announced that Bombardier has awarded the company the simulation development contract for the CRJ900 regional jet and upgrades to four CRJ700 simulators. In addition, Calgary-based airline WestJet has agreed to purchase a Boeing 737-700 flight simulator for installation at the airline’s training facility.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Pan Am International Flight Academy has installed a Bombardier CRJ flight training device at the school’s Deer Valley, Ariz. facility. Equipped with a wrap-around visual system similar to those used in level-C flight simulators, the FTD uses a navigation database encompassing the entire continental U.S.
FlightSafety International said it plans to open a helicopter learning center in Lafayette, La., in the fourth quarter of this year. The first full-motion flight simulator scheduled for installation at the center is a Sikorsky S-76C+/++. The Lafayette learning center will focus on offshore operations training as well as courses targeting most helicopter types operating in the Gulf.
FlightSafety International announced that its second full-flight simulator for the Sikorsky S-92 has been qualified to FAA and JAR level-D standards, following a joint evaluation at the company’s Farnborough training center southwest of of London. Training with the device began in December.
Fidelity Flight Simulation, a Pittsburgh maker of full-motion flight-training devices (FTDs) for fixed-wing aircraft, this month plans to deliver the company’s first-ever helicopter simulator. Based on the medium-twin Eurocopter EC 135, the device is scheduled for late-May delivery to its new owner, EMS operator Stat Medevac.
“One of the myths about the impact of automation on human performance is that as the investment in automation increases, the investment needed in human expertise decreases. In fact, increased automation creates new knowledge and skill requirements.”
–Dr. David Woods
Professor, Ohio State University;
technical advisor for FAA human-factors report
Emirates-CAE Flight Training has signed a three-year contract to provide helicopter training for Indian-based offshore helicopter operator Global Vectra Helicorp. Global Vectra flight crews will undergo training on a Bell 412 full-flight simulator at ECFT’s facility in Dubai. The agreement covers recurrent and initial type training.