“It doesn’t matter how small the operation, training is a key component to safety and success,” Sarah MacLeod, executive director of the Alexandria, Va.-based Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) told AIN. “Training for FAR Part 145 repair facilities has been an issue for the 17 years I’ve been in aviation, and even a lot longer before then. Shops that don’t recognize this deserve to go under.”
When Nick Leontidis, CAE’s executive vice president of civil training and equipment, tossed down the gauntlet, saying, “We’re going after FlightSafety…we believe we have a better product to offer…” (AIN, July, page 64), his competitor wasn’t about to let that claim go unchallenged.
Technical and operational requirements for simulators and flight-training devices (FTDs) will be updated and consolidated into one new rule–FAR Part 60–if an FAA proposal is adopted. Part 60 would also require simulator and FTD providers to have an FAA-approved quality-assurance program, currently a voluntary item. Comments are due December 24.
With the opening of its new 67,000-sq-ft training center in Orlando, Fla. last October, Pan Am International Flight Academy underscored its intention to further expand into the business of simulator training for business aviation.
With the opening of its new northern Virginia regional airline training center last fall, Pan Am International Flight Academy served notice of its commitment as “a dependable, credible and trustworthy training partner,” said Ralph Leach, director of regional aircraft training.
“We’re going after FlightSafety,” Nick Leontidis, CAE’s executive vice president of civil aviation training and equipment, told AIN. “They may have created the business aviation simulation market, but we believe we have a better product.” He said current customer expectations are “far behind what the commercial airline market has enjoyed for many years in terms of quality of service.”
Simulator maker CAE last month announced that Bombardier has awarded the company the simulation development contract for the CRJ900 regional jet and upgrades to four CRJ700 simulators. In addition, Calgary-based airline WestJet has agreed to purchase a Boeing 737-700 flight simulator for installation at the airline’s training facility.
The FAA plans to deploy new air traffic tower simulators throughout the U.S. to help train thousands of new air traffic controllers in an operational environment that is interactive and realistic. It has been using tower simulators for training in Chicago, Miami, Phoenix and Ontario, Calif., since 2006. In December the FAA awarded a contract to Adacel Systems of Orlando, Fla., to provide another 24 simulators.�
SimCom instructor Ted Otto knows the PC-12. With about 3,000 hours flying the roomy single-engine Swiss turboprop, Otto is one of those rare pilots who not only knows his subject intimately but also knows how to share his knowledge with pilots who travel to SimCom Training Centers’ Orlando, Fla. headquarters to learn how to fly the PC-12.
FlightSafety International said it plans to open a helicopter learning center in Lafayette, La., in the fourth quarter of this year. The first full-motion flight simulator scheduled for installation at the center is a Sikorsky S-76C+/++. The Lafayette learning center will focus on offshore operations training as well as courses targeting most helicopter types operating in the Gulf.