Cambridge-based Virtual Aviation Flight Training (VA) has ordered a new Airbus A320 FTD1 flight simulator, from Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS), to be delivered and installed in February 2019.
The new simulator will allow VA to offer a range of new training services to Airbus operators. It will also enable the company to increase capacity on its popular AirlineReady APS MCC course, giving trainee pilots a choice of aircraft types.
The latest-generation FTD1 fixed-base simulators are playing an increasingly valuable role in airline pilot training, with their high-fidelity and innovative features making it possible for airlines to reduce their reliance on full flight simulators.
VA’s new FTD1 simulator will also be used to enhance the training delivered in other areas. For instance, the company plans to use it extensively during the groundschool phase of the A320 Type Rating, to provide a better learning experience when compared with traditional ‘flat panel’ trainers.
Nigel Orme, CEO of VA, said, “Expanding our fleet with new flight simulators is an important step in our growth plans. We decided on MPS after thoroughly researching the market, and we are excited to be taking delivery of the first MPS Airbus A320 simulator in the UK.”