AeroInside and ELITE have entered a new partnership – enabling a data driven approach that finds relevant and up-to-date accident and incident investigation reports in all fields of aviation – worldwide. These fields cover both fixed wing aircraft as well as rotorcraft. „By using these findings we can add crucial information to real world flying and simulator training sessions“, says Fabian Rahm, founder and owner of AeroInside, based in Switzerland. Both companies share the same goal: improvement of aviation safety through specific and targeted learning. Entrepreneur Fabian Rahm had worked from 2009 to 2012 as a software developer at ELITE and has therefore a thorough knowledge of the flight simulation industry. He has maintained an amicable contact with the highly skilled ELITE team up to today which has resulted in this new partnership. Mr. Rahm is extremely happy about this „win-win situation. More information on his “AeroInside SafetyScan Pro” can be found on the website: https://www.aeroinside.com/safety-scan/pro ELITE is constantly looking at ways how to innovate and add value to its products for the end customers. By working with the well-known data research company AeroInside, ELITE is now able to offer its customers access to a very vast...Read More
The Robinson R22, an iconic two-seat helicopter, has become synonymous with flight training and recreational flying. Designed to be affordable, maneuverable, and easy to operate, the R22 has played a pivotal role in introducing countless pilots to the world of rotorcraft. This article explores the technical specifications, historical background, and key features of the Robinson R22, highlighting its enduring legacy in the aviation industry. Historical Background The Robinson R22, developed by Frank Robinson and his company Robinson Helicopter Company, made its debut in 1975. Robinson aimed to create an affordable training helicopter that could provide a cost-effective pathway for aspiring pilots. The R22 underwent several design iterations and improvements over the years, resulting in a reliable and widely recognized helicopter in the flight training market. Technical Specifications – Dimensions: Length: 8.00 meters (26.4 feet) Rotor diameter: 7.67 meters (25.2 feet) Height: 2.70 meters (8.9 feet) – Performance: Maximum speed: 193 km/h (120 mph) Range: 370 km (230 miles) Service ceiling: 4,267 meters (14,000 feet) Maximum takeoff weight: 680 kg (1,500 lbs) – Powerplant: Engine: One Lycoming O-320-A2B four-cylinder, air-cooled piston engine Power output: 124 shp – ...Read More
The H135 MCC, a variant of the highly versatile H135 helicopter, offers enhanced capabilities and advanced mission systems for a wide range of operational requirements. With its exceptional performance, flexibility, and state-of-the-art avionics, the H135 MCC has gained recognition as a reliable and adaptable platform for various missions, including medical services, law enforcement, military operations, and corporate transportation. This article explores the factual information, technical specifications, and a brief history of the H135 MCC, highlighting its significance in the helicopter industry. Historical Background The H135 MCC, developed by Airbus Helicopters, is an evolution of the H135 family, which traces its lineage back to the MBB Bo 108 prototype that first flew in 1988. Over the years, Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) refined and expanded the capabilities of the H135, resulting in the H135 MCC variant. With the integration of advanced avionics and mission-specific equipment, the H135 MCC stands as a testament to continuous innovation and customer-driven enhancements. Technical Specifications – Dimensions: Length: 12.16 meters (39.10 feet) Rotor diameter: 10.20 meters (33.46 feet) Height: 3.62 meters (11.88 feet) – Performance: Maximum speed: 287 km/h (178 mph) Range: 635 km (395 miles) Service ceiling: 6,096...Read More
Kenya, with its stunning coastline along the Indian ocean and over 53 million inhabitants, has a thriving aviation industry. The aviation sector is a major contributor to Kenya’s economy as well as a key enabler in its future development as an economic leader in Africa. Just a few numbers: In 2019, Kenya registered its highest-ever number of air traffic passengers, with over 12 million annual passengers, of which 7 million were from outside the country. The most common airports are Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at Nairobi and Moi International Airport at Mombasa. “This FAA AATD level Cessna Citation Mustang simulator, featuring Garmin G1000 instrumentation with three screens is the very first delivery for us“, says Mr René Huddlestone, sales director at ELITE Flight Simulation Solutions AG in Switzerland. Our customer specifically requested Kenyan visual scenery and navigation data, which the engineers at ELITE conscientiously created. There was also state-of-the art technology added to this flight simulator: a 2.3 m diameter DOME visual system which provides a complete solution with a large fully encompassing field of view. With a 12-month on the simulator, the staff at EASA Kenya are now in a situation to fly complex flight maneuvers in a safe and cost-effective environment. The end user is...Read More
