Boeing Training & Flight Services has started flight-certification training for the new 787 ‘Dreamliner’, after receiving provisional approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Seattle-based flight training devices.
The training programme includes work on a 787 flat-panel training device and a 787 full-flight simulator. Both devices are manufactured by Thales.
“The innovations of the 787 have inspired us to develop the most effective training curriculum, based on our customers' training needs, matched with efficient delivery and modern simulation tools,” says Sherry Carbary, vice-president of flight services at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The FAA’s provisional approval will become full approval once the aircraft is fully certificated. Boeing says that local FAA offices will approve training courses customized for individual operators, which may be initially also be based on provisional approvals.
Boeing Training & Flight Services now has eight training suites at locations around the world – in Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Seattle and London’s Gatwick airport. The company has more than 400 customers, while its training and services programmes are accepted by more than 100 regulatory agencies.
Separately, Boeing’s training arm has completed an update of the visual systems on three 767-300 full-flight simulators operated by All Nippon Airways (ANA) in Tokyo. The upgrade enhances the realism and quality of the training and ensures conformity with the latest regulatory requirements.
“ANA is pleased with our partnership with Boeing Training & Flight Services and that they have shared their expertise and knowledge to assist us with the enhancement and upgrade of our 767-300 simulators”, said Shigekazu Miyazaki, vice president of Flight Training at ANA. “We are constantly reviewing our training technologies and despite the economic downturn, ANA will continue to invest in providing the best training devices and equipment.”
CANADIAN simulator manufacturer CAE has been awarded training contracts valued at C$55 million (US$52 million) from ATR, Bombardier Aerospace, Vietnam Airlines and an unidentified US legacy carrier. The contracts include the sale of four full-flight simulators (FFSs) – bringing CAE’s total FFS sales during the current fiscal year to six.
The company will provide a CAE 7000 Series FFS to Bombardier for Learjet 85 training, while ATR will take another 7000 Series to replicate both the ATR42-600 and ATR72-600 cockpits. Vietnam Airlines has ordered an Airbus A320 FFS and signed a contract with the CAE Global Academy to train 40 pilots. The A320 simulator will be delivered in 2011 to Vietnam Airlines’ new training centre in Ho Chi Minh City. Meanwhile, the unidentified US airline has ordered a Boeing 737 simulator.