Flight Safety undecided in pursing Bombardier CSeries training

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Large aerospace pilot training provider Flight Safety International has no immediate plans to work on development of simulator for the Bombardier CSeries, noting it has "not seen the aircraft takeoff yet".

Company VP of simulation Rick Armstrong gave that assessment during a briefing with journalists on 26 April at Flight Safety International's site in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"We have to see what happens [with the CSeries]," Armstrong told ATI, adding Flight Safety is monitoring development of another new aircraft design - the Comac C919.

Currently, Flight Safety International's simulator backlog for both internal consumption and outside customers is up roughly 30% year-over-year, says Armstong.

Flight Safety completed and delivered 25 simulators in 2010, which is down from 30 shipped in 2009. But Armstrong expects a rebound in shipments this year to Flight Safety's own training facilities and to other operators.

Armstrong says average build time for simulators is about 12 months, with construction time for military simulators in some cases lasting 24 months. Depending on the product, he states manufacture time can take as little as eight months.