Alteon, formerly FlightSafety-Boeing, has received Level D approval for the first two simulators in its new Atlanta, Georgia training centre. The Boeing 717-200 simulator will support AirTran Airways and Midwest Airlines, while the 737-700/800 will support AirTran's new Next Generation 737 fleet. Alteon plans to install a second 717 simulator in the six-bay Atlanta centre in February.

FlightSafety International, meanwhile, has received Level D approval for the fifth simulator to be installed in its new Orlando, Florida training centre, which opened early last year. The Cessna Citation X simulator joins Citation Bravo, CJ2, Encore and Excel machines, all built by FlightSafety Simulation. FlightySafety has also received Level D approval for its first Dassault Falcon 900EX simulator with EASy advanced flightdeck, installed in its Teterboro, New Jersey centre. All these new simulators have the company's own Vital 9 visual system. FlightSafety has delivered 65 Vital 9 systems since September 2001 and has 35 more on order.

In the Asia-Pacific region, China Eastern Airlines has received Level D qualification for two CAE-built Airbus A320 simulators, while Taiwan's EVA Airways has received Level D approval for a CAE-built A330 simulator. All three machines have CAE's Tropos visual system. China Eastern has a Tropos-equipped 737-800 simulator on order for delivery by CAE in December.

Source: Flight International