American Eurocopter (AEC) has received FAA Level B and night-vision goggle (NVG) training certification for its AS350 full flight simulator in Grand Prairie, Texas. And yesterday, AEC announced that it signed a simulator training contract with the Texas Department of Public Safety, covering dry lease of the AS350 simulator. This will allow the department’s instructors to train DPS pilots.
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CAE’s expansion strategy is paying off. The Saint-Laurent, Quebec-based company (Booth No. 6903) has grown rapidly since it was founded in 1947 and now operates training facilities on six continents. It also offers enhanced services using technology tools to deliver training not only to aviation customers but also to the healthcare, mining/heavy equipment and energy industries.
FlyRight has achieved qualification for its level-C King Air 200 flight simulator in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and China. FlyRight's FAA Part 142-approved training facility offers initial and recurrent training for King Air 90s, 200s and 300/350s. The training device is also configurable for Beech 1900 instruction.
Forty of FlightSafety International’s full flight simulators located at 15 learning centers in North America have been qualified under the EASA flight simulator training device catch-up process. The process was developed to qualify simulators located outside of EASA member states’ jurisdiction so they can continue to be used in the training of European-licensed flight crews under EASA regulations.
American Eurocopter has signed the first long-term commercial customer for the full-motion EC 135/EC 145 training device at its Grand Prairie, Texas campus. Stat MedEvac will use the simulator to train EC 135 and EC 145 air medical service crews operating in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Army began using the simulator last December to train crews for the UH-72A Lakota, an EC 145 variant.
Eurocopter is offering an EC 135 helicopter flight simulator at its training facility in Donauwörth, Germany. The simulator features a full-motion system with six degrees of freedom. It can display daylight, twilight and night conditions as well as any weather situation, according to the helicopter maker. Its mission spectrum includes rescue operations in snowy mountains.
CAE’s Burgess Hill UK flight training center–located near London Gatwick airport–has received FAA certification for Part 142 training. The approval allows the center to conduct FAA-approved training, testing and certification for type ratings on the Falcon 7X, 900EX EASy and 2000EX EASy. Training programs for the aircraft are certified by the FAA and the European JAA.
Electrical actuation for motion and control loading has been in use on military simulators for a while, but FlightSafety International says that its new Citation Sovereign simulator (which the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently approved to the Level D standard) is the world’s first civil full flight simulator whose motion and control loading are powered by electricity rather than hydraulics.
With two major players in the field of simulator training for business aviation, competition for a larger share of the market is a constant, and innovation has driven both CAE SimuFlite and FlightSafety International to seek the advantage by continually upgrading and improving their respective curricula and systems.
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