Instrument-rated helicopter pilots are an expensive resource, particularly in the UK. Making the jump to a helicopter instrument rating (IR) has always demanded a significant investment in instructor and aircraft time, primarily because a lack of suitable simulators meant the vast proportion of the training–in the UK at least– could only be carried out aloft.
In the fall, CAE SimuFlite is scheduled to have its first Citation X simulator ready for initial and recurrent pilot and mechanic training. The FAA level-D simulator, installed at SimuFlite’s Dallas facility, is equipped with a Honeywell SPZ-7600 digital autoflight control system, Universal UNS-1D flight management system with GPS, Enhanced GPWS, TCAS II and moving-map display.
FlightSafety International disclosed the initial selection of simulators to be installed next year at the company’s new training center in Farnborough, England, now under construction. The facility, scheduled to open early next year, will initially provide pilot training for the King Air 200, Citation CJ2, Citation Bravo, Gulfstream IV and Hawker 800XP.
Simcom Training Centers last month opened a 67,000-sq-ft facility adjacent to Florida’s Orlando International Airport. The new building has space to install additional simulators and training devices beyond the initial ones for the Citation II, Learjet 35/36, Hawker 800XP, TBM 700, Pilatus PC-12 and Piper Meridian. Simcom currently offers training programs on Citations and Learjets at its parent training facility in Miami.
SimCom Training Centers, which operates training facilities in Orlando and Vero Beach, Fla., and Glendale and Scottsdale, Ariz., announced additions to its simulator fleet and a recently leased facility. The facility is the former 40,000-sq-ft Lockheed Martin Training Center in Orlando, and it houses three simulators: a new Beechjet 400A level C, a Dornier 328 Jet level D and a Jetstream 41 level C.
Canadian training specialist CAE SimuFlite (Booth No. 5813) announced at NBAA’07 that it has launched an expansion of its global training network by adding 16 new business jet training programs to its operations. And with this expansion, CAE will be offering training on 90 percent of all active and in-production business aircraft, the company said.
The FAA has awarded FlightSafety International (Booth Nos. 5051 and 5250) a single Part 142 certificate for its network of learning centers. The certificate is to be presented here today at the FlightSafety exhibit.
New technology and tactics are changing flight training against the backdrop of a declining pilot base, fewer student pilot starts and a shortage of flight instructors.
Montreal-based flight simulator manufacturer and operator CAE announced last month it will acquire flight-safety company Flightscape in a deal worth approximately C$18 million. Flightscape designs software that enables the study and interpretation of recorded flight data.
CAE SimuFlite has relocated its Sikorsky S-76 simulator to its new Northeast facility, near Morristown Airport, N.J., from its headquarters at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. SimuFlite’s Sikorsky S-76 simulator can be reconfigured between the S-76C+ and S-76B, and is the only S-76 level-D simulator to feature full-size chin windows, according to the company.