AIRBUS INDUSTRIE IS improving pilot training for the A300-600 and A310-300, with the help of Wicat Systems, to match that available for the A320, A330 and A340. Wicat is supplying new computer-based training (CBT) courseware and is developing a "free-play" trainer for the A310/A300-600 flight-management and -guidance system (FMGS), similar to devices produced for the newer Airbus types.

Airbus contracted with Lindon, Utah-based Wicat to replace the existing video- and computer-based instruction courseware for the A310/A300-600. The new training course uses Microsoft Windows software to deliver CBT on a single personal-computer screen, eliminating the need for a video-disc player and monitor.

The airframe builder will use the new courseware at its Toulouse training centre and the improved training course is scheduled to be delivered to Air Afrique, Air France, Air India, Air Jamaica, Emirates, Hapag-Lloyd, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, SAETA, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Yemenia.

Wicat, meanwhile, has begun development of its FMGSfree-play trainer. This will have three-dimensional reproductions of the multi-function control/display and flight-control units, thrust levers and flaps/slats control in a free-standing cockpit replica. The simulation software is being developed by French company Faros .

Airbus is participating in development of both the trainer hardware and simulation software and will certify the accuracy and realism of the device when completed. Wicat expects the A310/A300-600 free-play trainer to be available by mid-1997.

Source: Flight International