A new exhibitor here at EBACE, Brussels-based Sabena Flight Academy, is at Booth No. 785 trying to diversify from its usual airline business. The former subsidiary of defunct carrier Sabena is offering pilot training and consulting for business aircraft operators.
FlightSafety International (FSI) plans to build a Hawker 750 simulator for installation at its UK training center at Farnborough Airport an hour southwest of London. In addition, FSI (Booth No. 220) will offer Gulfstream G450 and G550 training programs there using an interchangeable level-D simulator planned for operation starting in late 2009.
Eclipse Aviation (Booth No. 202) has finalized details of the training program for its new very light jet (VLJ), revealing partnerships with two pilot training companies. Flight Simulation Co. (FSC) of The Netherlands and Higher Power Aviation, Inc. (HPA) of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, will work with Florida-based simulator manufacturer Opinicus Corp., in providing an FAA-approved training curriculum for the Eclipse 500.
Eclipse Aviation selected two companies-Higher Power Aviation of Dallas and Flight Simulation of the Netherlands-to run the model 500 VLJ pilot training program. Flight Simulation will oversee the Eclipse 500 training program, and Higher Power instructors will train U.S. pilots at Eclipse's Albuquerque, N.M. headquarters and eventually at Eclipse's new training facility at nearby Double Eagle II Airport.
Implementing safety management systems (SMS) and developing operator decision-making skills are imperative to improving the accident record for helicopters. That was the message more than 100 helicopter pilots, crewmembers and industry managers heard at the third annual Helicopter Safety Forum, co-sponsored by FlightSafety International and Rotor & Wing magazine, held this year in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Canadian-owned aircraft simulator and training operator CAE has unveiled the latest addition to its line of flight simulators. The company’s new 5000-series simulators are designed to support single-aisle jetliners such as the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737, business jets and the VLJ market.
Marignane, France-based Helisim plans to offer a Eurocopter EC 225/725 FAA level-D flight simulator starting in 2007. This will come in addition to the level-D qualifications that the training service provider, since its inception in 2000, has received for the Super Puma Mk1, Super Puma Mk2, Dauphin N2 and EC 155 helicopters.
A recent indicator of the business climate malaise that California’s new governor has vowed to reverse is the move of flight simulator facility operator SimPro USA from Los Angeles to the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson.
FlightSafety International’s business aviation learning center at Farnborough Airport in the UK is expected to open next January. The 80,000-sq-ft facility will house up to 15 full-motion flight simulators, with initial units expected to cover the Gulfstream IV; Citation CJ1/CJ2, Ultra, Bravo and Excel; and Hawker 800XP.
FlightSafety International has started construction of its full-service learning center at Farnborough Airport, about a 45-minute drive from central London. The facility, which is expected to open early next year, will have the capacity for 14 advanced flight simulators and provide associated interactive classrooms, high-tech training devices, pilot-briefing rooms and customer-service facilities.