Cardiff Aviation buys former Virgin 747-200 simulator

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Cardiff Aviation has acquired a Boeing 747-200 full-flight simulator formerly operated by Virgin Atlantic Airways as it prepares to launch pilot training facilities.

The company was opened earlier this month by Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson in St Athan, Wales. It will provide a range of aviation services, including heavy maintenance, flight and technical training, certification, aircraft sourcing and leasing.

The simulator was previously located at Gatwick airport, where it had once been used by Virgin Atlantic. It is now in the process of being installed at St Athan.

Dickinson says that Cardiff Aviation agreements are already in place with UK and international customers for training and type-rating courses, which will begin as soon as the simulator becomes serviceable.