Simulator manufacturer Opinicus is in the final stages of completing four full-motion simulators and one fixed training device for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. FAA certification of the full-motion simulator is expected in the third quarter, according to Opinicus president Jim Takats, with training set to begin at Eclipse headquarters in September.
Montreal-based flight simulator manufacturer and training provider CAE inaugurated its newest business aviation training center in Morristown, N.J., on June 7. The well attended festivities kicked off with a high-flying aerial acrobat and featured a GIV simulator programmed to dance to big-band swing.
For years, airshow crowds have been wowed by the superlative demonstrations of Russian fighters, but now visitors here at Le Bourget can sample the delights of flying such aircraft themselves. On the Sukhoi stand (Hall 4, Stand G15) a Su-35 flight simulator creates a realistic atmosphere not to be taken lightly by those prone to air sickness.
Canadian simulator builder CAE has introduced the third generation of its Simfinity cockpit procedures trainer, this one adding a so-called lesson plan studio for instructors and a virtual instructor feature that lets students create self-paced lessons.The Simfinity trainer consists of a number of LCD touch-screen displays positioned to replicate the cockpit of a given aircraft model.
Canadian simulator maker CAE notched sales of three of the company’s 7000 Series full-flight simulators in deals valued at around $45 million. The contracts cover a Boeing 747-8 Freighter simulator for Cargolux International Airlines, a Boeing 777-300ER for Dubai flag carrier Emirates and an Embraer ERJ-145 destined for Hainan Airlines, China’s fourth largest air carrier.
AgustaWestland has won a contract from the UK government’s cabinet office to supply resilience training. These services will be provided as part of the Project Gold Standard, which aims at effective management of emergencies and disasters. AgustaWestland will teach strategic Gold commanders using courses, simulation and exercises. The first Gold Standard Exercise is pegged for June 25.
Embraer has selected the CAE Burgess Hill, UK training center as the European training location for the Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet. CAE will provide instruction in its Simfinity training devices, which use the same simulation software as the CAE full flight simulators. Training will begin in 2009 to coincide with the first projected Phenom 100 delivery in Europe.
Flight training provider CAE SimuFlite won’t hold the grand opening ceremony commemorating the start of operations at its Northeast Training Center in Morristown, N.J., until this month, but pilots have already been strapping into the brand-new Falcon 7X simulator for initial training.
FlightSafety International (FSI) plans to build a Hawker 750 simulator for installation at its UK training center at Farnborough Airport an hour southwest of London. In addition, FSI (Booth No. 220) will offer Gulfstream G450 and G550 training programs there using an interchangeable level-D simulator planned for operation starting in late 2009.
Dassault is increasingly using tactile virtual reality (VR) to design its Falcon business jets. Haptic (from the Greek for sense of touch) interfaces, such as force-feedback arms, allow engineers to better check maintainability early in the design phase. Along with several partners, the French manufacturer (Booth No. 7514) is integrating these tools into its Catia v5 product lifecycle management (PLM) suite of software programs.