Superjet International has completed its initial set of type rating courses for flight, cabin and maintenance crew, which did not employ a full flight simulator.
The Venice, Italy-based marketing and aftermarket support company for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 has so far instructed 48 pilots, 27 flight attendants and 69 maintenance technicians in a number of so-called "type rating recovery courses".
The term "recovery" signifies that the programme did not involve a FFS. The course participants used a flight training device for cockpit procedures and accomplished parts of their syllabus, which would usually be taught in a FFS, on the real aircraft.
The participants gained a full type rating.
A FFS is currently being installed at Sukhoi's facility in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, and should become available for training in October.
The 144 people trained so far are employees of Aeroflot and Armavia as well as instructors of Superjet International.
The 48 pilots accumulatively logged 384 flight hours over 236 over flights, giving each one an average of 8h flight time on the regional jet, with around five takeoffs and landings.