H125: The Versatile Workhorse Helicopter The H125, previously known as the Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil, represents a pinnacle of performance and versatility in the world of single-engine helicopters. Renowned for its reliability, agility, and adaptability, the H125 has become a workhorse in various industries, including aerial work, tourism, law enforcement, and emergency medical services. This article provides factual information, technical specifications, and a brief history of the H125, highlighting its impressive capabilities and contributions to the aviation industry. Historical Background The H125 traces its roots back to the AS350 Écureuil, which was developed by the European helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters). The Écureuil, meaning “Squirrel” in French, first flew in 1974 and quickly gained recognition for its exceptional performance and versatility. Over the years, Airbus Helicopters continued to refine and enhance the design, leading to the development of the H125, which debuted in 2013. Technical Specifications – Dimensions: Length: 10.93 meters (35.9 feet) Rotor diameter: 10.69 meters (35.1 feet) Height: 3.34 meters (10.11 feet) – Performance: Maximum speed: 287 km/h (178 mph) Range: 648 km (402 miles) Service ceiling: 6,096 meters (20,000 feet) Maximum takeoff weight: 2,250 kg (4,960...Read More
The Bell 505, a cutting-edge light utility helicopter, has emerged as a game-changer in the aviation industry. Combining advanced technology, superior performance, and versatility, the Bell 505 offers a wide range of applications, from aerial work to law enforcement and private use. This article explores the technical specifications, historical background, and key features of the Bell 505, showcasing its role as a pioneering aircraft in the realm of light helicopters. Historical Background The Bell 505, developed by Bell Helicopter, represents a significant milestone in the company’s portfolio of rotorcraft. Designed as a successor to the popular Bell 206 JetRanger series, the development of the Bell 505 began in 2013, aiming to meet the evolving needs of the modern aviation market. The first flight of the Bell 505 took place in November 2014, and it received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June 2017. Since then, the Bell 505 has gained global recognition for its exceptional performance and versatility. Technical Specifications – Dimensions: Length: 10.93 meters (35.9 feet) Rotor diameter: 10.67 meters (35 feet) Height: 3.48 meters (11.4 feet) – Performance: Maximum speed: 232 km/h (144 mph) Range: 632 km...Read More
The Bell 412, a medium-sized twin-engine helicopter, has established itself as a trusted and versatile workhorse in the aviation industry. Renowned for its ruggedness, adaptability, and exceptional performance, the Bell 412 has become a staple in various sectors, including search and rescue, offshore operations, military missions, and firefighting. This article delves into the technical specifications, historical background, and key features of the Bell 412, showcasing its significant contributions to modern aviation. Historical Background The Bell 412, a product of Bell Helicopter, an American aerospace manufacturer, was developed as an upgraded version of the Bell 212 helicopter. The development began in the late 1970s, with the goal of enhancing the capabilities of its predecessor. The first flight of the Bell 412 took place in August 1979, and it received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in January 1981. Over the years, the Bell 412 has seen numerous variants and has become widely recognized as a reliable and versatile helicopter. Technical Specifications – Dimensions: Length: 17.10 meters (56.1 feet) Rotor diameter: 14.02 meters (46 feet) Height: 4.67 meters (15.3 feet) – Performance: Maximum speed: 260 km/h (161 mph) Range: 611 km (380...Read More
ELITE Simulation Solutions Signs First Motion DA42 FSTD at Le Bourget Airshow 2023, Opening a New Era of Simulation Devices for Various Industries [Paris, June 20th 2023] — ELITE Simulation Solutions, a leading provider of innovative simulation solutions for aviation training, is thrilled to announce the signing of its first Motion DA42 Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD) during the prestigious Le Bourget Airshow 2023. This significant milestone marks the beginning of a new era in simulation technology, benefiting flight schools, universities, businesses, and even individual aviation enthusiasts. The Motion DA42 FSTD, developed by ELITE Simulation Solutions, represents a major breakthrough in flight training and proficiency assessment. Combining advanced technology and unparalleled realism, this state-of-the-art device offers a highly immersive and cost-effective solution for pilots and aspiring aviators. With its cutting-edge 6 DOF motion platform and meticulously crafted visuals, the Motion DA42 FSTD replicates the intricacies of real flight, providing a realistic training environment. The signing of the first Motion DA42 FSTD at the Le Bourget Airshow 2023 signifies ELITE Simulation Solutions’ commitment to revolutionizing aviation training and education. By introducing motion capabilities to its simulation devices, ELITE opens up a world of possibilities for aviation enthusiasts, offering enhanced training experiences...Read More
The Bell 206, a renowned light turbine helicopter, has been an icon in the aviation industry since its introduction in the 1960s. With its versatility, reliability, and widespread adoption across various sectors, the Bell 206 has become one of the most successful helicopters in history. This article explores the technical specifications, historical background, and key features of the Bell 206, highlighting its contributions to modern aviation. Historical Background The Bell 206, originally known as the Bell 206 JetRanger, was designed and manufactured by Bell Helicopter, an American aerospace manufacturer. Development of the JetRanger began in the early 1960s as a response to the increasing demand for a lightweight and cost-effective civilian helicopter. The prototype made its maiden flight in December 1962, and the helicopter received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in October 1966. Since then, numerous variants of the Bell 206 have been produced, catering to a wide range of applications. Technical Specifications – Dimensions: Length: 9.55 meters (31.4 feet) Rotor diameter: 10.16 meters (33.4 feet) Height: 2.59 meters (8.5 feet) – Performance: Maximum speed: 222 km/h (138 mph) Range: 585 km (364 miles)...Read More
