Cardiff chosen for 747 simulator training

B747 Cardiff

Global cargo charter airline AeroTransCargo (ATC) is to put 60 pilots through Caerdav’s 747 simulator training centre at Cardiff Airport.

ATC will use Caerdav’s EASA-approved Boeing 747-400 aircraft simulators to provide its pilots with half-yearly recurrent training which will include emergency procedures and technical testing.

This ensures those flying ATC’s fleet of four Boeing 747 freighters retain full compliance with EASA regulations. Each pilot will participate in four simulator sessions a year to maintain their proficiency on the aircraft.

Caerdav’s sim provision includes full-motion simulators with visuals certified to Level D, to provide a realistic experience.

Erik van der Pluijm, training manager at AeroTransCargo, said, “We need EASA-approved Boeing 747 aircraft simulators which are becoming increasingly more difficult to find but Caerdav was able to provide us with access to outstanding simulators and at a great facility.

“Caerdav’s training environment provides a bespoke service with ultra-realistic displays and full motion simulators, which will greatly enhance our training curriculum.”

ATC provides international air freight transportation of general cargo, vehicles, live animals and pharmaceuticals, as well as specialised services such as dangerous goods transport. Its multinational crew, drawn from both passenger and cargo airlines, fly routes around the world, including into conflict zones.

Caerdav is a fully-approved and certified MRO and pilot training company based at the St Athan-Cardiff Airport Aerospace Enterprise Zone in South Wales, United Kingdom. It operates from the former RAF maintenance base equipped with 6,000ft ILS runway.