Graham Warwick/WASHINGTON DC

Canada's CAE Electronics has revealed several flight simulator orders, including one from a first-time customer. Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines has ordered a Boeing 747-400F freighter full-flight simulator for delivery next year.

Cargolux's device will be the first built for the freighter version of the 747-400, says CAE. It will be equipped with the company's MaxVue Plus visual system, with a new three-channel 200° horizontal by 40° vertical display, which CAE says is less expensive than the five-channel system previously required to provide such a wide field of view.

The cargo carrier's first simulator is scheduled to become operational in December 1999 in a new training centre at its home base at Luxembourg Airport.

Meanwhile, CAE has also announced the C$10.5 million ($6.8 million) sale of a Fairchild Dornier 328JET full-flight simulator to Friendship Simulation (FSC) of the Netherlands. The device, which will have a MaxVue Plus visual system, will be installed at an FSC training centre in the USA towards the end of next year.

FSC is a long-time CAE customer, having bought four simulators for the Fokker 50 and Fokker 70/100. It operates 17 devices at three centres in Brussels, Hoofdorp and Maastricht.

CAE has also revealed the sale of an Airbus A320 flight training simulator to China Southern Airlines, to be operational at the carrier's Zuhai training centre in December 1999. China Southern ordered an A320 full-flight simulator from CAE earlier this year, having previously bought four Boeing machines from the company. The latest contract, worth $10 million, includes updates to those earlier devices.

CAE's German subsidiary, CAE Elektronik, has won a DM6.1 million ($5.2 million) contract to upgrade German McDonnell Douglas F-4F flight simulators. The contract covers simulation/ stimulation of a new radar warning receiver and an upgrade of the existing electronic warfare scenario.

Simulation of the F-4F radar warning receiver is achieved by stimulating aircraft hardware, using video injection.

There is a new video signal generator which is capable of simulating 32 emitters simultaneously - up from 16. The signal generator will be driven by the improved electronic warfare environment scenario simulation.

Source: Flight International