ELITE Simulation Solutions Unveils Revamped Product Line and Expands Production Capabilities, Seeks to Strengthen Global Reseller NetworkZÜRICH, 08/06/2023 — ELITE Simulation Solutions, a leading provider of cutting-edge flight simulation solutions, is thrilled to announce a major revamp of its product line and an expansion of its production capabilities. As part of its growth strategy, ELITE is actively seeking to reinforce its reseller network worldwide.ELITE Simulation Solutions has been at the forefront of the flight simulation industry for over three decades, consistently delivering innovative and high-quality training devices to aviation professionals and enthusiasts alike. With a commitment to pushing boundaries and enhancing the overall flight training experience, ELITE has embarked on an ambitious plan to revolutionize its product offerings. The revamped product line showcases ELITE’s dedication to providing realistic and immersive training environments. Designed with the latest advancements in simulation technology, the upgraded devices offer unprecedented levels of fidelity, ensuring that pilots receive the most authentic training experience possible. From entry-level trainers to advanced EASA FSTD FTD Level 2 training devices, ELITE Simulation Solutions has a comprehensive range of products to cater to every training requirement.In tandem with the product revamp, ELITE has invested significantly in expanding its production...Read More
With breath taking scenic views and warm temperatures, the Republic of Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean and truly a tourist hotspot. It is therefore not only ideal for pilot training but also to relax and enjoy the beautiful islands for leisure. It is here, where the Maldives Aviation Academy (MAA) has just completed its first-ever simulated flight training programme. The brand new ELITE S812 FNPT II has turned MAA into a fully established flight training organisation (FTO) with the capability to offer integrated CPL with ME rating and IR training. Situated on Gan Island, the second largest island of the Seenu Atoll, Gan International Airport is one of the three international airports in the Maldives. The former Royal Air Force (RAF) and military airbase in the 1950s now functions as an international airport with a high volume of air traffic, which makes it the perfect location for MAA students to fulfil their dreams of becoming a professional pilot. The awarded and prestigious FTO offers programmes for the private pilot license with the possibility of adding a night rating. This option is the first step towards becoming a professional pilot and allows students to fly after sunset in VFR conditions, making time building more flexible and enjoyable –...Read More
The Augusta Westland AW139, an advanced medium-sized twin-engine helicopter, has established itself as a benchmark in the aviation industry. Renowned for its versatility, reliability, and exceptional performance, the AW139 has been widely adopted for various missions, including search and rescue, offshore transport, law enforcement, and VIP transportation. This article delves into the technical specifications, historical background, and key features of the Augusta Westland AW139. Historical Background The AW139 was developed by AgustaWestland, now known as Leonardo Helicopters, an Italian aerospace company, in collaboration with Bell Helicopter. The initial concept took shape in the late 1990s, and the first flight of the prototype occurred in February 2001. Subsequently, the AW139 received certification from various aviation authorities, including the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and entered service in 2003. Technical Specifications – Dimensions: Length: 16.66 meters (54.6 feet) Rotor diameter: 13.80 meters (45.3 feet) Height: 5.17 meters (17 feet) – Performance: Maximum speed: 310 km/h (193 mph) Range: 1,250 km (777 miles) Service ceiling: 6,096 meters (20,000 feet) Maximum takeoff weight: 6,800 kg (14,991 lbs) – Powerplant: Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney PT6C turboshaft engines...Read More
Dübendorf (Zürich), June 1st, 2023 – Located across from the Swiss Air Force base near Zurich, a Swiss company has constantly been evolving flight simulators since the late 80ies. What started as a group of aviation and IT-enthusiasts has turned into a reliable and professional provider of both flight simulation soft- and hardware. As from 2023, ELITE Flight Simulation Solutions Ltd has now expanded its know-how of design and technology into its latest field of products: FTD level simulators for different types of aircraft or helicopters, plus an Airbus A320 flight simulator. According to a spokesman of the company, three of the Airbus simulators have already been sold this year, one to Greece, another one to Germany and the latest one to the Czech Republic. True to ELITE’s credo of supplying the best price value ratio since its inception in 1987, ELITE is selling their new high-quality devices at a higher pace than anyone else in the industry. Each of the new devices required a certification process in order to enable credits towards flight hours. This certification is done in Europe by EASA under CS-FSTD A and qualifies the device as an “FNPT II MCC”. This means, the provider (in...Read More
