On Friday, the FAA issued a new rule that requires Part 121 operators to install ice-detection equipment in their existing fleets or to update their flight manuals to make sure crews know when they should activate their ice-protection systems.
SimCom Training Centers closed the deal to acquire 14 simulators and training programs from FlightSafety International yesterday. With this addition, Orlando, Fla.-based SimCom will operate 59 flight simulators at its five U.S. training centers.
FlightSafety International (FSI) has named Sikorsky Helitech of Brisbane, Australia, an approved maintenance training center to provide training for Pratt & Whitney Canada engines in Australasia. FSI will provide training courseware, a graphical flight simulator and other training aids.
“SimCom Training Centers confirms it is in discussion with FlightSafety International regarding the transition of some FlightSafety training programs to SimCom,” a SimCom spokeswoman told AIN yesterday. “When finalized, the deal will include 14 simulators, ranging in sophistication from advanced flight training devices for the piston-powered models to full-motion simulators for the turboprops.
“FlightSafety International and SimCom are in discussions regarding the possible transition of some of FlightSafety’s training programs to SimCom,” an FSI spokesman told AIN at press time. “An announcement will be made once the agreement is finalized.” According to reports, SimCom is seeking to buy some piston and turboprop training programs, as well as the accompanying simulators.
With sister company NetJets due to receive Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s, FlightSafety International is adding flight training for the types at its Columbus, Ohio learning center. FSI is currently designing a level-D simulator, as well as other advanced training equipment and courseware, for the two Bombardier Global Vision-equipped business jets.
FlightSafety’s new Vital X simulation’s enhanced visual scenes include moving models, 3-D sea states, environmental conditions, time of day, weather effects and an oil rig “complete with lighting and articulation of the model and sea-state animations designed to enhance training realism.”
Middle East flight operations support provider Nexus has teamed with Argus International, an aviation safety management company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, to bring Argus’s services to the Middle East and North Africa. Nexus, which is a subsidiary of the MAZ Aviation Group, announced two new flight operations centers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain in December.
After a year best described as challenging, flight-training provider FlightSafety International has seen an uptick in business since January and is adding another training site to its worldwide network, as well as several new training platforms at some of its locations. “We are seeing a little bit of life here in the first quarter,” said Eric Hinson, the company’s executive vice president.