Simulator Manufacturer, Entrol, Announces New Line of Full Flight Simulator Level B Certified Devices

Entrol is proud to announce the new line of Full Flight Simulator (FFS) Level B certified products. Since the company was founded in 2005, Entrol has had one goal: to achieve excellence in flight simulators. Ever since, Entrol has been upgrading every product in the industry, developing a singular technology independence, growing together with their customers, and making their objectives also Entrol’s own.

“When we managed to certify our first FNPT, we knew we could level up by certifying our first FNPT II, and then the MCC came. We have managed to offer our customers the FTD certification, achieving the FTD Level 3 certification for helicopter simulators. But we needed more for us. We arrived in the USA with our first AATD, which gave us a better insight into the needs of the American market and made us discover new challenges and new offices,” said Entrol. “Today, we proudly want to announce that we have completed all the preparations to take the next step.”

Starting January 2024, Entrol will begin to offer their customers the certification FFS Level B, one step closer to its objective that began 18 years ago and today allows the company to fly even higher and further.

Entrol thanked Virtual Reality eXperience – VRXsim® for their collaboration, who will become Entrol’s preferential 6 degrees of freedom motion system provider and accompany the company in this new challenge.

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Flight Simulation Solutions Provider, Loft Dynamics, Unveils Airbus H125 with Garmin Glass Cockpit VR Flight Training Device

Loft Dynamics, a provider of virtual reality (VR) flight simulation training devices (FSTD) for pilots worldwide, announced that it will debut its Garmin glass cockpit VR flight training device at European Rotors 2023.

Visitors have the opportunity to test-fly the glass cockpit Airbus H125 for the first time in a realistic simulator.

“As glass cockpits gain prominence and popularity, it’s important to adapt and continue providing pilots with a highly realistic, practical, and invaluable flight training experience,” explained Fabi Riesen, founder and CEO of Loft Dynamics.

“Our VR glass cockpit precisely replicates the Airbus H125 cockpit, enhancing situational awareness in a way never before possible. It blurs the lines between in-flight helicopter training and simulator-based training to the point where it’s almost impossible to tell them apart.”

A lifelike training device 

Loft Dynamics’ latest VR flight training device shares the features of its Airbus H125 predecessor and now includes a glass cockpit with Garmin’s avionics suite.

A full replica cockpit enables users to operate Garmin avionics, including the GTN 650 GPS and G500H TXi primary flight display with haptic feedback, utilizing the touch screens and knobs.

Additionally, the integrated virtual tablet, used for checklist reading and navigation chart usage, has been enhanced with the original ForeFlight app to display the aircraft’s current position and flight track.

This improvement ensures safer, easier, and more efficient simulation flights. All these features take advantage of Loft Dynamics’ VR technology, providing a 360-degree 3D view to precisely control the helicopter close to the ground.

The highly dynamic six-degrees-of-freedom motion platform allows pilots to feel the movements of the helicopter and the realistic ground contact of the skids. This training solution has a compact design that is 10 times smaller than traditional full-motion simulators.

Versatile training capabilities

The company’s glass cockpit VR training device can be utilized to conduct complete skill tests and proficiency checks, executing operator proficiency checks, receive training credits for type ratings, including normal and abnormal procedures, train flying at night, and in addition execute instrument flight training towards, the instrument rating.

The simulator, equipped with the new glass cockpit, can already be ordered and is expected to receive its EASA qualification in 2024.

Realistic HESLO training solution

The add-on module to the Airbus H125 training device equips aspiring pilots with essential skills to execute external sling load operation skills in a turbine helicopter safely and cost efficient.

It includes various scenarios with different window and mirror options, rope lengths, and load configurations. This enables to practice sling load operation using mirror and vertical reference technique. The simulator offers cost-effective training, preparing pilots to efficiently handle complex real-world missions.

Looking ahead

Loft Dynamics achieved significant milestones in the past year, including partnerships with the FAA and expansion in North America. Now, the company is gearing up for an even more impactful year ahead.

The roadmap includes advancing regulatory approvals with the additional aviation authorities. International demo centers, starting with California as the most immediate market are opened to allow pilots to experience the realism of the simulator firsthand.

The Airbus H145 VR simulator will enable pilots to perform among other trainings, proficiency checks and receive credits, in various pilot operation. Furthermore, the technology can be adapted to simulate any rotary- or fixed-wing aircraft and eVTOLs.

Melchior Kaag, head of training and flight operation services at Airbus Helicopters, commends the latest developments: “We always strive to improve the training solutions that we offer to our customers, taking their feedback into account for continuous improvement purposes. Pilot and aircrew proficiency is directly linked to safety. Actively contributing to Loft Dynamics’ latest upgrade of the H125 VR simulator which integrates the Garmin cockpit as well as the development of an H145 VR simulator is fully in line with this objective and will allow Airbus Helicopters to support even more operators.”

