ELITE Simulation Solutions has installed an iGate Series cockpit enclosed Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) at HP Flight School in Panama City, Panama. The school is located at Marcos Gelabert International airport in Panama City and has about 120 students operating Piper PA-28 aircraft, a PA-44 Seminole and the ELITE AATD trainer. The ELITE iGate AATD features both the Piper Archer and Piper Seneca aircraft models, equipped with a real Garmin GPS unit in a cockpit enclosure, making the transfer from training environment to aircraft seamless. The system also features an enhanced visual system that adds unparalleled realism of weather situations and ground references that are important to pilots.
The primary function of the ELITE device will be the training of pilots toward their instrument rating, at a usage rate of about 20 hours per student. This will make the flight school much more competitive than before where all of this training was accomplished in the airplane, which is a more expensive tool and higher associated cost for the student. HP Flight School is planning to expand the use for the AATD into their other training curriculum, increasing its usage for private pilot and commercial pilot students in accordance with the FAA’s allowable credit hours towards each.
“We have been familiar with the ELITE brand of simulators since 2010 and the in-country experience with that equipment has been outstanding. The quality of manufacturing, the flight dynamics and airplane-like looks make it a great training tool,” says Rafael Barcenas about HP Flight School’s new trainer.