Becoming a pilot is a dream for many, but the road to becoming a pilot is a long and challenging one. The training involves a combination of ground school and flight training, with the use of flight simulators playing an increasingly important role. In this article, we will describe the different steps of pilot training, including information on the use of flight simulators, and the importance of muscle memory and regular training. Ground School The first step in pilot training is ground school, where aspiring pilots learn about the theory of flight, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, aviation regulations, navigation, weather patterns, and other critical topics. Ground school is typically done in a classroom setting and includes lectures, textbooks, and exams. This phase of training is essential for pilots to have a solid understanding of the principles of flight and to be able to apply them to real-world situations. Flight Training After completing ground school, pilots start their flight training. This training typically begins in a small single-engine aircraft, where pilots learn the basics of handling an aircraft, takeoff, landing, and navigation. They also learn how to handle emergency situations and develop their flying skills. As pilots gain experience, they move on...Read More
This year marks a very special milestone between ELITE and the prestigious Pilatus Aircraft Ltd based in Switzerland. In the beginning of 2003, the development activities for the first Pilatus PC-9 M FTD provided by ELITE started. Since then, a high number of FTDs and other training devices have been sold to PC-7, PC-9 and PC-21 operators world-wide which continue to run them in close cooperation with the aircraft producer. This fame has echoed throughout the flight simulator world. What first started with low-key contacts back in 2002/2003 – a time when ELITE operated from a small office location in the village of Winkel near Zurich airport – has graduated into a trustworthy and stable business relationship between these two key players in the aviation world. As sales manager René Huddlestone puts his joy into words: “It is an absolute privilege to work together with Pilatus Aircraft Ltd as a world-class aviation partner.” Both companies are only an hour drive away by car. This geographical proximity, allowing engineers from both ends to work side-by-side, has given these projects a huge boost. Almost identical work ethics and quality assessments, backed by the state law of the same country, have...Read More
JETSIMs in Athens, Greece, welcomes its brand-new ELITE Airbus A320 FNPT II MCC simulator These are exciting times for Athens based JETSIMs Aviation Training Services, as CEO Dimitris P. Perdikaris explains: “The Airbus A320 simulator has received excellent feedback not only from our ATO’s students, but also from experienced Captains who are thrilled with its performance and accuracy.”It features not only realistic dual Multi-Function and Primary Flight displays, but also comes with a200 degrees horizontal and 45 degrees vertical, curved, movie-quality projector screen and frame. Apart from providing a brand-new Airbus A320 FNPT II MCC simulator, ELITE also upgraded JETSIMs existing ELITE S923 FNPT II MCC with a 3-channel curved visual screen and new Lockheed Martin P3D visual software, along with five designated 3D airport models. “Our S923 FNPT II MCC has been inservice for almost 13 years. The accumulated 22’000 hours of training have demonstrated the durability and reliability of the simulator, which has consistently met the highest standards”, says Dimitris Perdikaris. The A320 FNPT II MCC was commissioned and subsequently approved by the Greek CAA under EASA CS-FSTD A FNPT II MCC regulations. It features original OEM parts such as for example original Airbus side sticks...Read More
Software Engineer (m/f/d) ELITE Simulation Solutions is a global provider of a wide range of fixed- and rotary-wing aviation training devices and associated software. We develop, build, sell, and support EASA, FAA, CASA, ANAC and DGCA approved flight training devices and offer customized products to both private and government entities. Our trademarks are quality, innovation, and excellent customer service. Our vision is the advancement of pilot proficiency, safety, and confidence. If you are motivated, innovative, and committed to deliver your best while working on cutting-edge simulation and graphics technology in an international, multidisciplinary and collaborative team, then this position might be an incredible fit for you. Your Responsibilities: Develop and support our software modules and their associated interfaces, which drive elements such as 3D visualization graphics, simulated instruments, flight dynamics, and many more. Contribute to the integration of third-party software to provide a customized, simulated flight experience. Work in a multidisciplinary environment, while learning about and understanding customer needs. Required profile: Strong programming skills in C++, C, and as well as familiarity with current standards. Experience or familiarity with communication protocols (e.g. TCP, UDP, CAN bus) Passion for aviation and/or flight simulation. English communication skills. Non-exclusive experience (ideal/bonus to have,...Read More
