Beginning in January 2025, pilots in Europe will be able to receive training in a new Cessna Citation CJ3+/M2 Gen2 convertible full-flight simulator at FlightSafety International’s Farnborough, UK learning center. The simulator is being manufactured by Textron’s TRU Simulation + Training division.
Equipped with a third-generation control loading system, the simulator features real aircraft parts and Garmin’s G3000 avionics, providing a more realistic experience for trainees. FlightSafety’s Vital 1150 image-generation system provides the simulator's visuals, including high-resolution airfield models and imagery projected onto a 200- by 40-degree display. The electric motion base uses TRU’s RealCue system with 42-inch-stroke actuators. TRU’s latest simulator frame design accommodates configurable seating and arrangement of the instructor station and ease of access to internal equipment to maintain the device.
“Our customers rely on us to design and deliver the best aviation experience, and that includes supporting them throughout their entire aircraft ownership journey,” said Duncan Van De Velde, Textron Aviation v-p sales for Europe.
“We are excited to expand our extensive Cessna Citation training network into the region,” said Brian Moore, CEO and director of operations at FlightSafety Textron Aviation Training. “Our partnership with Textron Aviation and TRU will provide a high-fidelity training device and enable us to deliver a high-quality training experience to our mutual customers.”