We have experience in all types of training devices currently used for both initial and advanced pilot training. We advise on the acquisition, installation and operation of this equipment.
Types of Flight Training Devices
There are several types of Flight Training Devices (FTDs), each with their own strengths. We can help you make the right choice for your particular training situation.
Full Flight Simulator (FFS)
These devices are the highest level of simulator and can be used for any stage of Pilot training, both initial, type-specific and recurrent. FFS-s are also the most expensive to acquire, install and operate.
We can supply FFSs new or used as and when these devices become available.
Integrated Procedures Trainer (IPT)
IPT (Integrated Procedures Trainer) devices are open-faced flat panels that simulate the controls and indicators found in the aircraft, and can include touch operated controls and switches that have similar effect as on the real aircraft.
The panels and switches however are not in the same spatial arrangement as the real aircraft so the cockpit is not accurately simulated. Since the device is open-faced, it needs to be sited in an area where the temperature and lighting can be controlled.
Computer based training (CBT)
CBT (Computer Based Training) is typically used by student pilots on laptops and desktop computers and assists in learning systems and procedures of a particular aircraft or material that makes up the syllabus of a pilots licence.
In general, CBT systems do not simulate the operation of the systems or controls, unless they have embedded “informatics.”
Primarily this is a teaching concept and we have course material and training footprints that makes extensive use of CBT.
Fixed Base Simulator/Flight Simulator Training Device (FBS/FSTD)
Fixed base devices are so-called because they do not have a motion platform. They vary in complexity. The interior can be “generic” and representative only of a class of Airplane (e.g. light piston, heavy turboprop or a jet type of aircraft).
More advanced FBSs are type specific and the flight deck will be a replica of the aircraft type and model. The price range of these simulators is less than that of a FFS but varies according to the specification of components such as visual systems and instructor operating station etc.
FBSs are being used more widely now, especially for type specific pilot training, as the quality of flight simulation is almost indistinguishable from a FFS and much more economic.
Simulators are certified by aviation authorities according the capabilities and functionality of the device and the purpose for which it is intended. In order to qualify for use in a given area, level or stage of pilot training, the device in question will need to conform to the requirements specified by the relevant aviation authority.
For these reasons, the certification process can be complicated.
We have experience liaising with aviation authorities worldwide and can ensure that our customers obtain the right equipment and certification to meet their requirements. Feel free to contact us for details about or help with certification of your flight training device.