The mid-sized Aviation Training Organisation Aviaticky klub, which is located in the Czech Republic, has been offering modular flight training for almost two decades. Its clients range from applicants seeking private flying as a way to escape from the everyday “hustle and bustle” to young ATPL applicants working their way towards a professional career in the airline industry. The impressive fleet consists of 20 single and multi-engine trainers evenly spread between the airports of Roudnice (LKRO) and Plzen (LKLN), both within approximately an hour’s drive from the capital of Prague. As from 2023, Aviaticky klub is a proud owner of its very own ELITE S311 AATD and FNPT II, supplied by ELITE Flight Simulation Solutions AG in Switzerland. „Until the purchase of this latest device our company had to outsource the ATR FNPT II training at high rates, with ever changing instructors and the necessity of commuting to the supplier at the airport of Prague“, explains head of training at Aviaticky klub, Mr Viktor Soukup. „Some students who live further away were actually restricted to instrument flying on our aircraft only.“ “After a thorough market study we had started to collect the funds to invest in our own FNPT II simulator“,...Read More
JetForTrip is not only a renowned flight charter company that provides international private and freight flights, but also one of the most sought for approved flight training organisations (ATO) in the Czech republic. Founded in 2010, the flight operations moved to Mladá Boleslav airport near Prague, where the company is still based today. The impressive fleet of six planes is now matched with the ELITE S923 FNPT II MCC, featuring the simulation of both Piper Seneca III and Beechcraft King Air B200 aircraft types. Mr Zdenek Sedlacek, CEO of JetForTrip, is very excited about the delivery & installation of the new flight simulator and says: “The FSTD is just the start of a long-term cooperation between JetForTrip and ELITE Simulation Solutions AG. From my point of view I’m extremely satisfied with the choice of this ELITE product!“ The primary achievement of JetForTrip by purchasing this state-of-the art device is to provide most effective flight training for less money, while still maintaining the highest level of quality. “I have no doubt that with this choice we now belong to the best flight schools in this country by owning our very own FSTD“, explains Sedlacek. ELITE is represented in the Czech Republic by Martin Krouza who has a...Read More
Since 1987, ELITE (acronym for Electronic IFR Training Environment) has provided IFR simulation software for pilots worldwide. Over the years, ELITE Simulation Solutions AG has developed a wide range of simulation software and services for a variety of industries, including aviation, and defense. The company’s products and services are designed to be flexible, user-friendly, and effective, helping customers achieve their goals through the use of simulation. In this article, together with Peter Pirchl-Zaugg who has been a part of ELITE Simulation Solutions AG for over 22 years we will explore some of the benefits that come with developing your own software for use in a flight simulator. Control and Customization One of the primary benefits of developing our own software for a flight simulator is the level of control and customization that it provides. It gives us an excellent flight modeling capability. When using external software solutions, developers are limited by the features and functionalities provided by the software vendor. However, by creating our own software, we can tailor our simulator experience to specific needs and preferences. This allows for greater control over the simulation environment and the ability to create a truly unique experience. Regulations We own the rights to the code, content, and other...Read More
As the first PC-based flight simulation providers, ELITE Simulation Solutions AG has enjoyed a fascinating history over the past 35 years since its launch. With our expert, Rene Huddlestone, who proudly represents ELITE for over 26 years we’ve outlined how this swiss-based, the family business has grown into one of the leaders in the aviation simulation market. The Beginning ELITE Simulation Solutions AG was founded by a group of experts in the field of computer simulation, who saw the potential for using simulations to model complex systems and help organizations make more informed decisions. From its earliest days, the company focused on developing advanced software tools and services that could help customers in a variety of industries leverage the power of simulation. ELITE’s story begins in 1987 when Thomas Bolli, at the time Swissair Captain and later the head of Lufthansa Aviation Training Switzerland – SWISS, Joerg Rickli who is still the co-owner to date and Professor Dr. Marti, former Professor of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology opened their first office in Zurich, Switzerland. The three of them founded the company, calling their newest venture: Initiative Computing AG. The first product was called ELITE which stood for Electronic Instrument Training Environment in 1995 inspired the...Read More
Aviation safety increased through the use of flight simulators Introduction Flight simulators are a great tool for learning how to fly professionally and safely. In a persuasive tone: As you may already be aware, aviation is one of the most heavily regulated industries in existence. This isn’t just because it’s inherently dangerous—it’s also because aviation safety has increased through the use of flight simulators. In fact, simulator training allows pilots to practice in a safe environment before they fly in real conditions. This means that by using a simulator before you get into an aircraft, you’ll be able to learn from your mistakes without endangering yourself or anyone else on board! And as an added bonus? Simulator training can actually help increase your chances for success after graduation – so if this sounds like something that interests you then read on! Aircraft simulators provide the ideal environment for pilots to improve their skills and become more effective, increasing aviation safety. Aircraft simulators are used to train pilots, test pilots and train and test pilots. When a pilot wishes to become certified as an airline pilot, they must pass a safety check in order to be allowed on the plane. They...Read More
