A new full-flight simulator for the A320 Family has been added to the Airbus training center in Miami, with another to be qualified later this year – providing highly realistic and effective training for pilots from the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Thales Reality7 Level D full-flight simulator is cost-efficient, eco-friendly
Airbus Training Center (ATC) Miami has announced the addition and qualification of a new Airbus A320 Family Thales Reality7 Level D full-flight simulator. In addition, the qualification of another simulator of the same model is expected in October, ultimately bringing the number of full-flight simulators at ATC to six.
Providing training for Airbus customers’ flight and cabin crew, as well as maintenance personnel, ATC Miami has invested approximately $25 million (U.S.) in new training equipment, software, facility construction and spares. The newest simulator is based on a modular design with a common core element independent of the aircraft type. This allows different aircraft modules to efficiently be swapped out as a customer's fleet or training requirements evolve, eliminating the need to replace the entire simulator. Since Airbus' training programs require updated simulator standards every one-to-two years to match advancing aircraft technology and configurations, the new simulator promises to be highly cost-effective. The Airbus Toulouse Training Center also installed two A320 Reality7 simulators this year which assures standardization and commonality between the two training centers.
“This new sim allows Airbus to continue to provide the most advanced training environment available, making the most out of our students’ valuable time at ATC,” said Steve Chealander, Vice President of Training and Flight Operations Support at the Miami ATC. “The Reality7 is designed to require less maintenance down time, allowing for more in-service hours and better cost efficiencies.”
The Reality7 includes: a HeadsUp Display (HUD) navigation system; new Required Navigation Performance (RNP) equipment capability for precision approach and take-off training; high-definition projection technology (liquid crystal on silicon, also known as LCOS), which produce a real world 200 x 40 degree field of view from the cockpit; visual models that include simulated imagery of real world terrain and environments and green technologies such as a new hybrid electric/hydraulic motion system and electric flight controls that use 70 percent less electricity and 90 percent less oil. The equipment will also have a new instructor station and debrief station, which will allow customers to review all the training session scenarios on three large screens in a separate room.
The custom-designed, 110,000-square-foot ATC Miami facility now has six full-flight simulators, plus cabin door and slide trainers, state-of-the-art computer-based training classrooms and aircraft system trainers. Approximately 2,000 trainees take Airbus courses annually at ATC Miami under the direction of more than 100 Airbus employees, which include full-time flight instructors, flight operation engineers, maintenance instructors and simulator technicians. Most of the facility’s trainees and visitors come from airline operators in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. ATC also houses the headquarters of Airbus Latin America & Caribbean Customer Affairs.
A leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK and Spain, as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China, Japan and Middle East.