CAE has sold full-flight simulators to Flight Simulation (FSC), a new Amsterdam Schipol-based independent training centre, and Flight Training Finance (FTF), a company formed to provide power-by-the-hour leasing of new and used simulators.

FSC has ordered two simulators for the Boeing 737-800 and one for the Airbus A320, with electro-mechanical motion bases and CAE Tropos II visual systems. The company was formed last year by Bob van Balen, who in 1986 formed Friendship Simulation, an independent training provider that was acquired by CAE in 2001 when it purchased Netherlands-based Schreiner Aviation Training.

FSC says it plans to have four new Level D simulators, with two 737-800s to be in service in October, followed by a third 737-800 in January and the A320 in April next year.

FTF has ordered an Embraer 170/190 simulator, with Tropos visual, for delivery in the third quarter of next year to Panama City, Panama, where it will be used to train pilots for Copa Airlines. The company has been formed by Pedro Sors, the former head of Pan Am International Flight Academy, to provide simulators and training devices on operating lease.

■ Thales has sold an Airbus A320 Level D full-flight simulator to Turkish Airlines, to enter service at its training centre at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport in December. Thales will also upgrade a Boeing 737-400 simulator supplied to the airline in 2005.

Source: Flight International