Simulator Manufacturer, MPS, Shares 2024 Update and Insight on the EASA Rulemaking Task 0196 and NPA 2020-15

Netherlands headquartered MPS, which develops, manufactures, installs and maintains type specific fixed based simulators, Chief Executive Officer Philip Adrian shared the latest update and insights on the EASA Rulemaking Task 0196 and NPA 2020-15.

Check it out below.

Implementing new regulations takes years of focused teamwork, a process I am heavily involved in and committed to. Although it has been a while since I updated you on EASA Rulemaking Task 0196, many important steps towards finalization have taken place since publication of NPA 2020-15 in December of 2020. A Focused Consultation just took place last month, so in this blog I will bring you up to speed on developments and give some further insight into the process.

Since I last shared a dedicated blog on this topic, the comment period for NPA 2020-15 opened. This is a lengthy but crucial step in the process. Comments have since been received from National Authorities, affected parties and many individuals. Based on these comments and the Terms of Reference of the team, EASA and the teams have been creating the rule-text and applicable AMC and Guidance material. There are three teams; one team is focused on CS-FSTD, one team is focused on ARA/ORA, and the final team, which I lead, is focused on training.

After working to create the proposed rules, we gathered as a group during the week of June 17th for a Focused Consultation. This was successfully completed with mostly positive comments from participants.

The next steps include additional Focused Consultations on specific items, for example on the final version of CS-FSTD, which is being created by the group led by Olli Hanninen from Traficom, and the opinion from EASA to the European Commission to establish European regulations.

There are already several changes from the original proposal which will have an impact on the training industry. For instance, we have made the change from 12 to 14 features (in coordination with the CS_FSTD team) to ensure better separation between some associated items, such as controls. These have been separated between “Primary Controls Forces and Hardware” and “Primary Flight Controls System ”.

On the training side, we have finished a thorough review of EASA Appendix 9 and have identified the required FCS for each individual task at both the “Training” (T) and “Training to Proficiency” (TP) levels. The TP level replaces the initial proposal of “Testing and Checking” (T&C) and serves as a requirement of FCS to which all training tasks must be completed.

The additional work that has been done by the RMT includes proper incorporation of “Hard Law”, Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material for Competent Authorities with regards to implementation of all these changes.

For the training community, one of the major changes is that unlike before, there will be no time restriction on the use of any specific device. The previous requirement that a Type Rating should be a minimum of 32 hours, of which 16 should be completed in a Full Flight Simulator, is no longer applicable in this proposal, as the FCS rather than the device type will be leading. In essence, this will allow any organization to optimize their training via the Task-to-Tool philosophy and minimize cost while optimizing quality and efficiency. I foresee future Type Ratings to be performed on a multitude of devices, with only the “Pre-Check” and the actual Skill Test being performed in a “heritage” FFS, a significant improvement.

While this work is still ongoing and in the final stages of creation of the Opinion, I do want to take the opportunity to thank those who have contributed to this effort. It has been a long road. We started this effort almost 10 years ago, and it has taken a lot of work from the people below. It is always risky to mention some and not others, but these people deserve the credit for sure:

Francesco Gaetani, Ascanio Russo, Matteo Arnoldi, Nadia Ilieva Prokopis Batzanopoulos and Daan Dousi from EASA, Eric Fuilla-Weishaupt from Airbus, Franziska Scholz from LBA and the previously mentioned Olli Hanninen from Traficom as the team leaders.

Finally, my thanks go out to my training team, with special mention of Frederik Mohrmann (Boeing), Gilad Scherpf (Lufthansa), Steve Gibson (Ryanair)and Christian Norden (Airbus) for their work on the Training Matrices, and many others for their continuous contributions.

MPS recently shared some important videos from our friends at Traficom that also further explain the updated framework for FSTD training in detail. Of course, please note, that the final rules may differ from the information in this blog and presented in the videos linked, as the work is still ongoing. In addition, you can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Good to know: I will be speaking at APATS in Singapore and will be at the MPS booth from Sept 9th through 11th, so I look forward to further discussions on this and many other topics.