Which type of Fix-Wing Simulator do I need? Here is a guide made especially for you to help you choose the best suitable simulator matching your needs and requirements. Flight simulators have assimilated a huge amount of interest in the past years and have proven to be worthy investments in flight training organizations. During the pandemic years, as many planes were grounded, flight simulators were regarded as “safe working zones” for both students and instructors. A simulator is nowadays considered a “must have” for a FTO (Flight Training Organization). Potential new students will almost always opt for the school that runs a simulator, so you are at the right place here. Beneath you will find concise and necessary pieces of information for each simulator type to help you purchase the “perfect match”! AATD Terminology: (AATD) Advanced Aviation Training Device An AATD will help you with following aviation licence requirements: General familiarization into general piloting concepts 5 Hrs towards the Private pilot’s licence As much as 20 Hrs towards the Instrument licence And even as much as 50 Hrs torwards the Commercial pilot’s licence Maintain necessary currency checks Let’s look in detail at the maximum credits available: FAA APPROVED ADVANCED ATD...Read More
The diverse and important impact of (flight) simulators in the fields of research, ATC training and other non-aeronautical fields by Aviation Journalist Stephan Mark Stirnimann For 30+ years ELITE has provided devices for flight schools worldwide with a lasting impact and a proven success story. The benefits of our world-renowned simulators for flight schools and other flight training or operating organizations are clear to both students and professional pilots. That is why we are the top address when finding a tailor-made simulator – built to satisfy the customer. So let us focus in this article on the role a simulator has in other fields of research such as at Universities (A) and higher education institutions, as well as the Air Traffic Control (B) departments and even the combination of «medicine with machine» using simulators as a therapeutic way (C) to cure human illnesses, including traumatic phobias. Simulators and their increasing role in Universities and other educational institutions (A) Undergraduate and postgraduate Aeronautics and Astronautics students are being trained to observe the important role of aircraft design and its influence on handling of an aircraft. Most Universities set the focus in the first year of the degree on design,...Read More
In a World that benefits from practical experience, when it comes to air safety, time spent training in uncomfortable situations is the only way to step up from novice level into being taken seriously up in the air. Within the safety net of a simulator, students have the ability to prepare for the conditions of a flight; the view, the motion, and the controls, making for a risk-free environment in which a beginner pilot can learn, and excel. Through mimicking the ‘real life flight’ feeling, we eradicate risk and we create financially viable options for our next generation of flight leaders! The benefits of incorporating flight simulation training into your early stage development is for us a no-brainer. Here’s why: Safety Novices who learn to fly in a simulator are granted the opportunity to learn standard aviation procedures in a safe environment. Simulators give students the chance to learn and experiment with aircraft controls and flight methods from the safety of being on the ground. There are numerous steps to learn the various flight maneuvers needed to take the next steps in your flying career. We propose-limit the risk and perfect the basics first. Doing that on the ground alleviates...Read More
Zurich, 19/12/2022 South East Technological University (SETU) in Ireland reaches “new heights” as it welcomes the Garmin G1000 flight simulator ELITE Flight Simulation Solutions has recently sold a brand-new Garmin G1000 flight simulator to Irelands prestigious South East Technological University (SETU). SETU offers exceptional learning and collaboration platforms, with the aim of transforming the ambitions of learners, researchers and businesses across Ireland and beyond. The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering has a proud history of achievement over the past 40 years and was even awarded the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) Aviation Academic Education Award. This is exciting news for Irish and international students from the Centre of Aerospace Engineering. “SETU is the only technological university in Ireland to have a Garmin G1000 glass cockpit flight simulator”, said Dr Gerard Gibbs, program director of the Aerospace Engineering course. He believes the custom-built Garmin G1000 flight simulator will be of great benefit to the university. “The addition of the flight simulator will transform the teaching experience for both staff and students”, Dr. Gibbs added. While SETU offers a multitude of fascinating career paths to graduates within the flight industry – such as avionics engineering, mechanical systems engineering, navigation/system test engineering,...Read More
