Global Pilot Training Group L3Harris Commercial Aviation’s GM of Training Services Visits Indian Airline Cadets in Ground Training Phase

Global pilot training group and full flight simulator manufacturer L3Harris Commercial Aviation which operates pilot training facilities across the world including the United Kingdom and United States deployed its VP and GM of Training Services Dave Coward to India to visit the Air India Training Academy and speak with the Air India Cadet Pilot Program individuals enrolled to take their flight training at L3Harris’s flight training base in Sanford, Florida, United States.

I was delighted to speak with our cadets about our honour of being part of the Program and the exciting future ahead for them as Air India pilots. We are proud to be part of their journey and look forward to welcoming them in Sanford for the next stage of their training when they will take to the Florida skies in our large fleet of aircraft,” said Dave Coward, VP and GM of Training Services, L3Harris Commercial Aviation.

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US Flight Training Group Epic Flight Academy Opens 5th Flight Training Campus

Florida, United States-headquartered flight and aircraft maintenance training group Epic Flight Academy’s staff and members of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony during Epic’s grand opening of its newest flight school location at the Herlong Recreational Airport in Jacksonville, Florida.

This is Epic’s fifth flight school, with other locations in Ocala, Tallahassee, New Smyrna Beach, and Tucson.

Brock Rees, Director of Satellite Operations, oversaw the expansion and was on site for the celebration with other Epic staff members. Guests were invited to take discovery flights, tour the school, and experience a flight simulator.

Flight students have already enrolled and are training in Epic’s FAA-approved pilot program.

Epic Flight Academy is headquartered in New Smyrna Beach, Florida with locations across the U.S. The company was founded in 1999 and provides FAA-approved flight training and aircraft mechanic training.

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US Airline Pilot Training and Pathway Program Highlights Partners Attending EAA AirVenture 2024

Aviate, United’s industry-leading pilot career development program offering aspiring and established pilots the most direct path to a United flight deck, will be at EAA AirVenture from July 23-25, 2024 and has highlighted its parterns who will be in attendance including:

  • Auburn University
  • California Aeronautical University
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Lewis University
  • Purdue University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • University of North Dakota
  • Western Michigan University
  • ATP
  • Phoenix East Aviation
  • United Aviate Academy
  • US Aviation Academy
  • GoJet

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Spirit Recruiter to Visit US Aviation Academy in September 2024 to Speak with Students and Instructors

Texas – United States based US Aviation Academy (USAA), one of the largest aviation and pilot training organizations in North America which recently announced it had already enrolled more than 400 aspiring pilots to its 2024 flight training courses, will be visited by recruiters from Spirit Airlines in September 2024 as the airline will speak to student pilots and flight instructors.

USAA’s flight training takes place across 6 flight training campuses and is conducted using a fleet of more than 130 training aircraft.

About US Aviation Academy
US Aviation Group came under current ownership in 2006 and has grown from a hand full of Piper Warriors and a Seneca to one of the largest Part 141 flight academies in the country with over 130 aircraft at six locations. US Aviation’s growth is a product of professionalism, a commitment to safety, and excellence in training. These core values have made US Aviation Academy the choice flight training partners for colleges nationwide. In 2021 US Aviation launched its first Part 147 airframe and powerplant mechanic program which is rapidly expanding with three locations.

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Airbus Announces Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries for the Month of June 2024

In June 2024, European aircraft manufacturer Airbus:

  • Delivered 67 aircraft to 40 customers
    • 2 A220-100
    • 5 A220-300
    • 19 A320neo
    • 34 A321neo
    • 3 A330-900
    • 4 A350-900
  • Secured 73 orders
    • 38 A321neo
    • 4 A330-200
    • 31 A350-900
  • Year to date Airbus has delivered 323 aircraft to 65 customers.

AFM Team Note – kindly contact us for a detailed excel breakdown of orders and deliveries by airline.

See last month’s order here.

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Global Pilot Training Solution Provider’s L3Harris Flight Academy Highlights Extensive 2024 Partnerships with US Airlines

Florida, United States – L3Harris Flight Academy has strong relationships with multiple U.S. airlines that offer career pathways to the major carriers including American, Delta and United.

In a first of a mini-series, L3Harris putting the spotlight on each and every one of these airlines to detail how an L3Harris Flight Academy student, benefit from the relationship with them. Please see an extract of the announcement below.


