Luckily for my passengers, aircraft and me, the only times I’ve experienced a runway excursion have been during training. On each occasion, the results were predictable, even in the most sophisticated aircraft simulator. A loss of directional control sends the aircraft sliding across shamrock-green video scenery and careening harmlessly through runway lights and signs, trees and anything else in the way.
Construction of the new FlightSafety International (FSI) Learning Center at Farnborough Airport in the UK neared completion last month. The first of up to 14 flight simulators have arrived and are due to be installed over the next few weeks, with a view toward seating students for the first training sessions in May and June.
For more than 10 years, Minneapolis-based Aerosim Technologies (www.flyaerosim.com) has been providing low-cost, high-fidelity software simulation training products.
Shortly after AIN went to press for last month’s issue, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made last-minute modifications to its alien flight-training rule, which was scheduled for implementation on October 20. Among other provisions, the interim final rule transferred responsibility for background checks from the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA.
In late 1995, around the time of the highly publicized crash of an American Airlines Boeing 757 on approach to Cali, Colombia, Dassault launched a research and development program aimed at applying the most advanced avionics technologies then available to a radically different kind of cockpit.
Traditionally, air traffic controller training has been a dry-as-dust classroom learning process, with piles of documents to study, rules to absorb and procedures to learn, interspersed with occasional breaks to watch the professionals at work in Centers, Tracons and towers.
Frasca International, the Urbana, Ill. company well known for its flight-training devices, is branching out into full-flight simulation. The Japanese Civil Aviation Promotion Foundation recently took delivery of a King Air B200 simulator, the first FAA level-C training system built by Frasca. The company also recently delivered a level-C Caravan simulator to the University of Alaska.
Garmin has selected FlightSafety International as the “preferred online training provider” for the G1000, the avionics suite that Cessna chose for the Citation Mustang. Scheduled for release in April, the online course will provide initial familiarization training to Mustang pilots in advance of their initial training in a FlightSafety full flight simulator.
FlightSafety International achieved a first recently when it put a Citation Sovereign simulator into service at its Orlando Learning Center. It is the first device with electric motion and control loading approved by the FAA as level-D.
Honda engineers built a non-motion simulator–the Honda Nonlinear Aerodynamics Flight Simulator–for test-pilot training and to evaluate the flight characteristics of the jet’s configuration. Tests conducted on the simulator include deep stall, spin, one-engine-out and deployment of the dynamic spin chute.