Lien vers l’article: https://www.journal-aviation.com/actualites/46837-elite-simulation-solutions-boutique-hotel-du-simulateur-elargit-son-offre La société suisse ELITE Simulation Solutions, basée à Zürich, conçoit, développe, produit et vend des simulateurs de vol certifiés EASA et FAA depuis 1987. Avec un catalogue de près d’une vingtaine de modèles d’avions et d’hélicoptères, ELITE est en s’adapte aux besoins d’écoles de pilotage et de centres de formation, comme d’industriels ou de compagnies aériennes. ELITE gère en interne la conception, la production mais également le développement de software pour les modèles de vol et les fonctionnalités de ses simulateurs. Ainsi, après avoir lancé son simulateur type A320 et un S311 générique convertible il y a quelques mois, ELITE s’apprête à proposer un simulateur pour former les futurs pilotes d’Airbus H125. Le simulateur de pilotage de H125 sera certifié FNPT II (Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer). Il représente donc un système proche du véritable appareil, permettant de s’entrainer aux procédures et au vol aux instruments dans un environnement immersif. C’est une réplique des systèmes d’Airbus, avec autopilote, NAV 1 COMM, DME…, englobé par un visuel HD sur 200° et un poste instructeur. Comme pour l’ensemble de sa gamme de produits, Elite Simulation Solutions garantit sa certification à ses clients, promesse qui plaît à ses clients...Read More
S311 FNPT II Eco-Flyer sold to Hub’ Air Aviation Academy for its base located in the South of France Hub’ Air Aviation Academy, renowned for its outstanding flight Students program has placed an order for its first ELITE flight simulator device to be delivered and installed at the base in Avignon, in the South of France. The ELITE Evolution S311 FNPT II Eco-Flyer not only saves the Flight Training Organization (FTO) a lot of money, but also a lot of precious space, since its dimensions only measure 3.5 x 3 x 2.5 meters. Needless to say, its “ecological footprint” is far smaller. Francois Brocart, accountable manager at Hub’ Air, is looking forward to operating the new S311 FNPT II ELITE Eco-Flyer and says: «We have searched a long time for a reliable, strong, robust and yet small and very affordable FNPT II to use for our IR training. ELITE has provided us with the necessary package that allows us in turn, to provide high quality training in a very user-friendly way and at reduced costs for our students.” René Huddlestone, Director of Sales & Marketing at ELITE, makes it clear, that the features of the S311 FNPT...Read More
Zurich, Switzerland ELITE Simulation Solutions and ProSim Training Solutions agree on a new A320 type representative FNPT II MCC partnership A powerful collaboration has been established between the two key players in the flight simulator world. ELITE, as a world class simulator manufacturer and ProSim with its unmatched software technology have decided to become partners on the A320 type representative simulation device FNPT II MCC based “on the best of both worlds”, as ELITE Marketing & Sales Director René Huddlestone explains. “These are good times for Airlines, ATO’s, flight schools and universities, as well as simulator centers, because this combined product of ELITE and ProSim is now the most sophisticated A320 type representative simulation device on the market. As a “combo” from both companies, this will be THE reference point for A320 FNPT II and FTD customers world-wide.” Hanne Koole, CEO of ProSim Solutions, says: “We are excited to work with ELITE to provide Swiss Quality Simulators equipped with ProSim software to the flight school market, in which they are one of the global leaders. Moreover, by supplying jet airliner simulators, this will provide an opportunity also for ATOs and airlines to benefit from ELITE’s portfolio of products...Read More
Zurich, Switzerland 17/10/2022 Celebrating a long-standing relationship between ELITE and AVIACOM in India Aviacom has been specializing for 15 years in the fields of aircraft and flight simulator sales, their installation and maintenance support on the Indian subcontinent. Its main customers are civilian and military (air force) operators. The highly qualified specialists at Aviacom are available 24×7 to help customers with advice and technical assistance. Captain Sanjay Kumar, Managing Director at Aviacom puts the business story into words: ‘With innovation in the heart of our company culture, we pioneered the flight simulators in 2007 and became the first company in India to introduce glass cockpit trainer aircraft and flight simulators. Since then, we have been on a successful business journey, creating a future through our best machines for both civil and air force pilots.” At around the same time in 2007 ELITE decided to appoint Aviacom as its sole dealer in India. This business relationship has since then thrived and led to success for both pioneering companies. René Huddlestone, sales manager, is extremely happy and says: „We’ve been delighted to work with Aviacom over the last 15 years and are looking forward to many more productive years ahead...Read More
