FARNBOROUGH 2010: ATR orders Mechtronix simulator for new -600 Series

Mechtronix Systems has announced that ATR has selected its FFT X to support the entry into service (EIS) of its new ATR 42/72-600 aircraft programme.

The FSTD will be the first component of ATR’s training equipment suite and will be used for the training of pilot – both conversion and transition courses – as well as maintenance personnel. With the simulator, ATR will provide its airline customers with cost-effective training in the latest technology enabling a smooth and efficient entry to service of their new aircraft fleet. The unit will be delivered by spring 2011 and will be deployed at ATR Training Center in Toulouse, France.

“Mechtronix FFT X is part of the new ATR training policy which we have implemented consisting of the deployment of Reference Training Centres across the world and in the frame of the -600 entry into service,” noted Jean-Pierre Cousserans, ATR’s senior vice-president customer services. “We know the FFT X very well as we initiated the concept a few years ago with Mechtronix on the -500 and previous variants. We are satisfied with the performances of the FFT X and glad to have the opportunity to use it again, as part of the -600 training tools. Furthermore, both technical teams are delighted to meet again and work together on this new project. We are looking forward to beginning to train on the FFT X for the ATR 42/72-600.”

The FFT X Upgradeable replicates both the ATR 42-600 and 72-600 flight decks and shows FFS-like quality and fidelity, featuring a new generation 3-DOF [degree-of-freedom] actuated seat-based motion cueing system, high-end sound simulation system and FFS IOS tower. The FFT X will come with a new rehosted Thales avionics suite including features such as CAC, ACARS, T2CAS and weather radar. The FSTD will be evaluated by the French civil aviation authorities (DGAC) for JAR-FSTD A FTD Level 2 and FNPT II MCC qualification.

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