Recently I was fortunate to experience something that is probably fairly ordinary for most corporate pilots, initial type rating training at a simulator training center. I had the opportunity to complete a Citation V type rating initial course at FlightSafety International’s Long Beach, Calif., learning center. And for a pilot who hasn’t spend much time in a two-pilot cockpit environment nor flying a jet, the experience was tremendously beneficial, illuminating and hugely enjoyable.
Dassault Falcon’s certified practical training program has passed the 300th trainee mark. The program, which provides training for Falcon operators and service center personnel, recently graduated Wu Jian Ming from Business Aviation Asia in China.
China’s Avic International is going into the flight training business. The group announced at Airshow China 2012 yesterday that it is bringing to China a new company, Alabama-based Zulu Flight Training, to address the need for general aviation pilot training in China. Zulu Flight Training opened its first training center in the U.S. last July.
Air traffic service academy Entry Point North is offering on-site training in a specially equipped mobile simulation trailer. During September and October, up to 30 tower controllers from Aviation Capacity Resources, a private Swedish air navigation service provider, received emergency training provided in the mobile simulator that was put into operation next to their tower units at Stockholm Västerås and Växjö.
FlightSafety International is moving to expand and upgrade its helicopter training portfolio substantially, according to David Davenport, vice president of operations.
“Helicopter training has been a high-growth business for FlightSafety for many years. We have always been the factory-authorized training provider for Bell and Sikorsky. We’ve also tried to branch out into highly successful helicopters such as the [Eurocopter] EC135 and [AgustaWestland] AW139,” Davenport said.
FlightSafety International’s Orlando Learning Center caters to the full range of Cessna Citation clients. Many return to the center for recurrent training while their aircraft undergo maintenance across the street at Cessna’s factory-owned and -operated regional service center.
FlyRight, the Concord, N.C.-based Part 142 King Air training provider, will begin providing both King Air 200 and 300 type ratings to Part 91 and Part 135 operators next year both the U.S. and elsewhere. King Air 300-series training will include sessions in the company’s new 350 simulator to be installed at Concord. The King Air 350 simulator features Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics with three displays, including both left- and right-side primary flight displays. FlyRight (Booth No. 3367) says that its recently approved King Air 200 type-rating program makes it the only U.S.
SimCom CEO Wally David is optimistic about growth prospects for his Orlando, Fla.-based aircraft simulator training company, even though he concedes that business has been flat over the past year. “We haven’t seen much pickup in our side of the market, which includes light and midsize jet training, as well as for pistons and turboprops,” he said. “This is because of a general lack of confidence in the economy and the many unknowns, the largest of which is the uncertainty over the U.S. elections.”
FlightSafety International is revamping its classroom curricula to be more participatory and less pedagogical. The company says students learn more and faster by doing as opposed to listening to a traditional lecture. The theory is not new, but its application to typical ground school instruction, combined with high-tech training devices, is. “It’s a new approach to the way we deliver training,” said Greg McGowan, FlightSafety International (FSI) senior vice president of operations.
The European Helicopter Safety Team (Ehest) has published a “training leaflet” for single-pilot operations, in a bid to curb accidents stemming from poor decision-making. The document highlights common errors and suggests strategies to prevent a pilot from being caught in a fatal spiral of events after having chosen the wrong option.