The first customer delivery of the Sikorsky S-76D was imminent as this was being written last month, with the first example to be handed over to an offshore operator in the Gulf of Mexico. EASA certification is expected toward the end of the year.
Flight simulator manufacturer Redbird Flight Simulations held its third annual Migration Flight Training Industry and Design Conference earlier this week at the Redbird SkyPort FBO/flight training lab at San Marcos Airport in Texas.
Precisely where the newest digital media can and should converge with the flight simulation technology used to deliver aviation training content will be the primary topic of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s November 20th flight simulation conference in London. David Coplin, chief envisioning officer for Microsoft UK, will deliver the keynote address.
SimCom Training Centers (Booth No. N4907) announced at NBAA 2013 that it is using the Cygnus tool from Redbird Flight Simulations to link any aviation or navigation app running on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to a simulator. The “location” of the aircraft being flown in the simulator is passed to the portable device as if it were in an actual aircraft.
“We believe pilots should train the way they fly,” said Eric Hanson, president of Orlando, Fla.-based SimCom. “Cygnus allows SimCom customers to use GPS-enabled tablets in the same way they do in their aircraft.”
FlightSafety International is here at NBAA 2013 displaying the latest step forward in its quest for truly realistic flight simulation: the Vital 1100 visual system (see it at Booth No. N1921).
Dan Myers, FlightSafety’s director of marketing for visual simulation systems, told AIN that development of the Vital 1100 came about following extensive feedback from FlightSafety customers. “We were able to provide a high-end, quality product in the previous Vital system, but customers would often suggest, ‘what if you did this?’ Our engineers ran with that,” said Myers.
Business jet and turboprop operators insured by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions (Booth No. N1121) can receive premium credits toward upset safety training through a new program announced here at NBAA. The program offers premium credits to qualifying jet and turboprop operators whose pilots complete the Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) program offered jointly by aviation training companies CAE (Booth No. N3533) and Aviation Performance Solutions (APS, Booth No. N527).
The FAA this month will issue a rule requiring a new approach to stall training for airline pilots that runs counter to previous guidance. According to Dr Jeff Schroeder, the agency’s chief scientific and technical officer, the new approach will, “take a lot of work to undo previous training because some pilots are ‘spring-loaded’ to the previous technique.”
FlightSafety International is introducing a new-generation Vital 1100 visual system that provides “mission-specific imagery with vastly improved scene content and unprecedented levels of detail” for its flight simulators. With the upgraded system, hundreds of millions of scene elements are processed every second and presented along with environmental effects such as “physics-based weather models” of rain, snow and hail that develop and react as they would in the real world.
ProFlight founder Caleb Taylor believes that there are better ways to train pilots and he isn’t afraid to try new techniques to help new and existing CitationJet pilots learn how to fly safely. “Everyone trains to pass the checkride,” he said. “We don’t do it that way. We go into every aspect of flying this airplane.”
CAE has begun simulator training at its facility in Delhi, India. The training center, a joint venture between CAE and Interglobe, houses two full-flight simulators providing pilot and maintenance technician training for the region. According to the company, the six simulator bays will be able to train more than 5,000 professionals per year once they operating at full capacity. The center occupies 3.5 acres in the Greater Noida Industrial Area, about 25 miles southeast of Delhi.