LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, NEW YORK (October 16, 2007) – FlightSafety International announced today that its new Bombardier Q400 aircraft full flight simulator has received Level D qualification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration.
“The FAA’s Level D qualification of our new Bombardier Q400 simulator is a clear demonstration of our ability to deliver advanced technology training products and high quality professional training services,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO, FlightSafety International. “We are pleased to increase our support for the growing number Bombardier Q400 operators around the world with the addition of this new simulator.”
This is the second Bombardier Q400 simulator to enter service at the company’s Seattle, Washington Learning Center and the fifth FlightSafety designed and manufactured Q400 simulator to be qualified to the highest standards. FlightSafety’s London Farnborough Training Center offers two Q400 simulators and the Learning Center in Toronto, Canada, is scheduled to receive qualification for its second Q400 simulator in the first quarter of 2008. This will bring FlightSafety’s fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft simulators to six.
This new simulator is equipped with FlightSafety’s industry leading electric motion and control loading system. Simulators equipped with this technology offer the highest level of aircraft fidelity, enhanced performance and increased availability due to a reduction in maintenance requirements and increased reliability. The simulators also offer environmental advantages compared to previous generation devices as they produce less heat, lower levels of ambient noise and provide a safer environment due to the elimination of the risks often associated with hydraulic fluids as well as our dependency on petroleum products. It also features FlightSafety’s advanced VITAL visual system offering highly detailed, texture enhanced scenes and excels in its realistic presentation of both routine and critical weather conditions.
The Seattle Learning Center now offers six flight simulators including four for aircraft manufactured by Bombardier. Simulator-based training is also available in Seattle for the Jetstream 31/32 and Metro III aircraft. A growing number of regional airlines rely on FlightSafety’s training services and advanced technology simulation equipment available at 18 of the company’s 40 Learning Centers in North America and Europe.
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier aviation training organization. Over 75,000 pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals train at FlightSafety facilities each year. The company designs and manufactures full flight simulators for civil and military aircraft programs and operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at 40 training locations.