Zurich, Switzerland 04/10/2022 Novation Academy to be the first ELITE customer in Cambodia Novation Academy, based in Phnom Penh, the busy capital of Cambodia, has recently secured itself a versatile ELITE PI-1000 Professional Flight Training Device. Novation Academy is the first Approved Training Organization (ATO) to offer Commercial Pilot (CPL) and Private Pilot (PPL) training in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Situated in the Central Business District with modern facilities and outstanding resources, Novation Academy offers the opportunity to learn to fly in one of the most advanced flight training academies in South East Asia. Novation Academy was founded by its CEO, Kirill Bratchenko, an IT expert and aviation enthusiast, who has been in Cambodia for 15 years and by his Head of Training / Chief Flight Instructor, Eugene Zakharankau, with 8000 hours total flight time / 6500 hrs as Flight Instructor. The Company’s mission is to become the best Aviation Academy in South East Asia and its aim is to train pilots of the future. “Aviation and innovation” are the two concepts that Novation Academy stands for. By 2025, Novation Academy aims to gain international recognition and reach maximum compliance whilst training 75 to 100 students annually. Kirill Bratchenko is delighted...Read More
Advantages of a certified flight simulator It is more affordable and environmentally clean The absolute best investment in pilot training is the purchase and use of a flight simulator. It is much more affordable than burning fuel in the air, paying for expensive maintenance, or having to sign a contract for a huge sum for insurance. And you don’t even need your own airfield! Practice all emergencies in any weather condition (which your instructor decides to “throw” you in) and every flight will end safely. It is the safest way to learn to fly Statistics show that a very high number of accidents happen during flight training. So why not invest now into a flight simulator where all operations are “safe and sound”? Our flight simulators give students the chance to experiment with all the controls and at the same time enhance their flight methods and maneuvers. Unexpected and challenging situations, which students are likely to face in the air can be encountered within the “safety net” of a flight simulator. Navigation in the flight simulator is the key to success Navigation is a skill that needs intense training and good preparation. So why not prepare your first solo navigation...Read More
PRESS RELEASE Zürich, 17.05.2022 ELITE Kite 35 FTD 2 / FNPT II MCC – based on the GFD operated Learjet 35 ELITE Simulation Solutions AG, based in Zürich/Switzerland, was awarded a contract from German GFD GmbH to develop, manufacture and integrate an ELITE Kite 35 Flight Training Device. The ELITE Kite 35 will achieve the FTD 2 certification regarding EASA CS-FSTD (A) Issue 2, and on top, achieve EASA CS-FSTD (A) Issue 2 FNPT II MCC certification. The ELITE Kite 35 fully replicates the Bombardier Learjet 35 as it is operated by GFD GmbH from their MOB Hohn, close to Kiel in Germany. The FTD 2 is planned to enter into regular training operation in Hohn beginning 2023. As an option, GFD GmbH plans to upgrade their Kite 35 training device to FTD B level according to the new EASA CS-FSTD (A) Issue 3 certification level. About GFD GFD GmbH is a reliable and experienced service provider specialized in the fields of aviation and simulation. As a long-term partner, we provide cost-effective services for the German Armed Forces using state-of-the art technology. The large number of experienced former military pilots enable GFD to deliver training solutions tailored to the needs...Read More
ELITE has further developed it’s EHFCU (Elite Helicopter Flight Control Unit) to incorporate a motion platform. This newly developed device is used to teach students basic and advanced flight principles. The precise motion actuators are adjustable and therefore can be adapted to any helicopter model, encompassing the physics of each model individually. Combined with modern VR-Technology the immersion factor of course is extraordinary. Supported by ELITE’s renown high precision pedals, collective and cyclic, the pilot is completely immersed in the visual scenery and simulator in general. The use of this new simulator platform further maximizes the benefits for the students and contributes to further increasing all flight safety aspects. This new device will become available commercially within the next weeks and the first unit is now already in service at Blue Sky Aviation S.R.O in the Czech Republic. The new EFHCU Motion platform has recently been featured on Czech TV station CZECH TV CT24. You can view the video coverage from CZECH TV CT24 directly here:Read More
As a result of constant development our team of engineers at ELITE has carefully developed a solution in these hard-pressed times. To protect yourself and your students from any potential airborne viruses and other particles while performing flight training ELITE presents as per October 2020 it’s very own „State of the Art Corona Filter“. ELITE sales manager René Huddlestone is very pleased to announce this important piece of engineering art. “This innovative add-on will work for any simulator not just ELITE. In fact it could potentially also be installed on any other non-ELITE Simulator too – depending on space availability inside the cockpit Shell“, explains Mr René Huddlestone. The “Corona Filter” can be installed by your technician on-site or alternatively you can have ELITE install it for you and combine this with a free simulator check. The supplied HEPA filters certified for class H14 remove more than 99.995% of all fine suspended particles and can be used to filter viruses. HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate arresting”. As the name suggests, these filters are very good at pulling particles out of the air and holding onto them so that they can’t be recirculated. The fibers in a HEPA filter are designed...Read More
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