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Boutique French Pilot Training Academy Acquires an ALSIM AL250 Training Simulator

Popular flight simulator manufacturer ALSIM is thrilled to announce that Sky Academy, based in Colmar, France, has recently made a significant investment in an ALSIM AL250 simulator.

The AL250 simulator addresses initial phase training needs (PPL,CPL,IR/ME) and is SEP/MEP re-configurable simulator certified as an EASA FNPT II. In addition, it offers both classic and glass cockpit for each flight model at the simple flick of a switch. This device has been extremely well received since its creation and more than 100 of these have already been installed and are in successful operation worldwide.

Thibault Kochersperger, Deputy Director and Compliance Manager at Sky Academy, shared insights into his decision: “The AL250 is the ideal generic simulator for our diverse training programs. ALSIM is a renowned leader in this field, and we approached this investment with the highest confidence. The support we received throughout the process was exceptional, and the installation was fast and faultless. Certification proceeded seamlessly, with ALSIM’s expertise being highly recognized by the authorities.”

Audrey Jeffroy, ALSIM Sales Director, expressed her excitement: “We are delighted to welcome Sky Academy into our client portfolio. We hope this marks the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership between Sky Academy and ALSIM.”

About Sky Academy

Sky Academy, founded 12 years ago by aviation enthusiasts Marije Vermeulen and Dirk Evers, has established itself as a boutique aviation school dedicated to imparting their passion with excellence. As an EASA-approved independent flight school, Sky Academy offers a wide array of training programs tailored for individuals, professional pilots, and business partners, including schools and commercial entities.


ALSIM has been developing and manufacturing FAA & EASA certified FNPT II, FNPT II MCC and AATD flight simulators since 1994. Alsim is well recognized for its know-how, based on 25 years of experience. We’re proud to say our hardware & software is made 100% in house, which means peace of mind for our customers. Alsim’s main objective relies on innovation: we aim to anticipate our client’s needs and remain at the cutting edge of technology.

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FlightSafety International to Build New Airbus A350 Full Flight Simulator for Major US Airline

FlightSafety International has been awarded a contract from Delta Air Lines for the design, development, and manufacture of a new full flight simulator (FFS) for the Airbus A350 aircraft. The state-of-the-art simulator is scheduled for delivery to Delta’s training center located in Atlanta, Georgia, during the fourth quarter of 2024.

The A350 simulator will introduce new technologies that improve operational and maintenance capabilities and enhances the overall training experience.

“This agreement with Delta Air Lines represents a significant milestone in our dedication to providing the highest quality training environments and safety standards,” said Nathan Speiser, FlightSafety Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are confident that the A350 full flight simulator will empower Delta to continue developing the most prepared pilots.”

About FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides training for pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. 

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True Course Simulations Instals 2 VR Immersive Training Devices at India’s Pilot Training Group FSTC

United States based flight training simulation solution provider True Course Simulations (TCS) shared that its team was in India to instal two brand-new, state-of-the-art, VR Immersive Training Devices (ITDs) at the flight training centers of FSTC.

“The new ITDs will be used to teach ab initio students fundamental stick and rudder skills and prepare them better for actual flight lessons in the air. True Course Simulations. Bridging the gap between the book and aircraft since 2011. Our ITDs already have a proven track record in increasing the efficiency of pilot flight training and reducing the hours required for gaining pilot licenses at major (Flight Training Organizations) FTOs such as the United States Air Force Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Massey University School of Aviation etc.” shared TCS.

True Course Simulations designs and manufactures VR Immersive Training Devices (ITDs) and educational courseware solutions. Its range of  ITDs includes Cessna Aircraft Company C172 (Garmin G100 and round dial) and Diamond Aircraft DA40 (G1000).

FSTC is an Indian aviation training group operating both flight schools and full flight simulator training centers.

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Airbus Cooperates with Lufthansa Aviation Training Launching Innovative Virtual-Reality System for Pilot Training

At the Federal Government’s Digital Summit in Jena on November 20th and 21st, Lufthansa Group and Airbus presented a new digital training option for pilots. With the help of VR glasses and a laptop, the so-called “Virtual Procedure Trainer” offers an authentic view of an aircraft cockpit in 3D. By this means, standard operating procedures, which are practiced in a simulator so far, can be trained effectively and more sustainably. The lifelike realization, furthermore, helps to prepare for later phases in the training program. The training content can be repeated as often as the individual needs of the pilots require.

Several politicians will seize the opportunity to find out more about VR cockpit training at the joint exhibition stand of Lufthansa Group and Airbus. It is expected that, among others, Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital and Transport, Stefan Schnorr, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, Dr. Franziska Brantner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, and Daniela Kluckert, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport, will visit the stand.

