CAE has been selected by Bombardier to provide engineering services and a flight simulator for the C Series narrowbody aircraft. The Canadian company will supply a so-called augmented engineering environment, which includes test support equipment under the hardware-in-the-loop concept. The idea is to have the tested system “believe” it is in a real aircraft.
CAE has won a series of contracts from prime contractor Lockheed Martin and undisclosed customers to design and build four C-130 simulators and several training devices for military customers around the world.
China’s Xi’an Aviation Science and Technology Company (XASC) has awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to develop a simulation and training program for the Xi’an Aircraft (XAC) MA-60 and MA-600 regional turboprops. Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins will use its CORE simulation architecture to supply key components of the MA-60 full-flight simulator and the MA-600 training device.
“Everything we do at Collins we do for a strategic reason,” said Kent Statler, executive vice president, Rockwell Collins Services, speaking of the avionics major’s strengthening foray into the simulation and training market.
A new simulator designed with the latest training approaches in mind is the physical manifestation of a new customer-oriented business approach at Thales’s UK-based simulation and training arm.
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.
Eurocopter (Booth No. 7010) and Thales will design and build the first-ever simulator for the medium-weight, twin-engine Dauphin AS 365 N3 helicopter for Héli-Union of France. Expected to be operational beginning in 2011 at Héli-Union’s training center in Angoulême, the simulator has the support of Angoulême’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI).
A proposed rule that calls for a sweeping overhaul of flight crew and dispatcher training has certainly piqued the interest of RAA vice president of technical affairs Dave Lotterer, but for all the wrong reasons.
There’s a good reason for the new-car smell of the Merlin Simulation Pro Series Sikorsky 300C (nee Schweizer 300C) advanced aviation training device (AATD) the company is demonstrating at Heli-Expo. The device received FAA approval at the beginning of this month and the one here was just built. The unit used for approval is already with flight-training school Rotors of the Rockies in Colorado. Three more are on order.
A group of industry representatives from helicopter OEMs, training companies and operators is close to submitting to the International Civil Aviation Organization a formal framework of recommendations aimed at standardizing flight training devices. The work began three years ago and will eventually consume 80,000 man hours and cost between $5 million and $8 million.