When the FAA implemented more rigorous minimum standards (the “1,500-hour ATP” rule) for airline first officers last year, many in the industry expressed concern about a shortage of pilots meeting the requirement. Under the new regulation first officers must hold an ATP certificate, which requires 1,500 hours total time. Previously, first officers were required to have only a commercial pilot certificate, which requires just 250 hours of flight time.
The Thales Training Academy in Albertville, France, has received EASA qualification to operate a flight simulation training device, anointing it as the first European facility to operate a full flight simulator (FFS) for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil. The Reality H simulator holds a dual qualification: FFS level B and flight training device level 3. Located in the Alps next to SAF’s EC135 FFS, the training center caters to aerial work operators.
FlightSafety International is offering online training for the ground school portion of its Gulfstream G550 recurrent pilot training course. The company’s G550 eRecurrent training course is available for pilots who operate their aircraft under FAA or EASA regulations and replaces the two-day, in-person recurrent training course. It includes a 13-hour ground school eLearning module and instructor-lead LiveLearning CRM training. The simulator sessions, systems integration training and written exam portions of the course still must take place at a FlightSafety learning center.
The FAA announced it will formally re-examine the certification standards for helicopters under FAR Parts 27 and 29. Currently Part 27 helicopters must weigh 7,000 pounds or less and have no more than nine passenger seats. Helicopters that weigh more than 7,000 pounds and have 10 or more seats fall under the more stringent Part 29.
Viking Air (Outdoor Exhibit 5122) is seeing growing demand in Latin America for its Series 400 Twin Otter utility aircraft. This has spurred the Canadian company to make plans to expand its sales network in the region and an announcement on this subject is expected fairly soon.
The FAA plans to formally reexamine the certification standards for helicopters under Parts 27 and 29 of the FARs, the agency announced. Currently, Part 27 helicopters must weigh 7,000 pounds or less and have nine or fewer passenger seats. Helicopters that weigh more than 7,000 pounds and have 10 or more seats fall under the more stringent Part 29 rules.
FlightSafety International’s third Gulfstream G650 full-motion simulator is now online at its learning center in Long Beach, Calif., following FAA level-D approval for the device. The first two Gulfstream G650 simulators are in service at FlightSafety’s learning center in Savannah, Ga. Notably, this new G650 trainer is the first FlightSafety FS1000 simulator to receive level-D qualification. FS1000 simulators have FlightSafety’s newest Vital 1100 visual system, electric motion cueing and a new instructor operating station.
Making synthetic training affordable by allowing customers to tailor programs to their specific needs is the idea behind Metro Aviation’s Shreveport, La.-based Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC).
An acquisitive Textron has assembled a new flight simulator manufacturing and training company–TRU Simulation + Training–that its leaders believe will offer strong competition to entrenched players FlightSafety International and CAE. TRU’s president and CEO is James Takats, one of the founders of Florida-based simulator manufacturer Opinicus, which became a Textron property in November last year.
At EAA AirVenture this week, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) unveiled a new effort to make the entry into aviation more affordable to a wider range of prospective private pilots. At its exhibit at the show, the association has on display the first “152Reimagined,” part of a test concept in conjunction with Wyoming-based Aviat Aircraft to meticulously renovate and update approximately a dozen old Cessna 150s and 152s, which will then be made available to flight schools and flying clubs at a base price of $89,900 and $99,900, respectively.
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