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.
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.
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.
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 assist with the acquisition of your FFS both new or pre-owned. In addition, we can assist with the simulator certification process when aviation authorities certify the simulator.
Integrated Procedures Trainer (IPT)
IPT (Integrated Procedures Trainer) devices are open-faced flat panels that simulate the panels and switches found in the aircraft and mostly include touch screen 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.
These kind of training devices can assist during training in especially the location of the switches and some procedures. However, the IPT lacks the fidelity of the aircraft switches and controls, it does not represent the flight model realistically and the touch screen panels sometimes fail to produce the required action.
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.