Urbana, Ill.-based simulator manufacturer Frasca International (Booth No. 1839) has received an order from Purdue University for an Embraer Phenom FAA level-6 flight training device (FTD). It will include the same Garmin Prodigy avionics found in the aircraft and will be used in the university’s professional pilot training program.
FlightSafety International (FSI) comes to this year’s NBAA convention highlighting a string of accomplishments, including a new partnership with Embraer, a training agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), its expansion of helicopter training programs and news of an enhanced product that allows trainees to “fly” virtual airplane missions during classroom training.
CAE’s expansion strategy is paying off. The Saint-Laurent, Quebec-based company (Booth No. 6903) has grown rapidly since it was founded in 1947 and now operates training facilities on six continents. It also offers enhanced services using technology tools to deliver training not only to aviation customers but also to the healthcare, mining/heavy equipment and energy industries.
Just when we might have thought that flight simulators are about as “leading edge” as they can get, it turns out that the engineers have been busy developing new concepts.
King Schools, distributor for Redbird Flight Simulation’s desktop TD and TD2 flight training devices, demonstrated a new Redbird feature, the Parrot context-aware ATC simulator. Parrot responds to student radio calls depending on the “position” of the simulator. For example, before takeoff from a busy airport, the student will have to call clearance delivery to obtain a clearance, then ground, then tower.
The FAA has granted provisional approval to Boeing Training & Flight Services for its 787 Dreamliner pilot training courses, according to the company. Boeing expects the training program to allow experienced 777 pilots to qualify to fly the 787 in as little as five days, given the high level of commonality between the models.
CAE has announced recent business covering civil and military flight and mission simulators, as well as other equipment and services. The company said Bombardier Aerospace, ATR, Vietnam Airlines and a U.S.-based airline have ordered four full-flight simulators (FFSs) worth just over $52.5 million.
While best known for its comprehensive aviation training courses and its lineup of flight simulation devices, CAE has moved further upstream into the aircraft design process with new modeling and simulator products. The Canada-based company’s augmented engineering environment (AEE) is a suite of software and hardware products that will assist aircraft manufacturers with the design and systems integration of prototypes.
iXMotion, a French supplier of mechanical, electronic and software engineering and systems and a manufacturer of motion simulators, is here at Farnborough (Hall 1 Stand A15) exhibiting its range of antenna station platforms, also known as positioners. The company began delivering the platforms two years ago and currently is completing several contracts.
FlightSafety International (Booth No. 1643) plans to begin offering Dassault Falcon 7X training at its Dallas/Fort Worth Learning Center, starting in January 2011.
The syllabus will include comprehensive training programs, full-flight simulator time and the Matrix integrated system. It will offer an enhanced flight visual system, head-up guidance, emergency vision assurance and electronic flight bag.