Cardiff Aviation invests in legacy simulators

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UK maintenance start-up Cardiff Aviation has acquired Bournemouth-based flight simulation centre European Skybus.

The training facility comprises a range of simulators for legacy aircraft types, including the Boeing 737-200, 747-200/300 and -400, BAC One-Eleven, and Sikorsky S-61N helicopter.

Cardiff Aviation says the 747-400 simulator is being used for type ratings, while the other devices are employed for multicrew co-operation training, jet orientation courses, instrument rating renewals, airline assessments, and simulator experience sessions for private customers.

The acquisition price has not been disclosed.

St Athan-based Cardiff Aviation revealed a £5 million ($7.5 million) investment programme at the Paris air show last month. The Welsh regional government's business investment subsidiary, Finance Wales, is contributing about a third of the funding, while the remainder is coming from private investors, including Bruce Dickinson and Mario Fulgoni, founders and joint chief executives of Cardiff Aviation.

The simulator centre is to stay at its current location for the immediate future, but will likely be moved Cardiff Aviation's two-bay hangar at the air base in St Athan "in due course", says Fulgoni.

In 2012, Cardiff Aviation acquired a 747-200 simulator which had previously been used by Virgin Atlantic in Gatwick. This device has been moved to St Athan.