TRU Inks Deal with RFDS for King Air Sim in Australia

 - October 4, 2022, 1:34 PM
TRU Simulation + Training will provide a level-D King Air simulator for the Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland Section. It will be housed at a new facility in Bundaberg, Australia, and is set to be in service in 2023. (Photo: TRU Simulation + Training)

TRU Simulation + Training has signed a deal to build a Beechcraft King Air full-flight simulator for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland Section in Australia. The level-D simulator—which can be reconfigured for the King Air 250/260 and 350/360—will be housed in a new training facility next to the operator’s base in Bundaberg. It is expected to receive qualification by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia and be ready for training in 2023.

“The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a highly respected organization that provides life-saving services throughout Australia, and TRU is honored to be a part of ensuring its pilots have the best quality training device and support possible,” said TRU v-p and general manager Jerry Messaris. “As the simulator will be reconfigurable between various King Air 200 and 300-series aircraft, this will ensure the RFDS can meet all of its pilot training needs.”

In 2021, the RFDS Queensland Section placed an order for four cargo-door and heavy weight operations package-equipped King Air 360CHWs. The aeromedical organization recently acquired two additional King Airs and placed an order for another, which will bring its King Air 360 fleet to seven aircraft. These new turboprop twins add to RFDS’s already sizeable King Air fleet, which is used to deliver aeromedical retrievals and provide healthcare services to regional, rural, and remote Queenslanders.