Axis Flight Training Systems, an independent flight simulator manufacturer, now has EASA- and FAA-certified simulators in the three largest markets in the world.
This follows the successful installation and EASA qualification of an ATR 72-500 full flight simulator (FFS) at Flight Simulation Technique Centre (FSTC), India’s leading aviation school.
Axis’s first delivery to South Asia, the ATR 72-500 FFS, is both EASA FSTD(A) Level D certified and has been approved by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which marked the simulator ‘outstanding’ after functional testing and inspection. AXIS also has simulators in Europe and North America.
Dr Christian Theuermann, CEO of AXIS Flight Training Systems in Austria, said, “This innovative simulator will make a real difference to the training provision at FSTC, and we couldn’t have chosen a better product for our first step into the Asian market. Each element of the design and manufacture is class-leading.
“Extending the training provision for ATR 72-500 aircraft in India is an essential part of meeting the growing demand for turboprop pilots in the region.
“According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), India was the fastest growing domestic aviation market in 2017 with a 17.4% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic, and airlines in the region are increasingly investing in turboprops as a cost-effective and reliable alternative to jets.
“Pilots training on Axis’s ATR 72-500 simulator, one of the region’s most popular aircraft types for short-haul routes, will be certified to fly into some of the top airfields in India.
“These include the second-, third- and fourth-busiest airports in the country: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, serving Mumbai; Kempegowda International Airport, serving Bangalore; and Chennai International Airport, serving Chennai.”