All Nippon Airways (ANA) of Japan has become the latest carrier to purchase an Airbus Industrie A320 flight-management and guidance system (FMGS) "free-play" trainer from Wicat Systems.

The ANA trainer consists of a cockpit replica with simulated primary-flight and navigation displays, multi-function control/ display unit, flight-control unit, thrust levers, flaps/slats control and FMGS simulation software.

A similar device has been installed at Vietnam Airlines. Two Airbus A340 FMGS free-play trainers are in service at Singapore Airlines, and Wicat's A320 and A340 trainers are in use at Airbus training centres in Toulouse, France, and Miami, Florida.

Source: Flight International