Beechjet 400/400A pilot training is now available on a new simulator at SimuFlite’s Dallas headquarters. The simulator features Collins Pro Line 4 avionics. SimuFlite plans to add King Air 350 simulator training next month and Hawker 800XP simulator training in the summer.
Sean Roberts, an experimental test pilot for both military and civilian projects with more than 18,000 flight hours, started the National Test Pilot School (NTPS) in 1980 after receiving requests from the aircraft industry for a school that would address FAA certification requirements.
What does it really take to start a Part 135 operation? Talking with pilots reveals confusion and intimidation about the requirements. One is sure to hear stories about the mountains of paperwork and inviting the “devil in your bed” by asking the FAA to oversee your operation.
“Aircraft insurance is a fairly pragmatic business,” stressed Jim Harris, executive vice president of AIG Aviation, Atlanta. “We put very high liability limits on our clients–$100 to $300 million and even higher on some Fortune 500 companies. Considering we’re insuring $20 million aircraft flying near the speed of sound with millionaire executives on board, training is paramount in our book.”
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg recently spent their first 25 hours at the controls of a flight simulator that replicates the cockpit in the first Solar Impulse prototype HB-SIA. Piccard flew the prototype from Tuesday, May 13 at 7:27 a.m. to Wednesday, May 14 at 8:43 a.m., and Borschberg from Thursday, May 15 at 7:20 a.m. to Friday, May 16 at 8:38 a.m.
Next month, the first very light jet (VLJ) full-flight simulator to enter service outside the U.S. will be approved for training Cessna Citation Mustang pilots. The simulator, installed at FlightSafety International’s Farnborough facilities in the UK, will begin training in August and is already booked through the end of this year.
Global Express simulator training will be launched late next year by FlightSafety International. FlightSafety Simulation in Tulsa, Okla., is currently manufacturing an FAA level-D simulator that will be delivered to an as yet to be decided FlightSafety training facility “most convenient” for Global Express customers.
Eurocopter held the grand opening for its new simulator training center, Helisim, in Marignane, France, in late February. By next year the facility will house two FAA/ JAA level-D simulators with four interchangeable cockpits.
In a letter to FAA Administrator Jane Garvey, 31 members of Congress have urged the agency to take immediate action to update pilot flight- and duty-time regulations.
Where will we find tomorrow’s pilots? The military, long a provider of trained aviators, hasn’t produced sufficient numbers to satisfy the civil aviation demand for quite some time. It is the collegiate and private-academy flight-training programs that have taken up the slack and will continue to be the primary provider of pilots indefinitely.