Boeing subsidiary Alteon Training has ordered three additional suites of 787 training equipment from Thales to keep pace with orders for the new widebody. The three suites – each with full-flight simulator, flat-panel trainer and desktop systems – are in addition to six already on order from Thales and scheduled to be in place before the 787 enters service in 2008.

CAE, meanwhile, has announced orders for three flight simulators. ATR has ordered an ATR 72-500 simulator with CAE Tropos visual system for delivery to Indian carrier Air Deccan’s Bangalore training centre in 2008. The deal includes a second Tropos to upgrade an existing simulator.

Cathay Pacific has ordered a Boeing 777-300ER simulator with Tropos II visual, plus integrated procedures trainer and virtual maintenance trainers, for delivery to its Hong Kong training centre in 2007. CAE will also update an existing simulator with Tropos II. Ryanair has ordered a fourth Boeing 737-800 simulator with CAE Maxvue visual, for delivery to its East Midlands, UK training centre in 2007.

Lufthansa Flight Training is to upgrade an Airbus A340 full-flight simulator with Rheinmetall Defence Electronics’ Avior laser visual-projection system. The two companies are working together to obtain the first Level D certification for high-resolution laser projectors by year-end.

Source: Flight International