  • Overview: Enrolling will provide you with the opportunity to apply to become an Air Wisconsin trainee. The program is a stepping stone for cadets to gather experience as pilots whilst flying for Air Wisconsin.
  • Key pathway: You will be able to build long-lasting relationships in the company and will have access to a pathway to ultimately fly for American Airlines.


  • Overview: Students can benefit from the relationship with Atlas Air. Through their fleet of Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737, Atlas carry everything and everyone, from the U.S. military to humanitarian aid, sports teams to music superstars, e-commerce to economies.
  • Key pathway: Atlas identify and interview students and present conditional offers of employment to those suitable to become an Atlas Air pilot upon successful completion of training.


  • Overview: Students and Flight Instructors at L3Harris can now benefit from the relationship with Avelo Airlines. When you have achieved between 1,000 and 1,200 hours total flight time, the team will work with Avelo to recommend eligible Instructors for interview.
  • Key pathway: Successful completion of this pathway program takes you directly from student, to Instructor at L3Harris, to First Officer with Avelo.

Source: L3Harris Flight Academy
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ASTi Hosts FAA for Simulated Air Traffic Control Environment (SATCE) Workshop in June 2024

In June 2024, ASTi welcomed three representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to its facility in Herndon, VA for two days of on-site demonstrations and discussions about the role of immersive Simulated Air Traffic Control Environment (SATCE) technologies in flight simulation and pilot training. ASTi was selected to participate in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the FAA to support industry research as part of its National Aviation Research Plan (NARP) for 2024–2028 in an effort to “develop a path for certification for simulated ATC environments.”

Grant Morfitt, Research Engineer; Somil Shah, Aerospace Engineer; and Larry McDonald, Senior Technical Specialist for Flight Simulation Systems joined members of ASTi‘s development team to see and hear ASTi‘s immersive Simulated Environment for Realistic ATC (SERA) product in action. SERA is the industry-leading SATCE solution, shipping over 300 systems and integrating with more than 20 simulator manufacturers around the world.

The ongoing study will take place over the next three years in multiple phases. The FAA will install SERA on an Airbus A320 flight simulator at the William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) in Atlantic City, NJ. Follow-up installations at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) in Oklahoma City, OK will find SERA hosted on an A330/320 Level D full-flight simulator for evaluation. ASTi anticipates that the initial results of this research will lead to the issuance of FAA policy, guidance, and best practices for SATCE technologies.

ASTi looks forward to working closely with the FAA throughout its research plan to better understand how SATCE systems can improve the pilot training experience and reduce the number of incidents caused by pilot miscommunication.

Contact ASTi to learn more about SERA or to arrange an in-person demonstration.

About ASTi

ASTi is the leading supplier of communications, automated ATC, and sound systems to the training and simulation industry. ASTi meets FAA, EASA, and equivalent Level D qualifications with simulators around the world. Since 1989, ASTi has fielded over 11,000 systems at more than 1,000 installation sites in the US and 50 other countries.

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Flight Simulation Solution Provider True Course Simulations Installs Immersive Training Devices at US Regional Airline Owned Flight Training Group

United States based flight training simulation solution provider True Course Simulations has shared that two of its representatives recently visited Leadership In Flight Training Academy (LIFT) in Indianapolis, Indiana, to install their new True Course Simulations Immersive Training Devices (ITDs). This partnership with the prestigious professional flight training organization marks a significant step in bringing immersive technology to LIFT’s students.

True Course Simulations expressed their excitement, stating, “It’s an honour to be partnering with such a prestigious professional flight training organisation and we’re looking forward to supporting their vision to bring immersive technology to their students.”

True Course Simulations (TCS) offers three types of Immersive Training Device (ITD), each with its own Virtual Instructor Courseware. They are:

  1. Cessna Aircraft Company 172 (G1000 & Round Dial)
  2. Diamond Aircraft DA40 (G1000)
  3. Military Fighter Configuration (Textron Aviation T6 Texan II and others)

The Private Pilot course, which includes some 28-30 hours of content and over 70 individual lessons, is delivered by TCS’s proprietary Virtual Instructor Courseware for:

  1. Cessna 172 – G1000 and round dials
  2. Diamond DA40: Lycoming Configuration
  3. Diamond DA40: NG FADEC Configuration (coming soon)

TCS is continually working on new aircraft ITDs and courseware.

Source: True Course Simulations
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