Training providers are responding to the introduction of new and upgraded business-aircraft models by expanding their flight simulator fleets. FlightSafety International will install Level D simulators for the Beechcraft King Air B200 and 350 with new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 cockpits at its Raytheon training centre in Wichita, Kansas, in January and February.

FlightSafety will install its first Level D simulators for the Cessna Citation CJ3 in Wichita in May and its first for the Hawker Horizon in Wichita in July. The company will also build a Piaggio P180 Avanti simulator for its West Palm Beach, Florida, centre, close to Piaggio America's new headquarters. In addition, FlightSafety will add a sixth Citation Excel and second Gulfstream G200 to its Level D simulator fleet over the next months.

CAE SimuFlite is to install its first Citation X simulator at its training centre in Dallas, Texas, and will be ready for training in the fourth quarter of next year. CAE is also adding CAE Simfinity classroom training devices for the Gulfstream GIV and GV at its Dallas centre in the first quarter of next year. Airbus and CAE, meanwhile, are to provide Airbus Corporate Jetliner training at 10 locations worldwide beginning in January.

SimCom Training Centers plans to install a simulator for the Ibis Aerospace Ae270 at its Orlando centre under its agreement to provide factory-authorised training. Planned growth of the Ae270 will trigger construction of the simulator in three years for the first North American delivery. SimCom is installing a second Pilatus PC-12 simulator at its Scottsdale, Arizona, centre, and upgrading its EADS Socata TBM 700 simulator in Orlando.

Source: Flight International