Airbus Training Center (ATC) in Miami has integrated a new A320 full-flight simulator. Produced by FlightSafety International, provider of aviation training, simulation equipment and software, the A320 simulator received Level D qualification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is ready to provide training on CFM and IAE engines as well as the Honeywell Flight Management Guidance Computer (FMGC). This is the Miami Training Center’s first FlightSafety simulator and complements two A330/A340 and three A320 full-flight simulators.
ATCs provide a comprehensive portfolio of competencies for safe and reliable aircraft operations. To enhance its single-aisle flight training offering in Miami, the new full-flight A320 simulator is equipped with a 60-inch electric motion and electric control loading and FlightSafety’s VITAL 1100 Visual System and provides 60 x 200 degree Field of View and continuous high-resolution global satellite imagery capable of distinguishing environmental conditions experienced during all phases of flight, from taxi and takeoff to landing.
“FlightSafety International is proud to bring our advanced technology training equipment to the Airbus Training Center in Miami,” said Bruce Whitman, President and CEO of FlightSafety International. “Airbus, its trainees and instructors will undoubtedly benefit from our high-quality training equipment, which will increase the productivity of pilots, engineers, maintenance and cabin crews trained in the Airbus Training Center.”
“With the A320 Family being the world’s best-selling single-aisle product line, it is no surprise that demand for single-aisle full-flight simulator training is expected to reach nearly 700,000 hours by 2017,” said Joe Houghton, Airbus Vice President of Training & Flight Operations Support. “FlightSafety’s new A320 simulator will help Airbus continue to deliver innovative training services to meet the growing demands for quality flight and maintenance training.”
The ATC in Miami serves as a Centre of Excellence for the Americas. Built in 1999, the $50 million facility complements facilities in Toulouse, Beijing, Hamburg and Bangalore, providing training for Airbus customers’ flight and cabin crew, as well as maintenance personnel. The custom-designed, 110,000-square-foot complex has a total of six full-flight simulators, as well as cabin door and slide trainers, state-of-the-art computer-based training classrooms and six flight training devices simulating the A320, A330 and A340 aircraft. Approximately 2,000 trainees from Airbus airline operators in the U.S., Canada and Latin America take courses annually in Miami under the direction of 70 Airbus employees.