St. Petersburg, Russia-based Kronshtadt (Hall 3 Stand D22) is here at Farnborough International showcasing its array of flight and sea platform training simulators, navigation systems and onboard equipment. Since the company was founded in 2000, Kronshtadt has become a major supplier of defense products to both the Russian domestic customer and export clients.
Canadian training equipment and services provider CAE, which is seeking ways to apply its simulation and modeling expertise in new areas, will announce orders worth almost $35 million from customers in India, South America and Europe.
Canada’s new Sea King helicopter deck-landing simulator is a video gamer’s dream. Instead of a conventional cockpit with real switches and gauges, the device features a virtual-reality helmet the pilot wears. The only components that are real are the seat, cyclic and collective and pedals. Everything else, including a 360-degree inside and outside view, is replicated inside the pilot’s helmet in illusory detail.
Technical, design and operational requirements for simulators and flight training devices (FTDs) will be updated and consolidated under one new rule, FAR Part 60. The new rule was adopted yesterday from a four-year-old notice of proposed rulemaking but does not go into effect until October 30 next year, after which affected entities will have between Oct. 30, 2009 and Oct. 30, 2013 to be fully in compliance with all the new requirements.
Wholly owned Boeing subsidiary Alteon Training has confirmed that it plans to place Boeing 787 training suites in Australia, India and Singapore, increasing to seven the number of its Dreamliner training locations. The U.S. firm previously confirmed Tokyo, Seattle, London-Gatwick and China.
Pilot Flying Safety Awards are given by NBAA to the top pilots of member companies who have achieved exemplary safety records. Eligibility includes having flown corporate aircraft 1,500 hours without an accident, but the actual number of hours flown by many of the top pilots exceeds 20,000 hours.
SunState Aviation Flight School at Kissimmee Gateway Airport is introducing pilots to the future of aviation. The school has taken the lead in training pilots to fly technically advanced aircraft.
The FAA-approved G1000 FITS (FAA and industry training standards) program teaches pilots how to transition to aircraft featuring computer screens rather than traditional gauges and dials.
Aerosim Technologies (Booth No. 1990) is placing more of its training devices at Alteon facilities around the world, the Burnsville, Minn. company announced. The most recent placements are for the Aerosim virtual procedure trainer, and aircraft variants include the Boeing 777-200, 737-300 and 767-300.
Following its safety evaluation of the Mitsubishi MU-2 last year, the FAA has issued a proposed Special FAR that will force all current and future MU-2 pilots to obtain formal training to fly the high-performance turboprop twin.
Eclipse Aviation is now putting the finishing touches on its very light jet (VLJ) pilot training program. Planned in coordination with the United Services division of United Airlines, the program will bring a different philosophy and a marked change of emphasis to bear on flight training as we have known it in the past.