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The conference, regarded as the flight training community’s annual general meeting, will be attracting 180+ senior officers from around the world to discuss and debate the best way to reduce training gaps for both fixed wing and rotary platforms as technology continually progresses.
Northrop Grumman, who will be showcasing their aircrew training capabilities at Military Flight Training 2014, are well established in this community. Greg Schmidt, Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Solutions and Readiness Division at Northrop Grumman Corporation, said:
"Northrop Grumman is keenly focused on delivering innovative training solutions that are affordable and address not only today’s, but also tomorrow's mission requirements.
March 2, 2014, 2:15 AM
The EASA has published a new requirement in certification–“operational suitability data” (OSD)–mandating that aircraft manufacturers, including those building helicopters, submit data the EASA considers important for safe operations. OSD covers pilot, maintenance staff and simulator qualification; the master minimum equipment list (MMEL); and possibly other areas, depending on the aircraft’s systems. The EASA hopes OSD will contribute to “address[ing] the recommendations investigators make in accident reports,” EASA certification director Norbert Lohl said during a conference in December.
Training center's future uncertain
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· Workers are in the process of dismantling the mine simulator at the Jerry L. Stewart Mine Safety Training Center as state officials weigh the future of the facility in Cadiz.
By Jon Baker
Times-Reporter staff writer
Posted Mar. 2, 2014 @ 7:00 am
Workers are in the process of dismantling the mine simulator at the Jerry L. Stewart Mine Safety Training Center as state officials weigh the future of the facility in Cadiz.
An engineering study completed in September determined that the simulator is a fire hazard, according to Mark Bruce, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which operates the facility.
The simulator occupies a large portion of the warehouse-type building in the Cadiz Industrial Park. The structure is owned by the Cadiz Community Improvement Corp. and leased to Tappan Holdings, which in turn leases the facility to ODNR.
FIVE HELICOPTER AND FIXED-WING SIMULATORS EQUIPPED WITH FLIGHTSAFETY’S NEW VITAL 1100 VISUAL SYSTEM QUALIFIED TO LEVEL D
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· Three additional VITAL 1100 equipped simulators to be qualified early in 2014
LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (January 21, 2014) – FlightSafety International announces that five of its
simulators equipped with the recently introduced VITAL 1100 visual system have been qualified to Level
D by EASA and the FAA. Three additional VITAL 1100 equipped simulators are scheduled to receive
Level D qualification in the next few months.
“The VITAL 1100 is leading the industry with unprecedented fidelity and training
effectiveness,” said John Van Maren, Vice President, Simulation.
The first VITAL 1100 visual system equipped simulator to receive Level D qualification from
EASA was FlightSafety’s Sikorsky S-92 located in Stavanger, Norway. The first simulators that feature the
VITAL 1100 to be qualified to Level D and approved by the FAA include FlightSafety’s AgustaWestland
AW-139 and Sikorsky S-92 simulators in Lafayette, Louisiana, an Embraer 190 simulator in St. Louis,
Missouri, and a Night Vision Goggle qualified Eurocopter EC-135 simulator in Dallas, Texas.
The next three VITAL 1100 equipped simulators to be qualified to Level D include an Embraer 170
in St. Louis, a second Eurocopter EC-135 in Dallas, and the company’s third Gulfstream G650 simulator
that will be installed in Long Beach, California.
“Customer feedback as well as the EASA and FAA simulator qualifications with this new
generation visual system confirm we are exceeding our goals to provide exceptional realism and the
most effective visual training environment,” said Jon Hester, General Manager, Visual Systems.
The computational performance of VITAL 1100 is up to five times greater than that of its
predecessor. This significantly enhances training by providing mission-specific environments rich in high
definition imagery and 3D content. Rendering techniques based on real world physics are used with
unprecedented environmental effects, dynamic shadowing and enhanced shading.
VITAL 1100 can provide system resolutions that are well over 20 million pixels for a typical out
the window field of view of 200 degrees horizontally. The system also allows much greater fields of view
with a corresponding increase in pixel resolution. This increase in resolution capability offers a substantial
improvement in visual acuity whether on short final in a fixed wing aircraft, or during hover/land
maneuvering in a helicopter.
