Rockwell Collins, known primarily for its avionics products, will enter the simulator market by acquiring NLX Holding from Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C. private-equity firm. NLX, based in Sterling, Va., builds civil and military simulators and has provided business aircraft simulators to SimuFlite and Pan Am International Flight Academy.
CAE’s Burgess Hill UK flight training center–located near London Gatwick airport–has received FAA certification for Part 142 training. The approval allows the center to conduct FAA-approved training, testing and certification for type ratings on the Falcon 7X, 900EX EASy and 2000EX EASy. Training programs for the aircraft are certified by the FAA and the European JAA.
The FAA’s proposed Part 60 “Flight Simulation Device Initial and Continuing Qualification and Use” continues slowly on its journey toward implementation, but obstacles still stand in the way. As proposed, the new regulation would replace several existing advisory circulars and implement greater organization and structure to the construction, qualification and use of all types of flight simulation devices.
Eliminating the seam between the classroom and simulator has been the goal for both FlightSafety and SimuFlite lately, and both companies displayed “virtual simulators” that enhance the realism of classroom sessions by harnessing the power of a simulator’s computers to drive more comprehensive and more deeply layered visual classroom presentations.
Acoustic and thermal insulation manufacturer Flight Environments believes it has solved the problem of trying to demonstrate exactly what its products do in terms of quieting corporate aircraft interiors–short of chartering two jets, one with the company’s treatment and one without. The Columbia, S.C.
Toronto-based flight simulator maker CAE completed its acquisition of Schreiner Aviation Training of the Netherlands. Schreiner operates 19 simulators located in Europe and the U.S. In April, CAE acquired the former BAE Systems simulation and training division in Tampa, Fla.z
The FAA has approved the enhanced vision system (EVS) recently installed in a Gulfstream V flight simulator at FlightSafety’s Savannah, Ga. training center. The first pilots have completed EVS training in the level-D simulator and at press time were preparing to fly the real thing.
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.
Piaggio Aero and FlightSafety International have expanded their training services agreement, whereby they will place another Piaggio aircraft simulator at FlightSafety’s West Palm Beach, Fla. learning center in 2008. The new Avanti II simulator is being manufactured by FlightSafety and will receive level-D approval. It will be equipped with FlightSafety’s Vital visual system and electric-motion and control-loading technology.
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.