09 January 2012
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline and the UK’s Number One Domestic carrier, has taken delivery of its second full flight simulator that enables its Training Academy in Exeter to offer a full range of pilot training, including recurrent and type training, for both the Bombardier Q400 and the Embraer 170/190 family of aircraft.
The new Level-D E-Jet device, built by US-based FlightSafety International, is convertible between both the Embraer 170 and 190 series and will be available to airlines for both wet and dry lease from March 2012. It is equipped with FlightSafety’s industry-leading VITAL X Visual System and electric motion and control loading technology: and is being located alongside the existing Dash-8 Q400 simulator at Flybe’s Training Academy, a new £14-million purpose-built facility that was officially opened in April by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Honourable George Osborne MP.
“We are delighted to have taken delivery of our second brand new flight simulator that complements the Bombardier Q400 simulator that arrived back in March,” says John Palmer, MD Flybe Aviation Support.
“Our latest arrival means we will now be able to carry out all types of pilot training here at our Exeter headquarters for the aircraft in our fleet. Staff previously had to travel to multiple locations namely Farnborough, Gatwick and Amsterdam for this essential training so having both type simulators on-site will save us considerable time and money. Our pilots, and those from the other operators who use the devices, will appreciate the quality, reliability and scheduling flexibility these new simulators can offer.”
In addition to offering full-flight simulator training, the Academy delivers technical, pilot, cabin crew and customer service courses to airlines worldwide together with a range of non-aviation training to other organisations and individuals. Apart from the flight simulators, the facility features 25 classrooms, an engineering workshop, cabin simulator and cabin door trainer complex.