Russia's aviation authority Rosaviatsia has approved the Sukhoi Superjet 100 full flight simulator (FFS) at the manufacturer's facility in Zhukovsky near Moscow.
Rosaviatsia certified the Thales-made device according to the European Aviation Safety Agency's "interim Level C" standards, although the approval covers only training under Russian regulations.
This is later to be upgraded to Level D standard, said Superjet International, the Venice-based marketing and aftermarket support company which manages the FFS.
Regular type rating courses are to begin for Aeroflot pilots by the end of the month.
The FFS will be used for the last phase of the three-stage training programme. The first part includes computer-based theoretical coursework and hands-on instruction on a procedures trainer.
This will be followed in the second phase by 32h in a flight training device, which includes the multi-crew co-operation (MCC) course.
The final part comprises 48 simulated flight hours on the FFS.
Superjet International plans to install a second FFS in Venice next year.