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL TO OFFER TRAINING FOR THE SIKORSKY S-92 IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
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· LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (February 23, 2014) – FlightSafety International announces that it
will offer training for the Sikorsky S-92 in São Paulo, Brazil. Training using a new Level D qualified
full flight simulator is expected to begin in Q3 2014.
“Offering training for the Sikorsky S-92 in São Paulo demonstrates our commitment to
support Sikorsky and to provide Customers with the highest quality training in locations that are
convenient for our Customers.” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO.
The Sikorsky S-92 full flight simulator will be equipped with FlightSafety’s latest advances
in technology including the recently introduced VITAL 1100 visual system and Crewview glass
mirror optical system. VITAL 1100 offers unprecedented fidelity and significantly enhances training
by providing mission-specific imagery with vastly improved scene content, environmental effects,
dynamic shadowing, enhanced shading, and unprecedented levels of detail.
The Crewview glass mirror enhances visual clarity and brightness while eliminating image
degradation and distortion in the critical boundary areas inherent in many traditional display systems.
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL INSTALLS NEW AIRBUS EC135 HELICOPTER SIMULATOR IN DALLAS
LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (February 23, 2014) – FlightSafety International announces the
installation of its new Airbus EC135 helicopter simulator in Dallas, Texas. Training is expected
to begin in April 2014 following FAA Level D qualification.
Training is expected to begin in April 2014 following FAA Level D qualification
“Installing a new Airbus EC135 helicopter simulator in Dallas shows FlightSafety’s
commitment and ability to respond quickly to Customer needs,” said Steve Gross, Vice
President Sales. “They will appreciate and benefit from the latest advances in technology
including FlightSafety’s VITAL 1100 visual system and electric motion and control loading.”
Rockwell Collins and Bluesky sign final agreement to form ACCEL (Tianjin) Flight Simulation Co. LTD.
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· Tianjin, China (Jan. 15, 2014) – Rockwell Collins and Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology, an AVIC subsidiary, today signed a final agreement to establish ACCEL (Tianjin) Flight Simulation Co. LTD. Joint Venture (JV).
LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager, Simulation and Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, (right front) and Mr. Jin Dongsheng, chairman, Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology (left front) shake hands on the ACCEL Flight Simulation joint venture(Click for larger version)
The JV, with equal shares owned by the two entities, will create a simulation and training center of excellence in China for commercial flight simulation and training solutions.
Under the terms of the agreement, signed today by LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager, Simulation and Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, and Mr. Jin Dongsheng, chairman, Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology, both parties are contributing financing, tangible assets and intellectual property to design, manufacture, sell and support the commercial flight simulators for China and eventually the global market. The JV has selected Tianjin Airport Economic Area as its location, a major and growing hub for the aviation and aerospace industry in China.
ACCEL will utilize Rockwell Collins CORE™ Simulation Architecture technology and leading visual systems, and Bluesky’s expertise on Chinese commercial aircraft flight simulation training solutions and local service and support.
“With this agreement, Rockwell Collins and BlueSky are transferring all of their commercial simulation systems business to the JV to create a global center of excellence,” said Ridgeway. “It marks the strongest collaboration yet between our two organizations, and is a monumental step in developing the fastest growing region in the world for commercial simulation and training.”
Singapore Airlines and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a flight training joint venture in Singapore
The facility will be called Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) and will be 55%-owned by Airbus and 45%-owned by Singapore Airlines. The two parties will initially contribute approximately SGD80 million towards AATC, in proportion to their respective shareholdings. Subject to regulatory approvals, operations are expected to begin before the end of 2014.
The Singapore centre will initially operate from the SIA Training Centre near Changi Airport before moving to Seletar Aerospace Park when a dedicated facility is completed. It will provide type rating and recurrent training on full-flight simulators for Airbus A320, A330, A340, A350 and A380 aircraft types.
“Demand for air travel is forecast to continue growing steadily in the Asia-Pacific region and the joint venture will help the industry keep pace with training requirements,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.
Bombardier, Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation and FlightSafety International Sign Letter of Intent to Establish Q400 NextGen Aircraft Pilot Training
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February 11, 2014 Singapore
Aerospace, Press Release
Pilot training centre to be located in Jiangsu, one of China’s most affluent and fast-growing provinces
Announcement follows an earlier landmark agreement, a letter of intent for 30 Q400 NextGen aircraft, with Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation Industry
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it has co-signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation and FlightSafety International to establish a local training centre for pilots of its Q400 NextGen aircraft.