Matthias Spohr, CEO Lufthansa Aviation Training:” The Federal Government’s Digital Summit is the perfect opportunity to present these new training options for pilots. As a launching partner of the virtual cockpit and together with Airbus, we bring digital progress to life. In this way, Lufthansa Aviation Training is setting new standards for training concepts in terms of quality and innovation.”

Fabrice Hamel, VP of Airbus Flight Operations & Training: “We look back with satisfaction on our cooperation with Lufthansa Aviation Training and are very happy with the positive feedback we are getting. The Virtual Procedure Trainer conveys complex training content in a vivid way and can be put to use without any restrictions in terms of time and place. In this way, it provides optimal support to pilots in preparing and expanding on their training content, thus making it an indispensable tool for increasing competence and safety in air traffic.”

With the VR glasses it is currently possible to simulate the cockpit of the A320 family, one of the most popular passenger planes for the short and medium ranges. In future, the software will be able to render further types of aircraft, such as the A330 and A350 long-haul aircraft. Depending on the further development of the hardware, it is expected that the system can be used flexibly at different locations. The software can be used with VR equipment and by way of supplementation also via an iPad app.

The first two VR set-ups have been successfully installed in Frankfurt and Vienna. As part of a test phase examining user acceptance and software and hardware potential, the extent is being investigated to which the VR solution can be integrated into the Lufthansa Group training environment in the best way possible. LAT, the Lufthansa Group airlines, and Airbus collaborate closely in the further development of the software. The goal is an integration in the type rating course for all pilots of the supported aircraft types.

About Lufthansa Aviation Training

Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH (LAT) is one of the leading companies in the field of flight training with its competence in the training and further education of cockpit and cabin personnel at ten training locations. The company employs around 800 people at different training locations. The registered office is at Munich Airport. The customer portfolio includes over 250 nationally and internationally renowned airlines, including the Lufthansa Group airlines. Lufthansa Aviation Training has almost 200 training devices within its training fleet, including aircraft for pilot training, flight simulators of all common aircraft types for pilot training and emergency and service mock-ups for the training of flight attendants. Under the European Flight Academy (EFA) brand, Lufthansa Aviation Training bundles all Lufthansa Group flight schools. 

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L3Harris Technologies Announces Definitive Agreement to Sell Commercial Aviation Solutions Business for $800 Million

Melbourne, Florida, Nov. 27, 2023 — L3Harris Technologies today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which an affiliate of TJC L.P. will acquire L3Harris’ Commercial Aviation Solutions (CAS) business for $800 million. The acquisition includes a $700 million cash purchase price and $100 million earnout based on the achievement of certain 2023 and 2024 financial performance targets, which together represent an approximate 15x LTM 9/30 EBITDA purchase multiple. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2024 and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

“Today’s announcement is consistent with our multi-year strategy to optimize our national security, technology-focused portfolio,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, Chair and CEO, L3Harris. “Aligned with our capital allocation priorities, we plan to use the proceeds from this transaction to repay debt, which will accelerate our timeline to reach our debt leverage objective.”

The CAS transaction includes the sale of L3Harris’ surveillance joint venture and is subject to a right of first refusal; if exercised, an affiliate of TJC L.P. will acquire the rest of CAS.

L3Harris’ CAS business employs approximately 1,450 people and offers pilot training, flight data analytics, avionics, and advanced air mobility products and services, among other capabilities.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Moelis & Company are serving as financial advisors to L3Harris, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is serving as legal advisor. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as financial advisor, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal counsel for TJC L.P.

About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is the Trusted Disruptor in the defense industry. With customers’ mission-critical needs always in mind, our nearly 50,000 employees deliver end-to-end technology solutions connecting the space, air, land, sea and cyber domains in the interest of national security.

About TJC
TJC L.P. (formerly known as The Jordan Company), founded in 1982, is a middle-market private equity firm that has raised funds with original capital commitments in excess of $22 billion and has a 41-year track record of investing in and contributing to the growth of many businesses across a wide range of industries including Diversified Industrials; Technology, Telecom & Power; Logistics & Supply Chain and Consumer & Healthcare. The senior investment team has been investing together for over 20 years and is supported by the Operations Management Group, which was established in 1988 to initiate and support operational improvements in portfolio companies. TJC has offices in New York, Miami, Chicago and Stamford.

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One of the US Largest Pilot Training Groups Adds Brand New Flight Simulator Manufactured by Flightdeck Solutions

ATP Jets, a United States based Part 142 pilot training organisation based in Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, added another brand new A320 flight simulator manufactured by Flightdeck Solutions, Ltd. This is fourth simulator of the same type taken by the training center this year alone according to J. Shane Kelley, Vice President at ATP Jets.

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