WATS 2014: FlightSafety and CAE announce new simulator designs

FlightSafety International and CAE, the two leading manufacturers of civil aviation flight simulators, each announced new Level D full-flight simulation (FFS) designs on Tuesday at the World Aviation Training Conference and Tradeshow (WATS).


The new FlightSafety FFS is branded as the FS1000 (above). CAE’s latest designation is the 7000XR series (heading pic).

The 7000XR replaces both the CAE 5000 series, used primarily for business aircraft and narrowbody commercial aircraft, and the 7000 series.

CAE says the 7000XR is designed to optimise life-cycle costs and to address emerging training requirements such as the new US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) upset prevention and recovery training regulation. A redesigned instructor office supports mobile devices. Data analysis and feedback is provided via the CAE Flightscape Insight debriefing station with a simulator operational quality assurance (SOQA) system to assess training effectiveness.

CAE is also using the 7000XR FFS to launch its Sentinel diagnostic application with real-time monitoring, preventive and predictive maintenance, and advanced capabilities for support and troubleshooting.

The first CAE 7000XRs for the Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 families will be ready for training during the third quarter of 2014.

FlightSafety’s first FS1000 will replicate the Airbus A350 and will be ready for delivery by the end of 2014. The A350 simulator will be equipped with dual head-up display (HUD) and dual integrated standby instrument system (ISIS). Other available equipment includes an Airbus pilot transition trainer (APT+) with Thales display global work package (DGWP), a flight management systems trainer (FMST), and FlightSafety’s SimVu flight simulator session briefing and de-briefing station.

The FS1000 “is equipped with our latest advances in technology, provides unprecedented reliability, and offers the best overall value available,” said John Van Maren, FlightSafety vice president, simulation.

The interior of the simulator offers close to twice the amount of space for flight instructors and observers, compared with previous generation simulators. The new Instruction Operating Station provides instructors with an efficient work space equipped with an intuitive interface, scalable graphics, and large multi-touch displays.

The FS1000 also incorporates a VITAL 1100 visual system, Crewview glass mirror display, and electric motion cueing system.

Rick Adams, contributor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
Orlando, Florida, USA

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