Under the LOI, Bombardier would provide planning support for aircraft training activities, and FlightSafety International, Bombardier’s authorized provider of turboprop pilot training, would supply and operate a Q400 aircraft full-flight simulator at the new training centre to be set up with the support of Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation in China’s Jiangsu province.
The LOI was signed during Asia’s largest aviation trade event, the 2014 Singapore Airshow.
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Phoenix, AZ, has taken delivery of two Piper Archer FTDs and a Piper Seminole FTD built by Frasca. These are the first devices featuring Piper’s newest Avionics configuration which include G1000 and Aspen standby instruments. In addition, Frasca has upgraded a Diamond DA40 and is building a FAA Level 5 CJ1+ to be used in their MPL Program. (January 10, 2014)
THE INITIAL FULL-FLIGHT SIMULATOR FOR AIRBUS HELICOPTERS’ EC175 IS COMPLETED BY INDRA FOR SERVICE START-UP THIS SUMMER
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· Pilot training with the first Level D full-flight simulator for Airbus Helicopters’ new EC175 rotorcraft will be available from this summer, using an Indra-built system located at the Airbus Helicopters Training Services facility in Marignane, France.
Its near-term availability, announced today at the Heli-Expo 2014 convention in Anaheim, California, will enable pilot training to begin ahead of the first EC175 customer deliveries later in 2014. This motion-based full-flight simulator incorporates a state-of-the-art visual projection system with a 210 deg. by 80 deg. continuous field of view to recreate the most realistic flight conditions for immersive training.
Development of the simulator has been a collaborative effort. Indra experts worked closely with their Airbus Helicopters counterparts to develop the simulator in parallel with the aircraft’s development. Thereby the simulator data package by Airbus Helicopters ensures that the flight model and all aircraft systems of the simulator are emulated fully identical with the real aircraft.
Gulf Helicopters orders AW189 simulator for Doha training base
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Qatar-based Gulf Helicopters has ordered an AW189 EASA CS-FSTD(H) FFS Level C Simulator from AgustaWestland, to support its pilot development training needs for the recently announced purchase of 15 AW189 medium twin-engine helicopters.
The simulator, growing the AW189 global training reach across the Middle Eastern region, is to be delivered in offshore oil and gas configuration and is set to expand Gulf Helicopters’ training capability as an AgustaWestland Authorised Training Centre (ATC) and regional hub.
Doha-based Gulf Helicopters provides training services using an AW139 Level B Full Flight Simulator (FFS) certified by the UK’s CAA as a FFS as per JAR-FSTD H to Level B which incorporates the latest technical advancements in flight simulation and “state-of-the-art” graphic displays.
Feds invest $250M in Montreal-based flight simulator company CAE
CAE 7000 Series Full-Flight Simulator
A glimpse of the CAE 7000 Series Full-Flight Simulator.
MONTREAL – Flight simulator company CAE is moving ahead with a $700-million project to develop its next generation of simulation platforms over five years – with help from the federal government.
Denis Lebel, the minister responsible for economic development for Quebec, announced a $250 million loan.
Lockheed Martin says Canada's aerospace industry could lose about $10.5 billion worth of contracts over several decades if the federal government ultimately decides not to purchase the controversial F35 Stealth Fighter. A F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is seen in a hangar in Ottawa on July 16, 2010. F-35-maker signs deal with CAE in anticipation of Canadian program resuming
CAE announces commercial airline training, other contracts worth $245M
CAE’s military division awarded $90 million of contracts from several customers
In making the announcement during a visit to CAE’s Montreal headquarters Thursday, Lebel said the money will help the world’s largest maker of aircraft simulators to keep its competitive edge.
“The market is changing quickly and with this support, they will be able to play the game against any competitors,” he told reporters.
Helicopter Simulators Finally Becoming Key Training Tools
A pilot undergoes training in one of FlightSafety’s Bell 430 simulators.
February 25, 2014, 7:40 AM
The civil helicopter industry is, at last, taking advantage of simulators in pilot training decades after the fixed-wing aircraft industry began to do so. Simulators are proliferating around the world and, after having been concentrated in the medium-twin segment, now also include light turbine singles. The emergence of rotorcraft simulators in recent years was prompted by a combination of factors: technology, cost, insurance and a realization that the industry must improve a poor safety record.