Euramec is expanding into business aviation with a line of flight training devices for business aircraft as a way to lower operators’ costs of initial and recurrent training, the Belgium-based designer and manufacturer of flight training devices (FTD) and simulators announced. To start, it will offer FTDs for Cessna Citations and Beechcraft King Airs.
“Training optimization is a major focus for all operators,” Euramec CEO Bert Buyle said. “Recurrent training costs take up a large portion of the budget for business jet operators, due to limited availabilities of [full] flight simulators. Upcoming changes in EASA regulations allow use of fixed-base training devices for certain recurrent training programs. Our devices will dramatically reduce the cost of this training.”
Later, Euramec expects to add procedures trainers for business aircraft mechanics for specific tasks such as engine startup and shutdown. It already has a foothold in general aviation, noting strong demand for its Diamond DA-40 and DA-42 flight simulators and customized cockpit trainers for other major OEMs. It also recently received a federal grant to develop an Airbus A320 flight simulator, a certifiable device it expects to reach the market in 2020.