Canada’s CAE announced last week that a Boeing 777 full-flight simulator (FFS) built for Delta Air Lines is the first to achieve level-D qualification under the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s new FAR Part 60 rule. At the end of May, the FAA implemented more standardized and stringent qualification requirements for initial and continuing use of flight simulation training devices (FSTD).
French-Italian regional turboprop manufacturer Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) is considering a new aircraft to complement its 46/50 passenger ATR 42 and 68/74-seat ATR 72 regional turboprop aircraft. CEO Stéphane Mayer confirmed that the airframer is studying a larger turboprop, probably to seat between 90 and 100 seats, and options including a two- or three-member family. “A stretch [of today’s ATR 72] is not a solution,” he said.
The new Series 5000 full flight simulator that CAE inaugurated recently at its Burgess Hill training center near Gatwick is the first example of a new design intended as a more affordable alternative to the company’s established 7000 series.
Russian simulator and avionics specialist Transas is expanding its flight-training portfolio for both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. The company is also engaged in an ongoing program to equip Russian aircraft with the terrain avoidance and warning systems (TAWS) that they need to fly on international routes.
FlightSafety Boeing Training International (FSB) officially opened its new UK training center at London Luton Airport over the summer. The 35,000-sq-ft facility is equipped with a pair of Boeing 737-300 full-flight simulators, a 737-700/800/900 (New Generation) unit and a 757 unit.
ProFlight Proficiency Flight Training of Carlsbad, Calif., will soon be adding a Citation CJ3 simulation device to its training platform. The Fidelity Flight Simulation device includes a Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite with a three-screen display, APP-85 AFCS, FMS-3000 flight management system and electronic charting capabilities, in addition to a six-axis motion base and a cross-cockpit visual display.
Beechjet 400/400A pilot training is now available on a new simulator at SimuFlite’s Dallas headquarters. The simulator features Collins Pro Line 4 avionics. SimuFlite plans to add King Air 350 simulator training next month and Hawker 800XP simulator training in the summer.
“Aircraft insurance is a fairly pragmatic business,” stressed Jim Harris, executive vice president of AIG Aviation, Atlanta. “We put very high liability limits on our clients–$100 to $300 million and even higher on some Fortune 500 companies. Considering we’re insuring $20 million aircraft flying near the speed of sound with millionaire executives on board, training is paramount in our book.”
Next month, the first very light jet (VLJ) full-flight simulator to enter service outside the U.S. will be approved for training Cessna Citation Mustang pilots. The simulator, installed at FlightSafety International’s Farnborough facilities in the UK, will begin training in August and is already booked through the end of this year.
Global Express simulator training will be launched late next year by FlightSafety International. FlightSafety Simulation in Tulsa, Okla., is currently manufacturing an FAA level-D simulator that will be delivered to an as yet to be decided FlightSafety training facility “most convenient” for Global Express customers.