Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) is the launch customer for the new Boeing 787 Flight Training Device (FTD) from L3Harris Technologies.
LAT has also ordered a B787 Full Flight Simulator for its Frankfurt pilot training facility.
The two new L3Harris devices will support pilot and cadet training on the B787. L3Harris has also delivered two advanced A320 FTDs and an A350 FFS to LAT.
FTDs enable airlines and training operators to reduce training costs while addressing the changing European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
Recent amendments to both EASA and FAA regulations provide the flexibility and clarity for an increased proportion of simulator training hours to be flown on FTDs.
This mixed training device approach reduces reliance on higher-cost full flight simulators for type rating and some elements of recurrent training.
Alan Crawford, President, Commercial Aviation, L3Harris, said, “We are investing in and leveraging our expertise of manufacturing flight training devices to develop fixed base devices.
“This is offering trainers a wider variety of high-fidelity devices, giving them more versatility to tailor their programs to specific aircraft and airline requirements.”
Matthias Spohr, Managing Director of Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH, added, “We already have a good working relationship with L3Harris as a manufacturer. Two of our FTD training devices, which we operate in Vienna and Zurich, as well as our A350 full flight simulator in Munich, were purchased from L3Harris.
“All training devices are convincing in daily training operations – not only for us, but also for our customers. The newly ordered FFS and FTD of the Boeing 787 type therefore not only complement the existing L3Harris family at LAT, but also significantly expand our training portfolio for the needs of Lufthansa Airlines.”
L3Harris Commercial Aviation Solutions provides a full spectrum of training solutions including cadet pilot training, airline training, aircrew resourcing and simulators, and is headquartered at the London Training Centre in Crawley, UK.