Source: MPS
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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
Photo Credit: True Course Simulations

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Flight Simulator Manufacturer Launches Special Offer on Desktop Trainers to Celebrate Device Certification Milestone

Netherlands headquartered flight simulator manufacturer Wright Brothers Flight Technology (WBFT) has shared that its customer’s F AIR’s B737 FNPTII certification has been successfully passed.

In light of this achievement, WBFT is excited to offer a range of desktop trainers compatible with Xplane/P3D or Boeing/Airbus licensed software:

  • B737NG
  • B737MAX
  • A320
  • B787

These desktop trainers are now on sale starting from just €6000.” shared WBFT.

Earlier in the year Wright Brothers Flight Technology has announced a new leasing program tailored specifically to the needs of smaller flight schools. Flight schools can now obtain certified flight simulators for C172, DA40, DA42, and P2006T — starting at just €2850 per month.

Source: Wright Brothers Flight Technology
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Flight Simulator Manufacturer, ALSIM, Shares Key Features of its Debriefing Station

France headquartered flight simulator manufacturer ALSIM has shared information about its debriefing station – the debriefing station in a flight training device is a dedicated area/system where instructors and trainees can review and analyze the performance of a training session. The debriefing station serves as an ideal addition to any simulator setup.

  • Playback Capabilities
  • Flight Data Monitoring
  • Audio and Video
  • Training Record
  • Dedicated Station
  • Self-Installation

Check out the video below.

About ALSIM
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 30 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.

Today, we have more than 450 devices installed and certified in over 60 countries, with over 400 clients.

Source: ALSIM
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US based Delta State University Acquires New ALSIM ALSR20 Flight Simulator to Support its Growing Aviation Department

ALSIM is pleased to announce that Delta State University has chosen the ALSR20 simulator to support flight training in its growing Aviation Department.

The ALSIM ALSR20 has the latest Cirrus SR G6 specific interior cockpit and flight deck including a real Garmin GDU 1050A and GFC 700 Autopilot. It is further equipped with a Garmin® GMA 350C® – All digital Audio Panel and a Garmin® GCU 479®. It can also simulate the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®). The ALSR20 is compliant with the latest aviation standards from EASA and the FAA (FTD Level 5) to Transport Canada and the CAAC.

Garrett Gee, Manager of Flight Operations for Delta State University, comments: “Delta State University was looking for a Flight Training Device that is able to meet the needs of our growing aviation department.  Having just acquired 5 new Cirrus SR20-G6 aircraft, we needed something to help make the transition to these aircraft easier for our students.  We wanted something that was able to provide as realistic as possible training to our students, and the ALSR20 checked all of the boxes.  ALSIM also has a good reputation within the flight training industry and that was also important to us.  Additionally, having a recommendation from Cirrus on the quality of the ALSIM brand was a big plus.

Jason Da Costa, Business Development and ALSIM Sales Manager, says: “ALSIM is extremely proud to have been chosen as the flight training device manufacturer for Delta State University’s advanced aviation educational program. Delta State University’s recent acquisition of 5 new Cirrus SR20-G6 aircraft meant that they needed a premium solution that allowed for a seamless transition from the flight training device to the aircraft. ALSIM’s ALSR20 flight training device fits their needs perfectly and allows Delta State University to continue delivering innovation and excellence in aviation training. With a flight training device manufacturer such as ALSIM, that shared vision continues.

About Delta State University

Located in Cleveland, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, Delta State University is a public institution providing a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate curriculum to approximately 3,500 students representing all of the states and 50 different countries.

The Commercial Aviation Department is committed to delivering an advanced educational experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels, forging the path for upcoming aviation and aerospace leaders. The graduates will possess versatile proficiency, primed to thrive in dynamic flight crews and executive roles and capacities spanning the extensive horizons of the aviation and aerospace industry. Through innovation, industry collaboration, and an emphasis on trends and engagements, they shape professionals who will not only excel today but also guide and lead the future of aviation and aerospace with unwavering competence.

About ALSIM

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 30 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.

Today, we have more than 450 devices installed and certified in over 60 countries, with over 400 clients.

Source: ALSIM
Photo Credit: Delta State University

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TXT Acquires Majority Stake in Flight Simulation Software Provider ProSim Training Solutions

  • TXT e-solutions S.p.A. (“TXT”) announces a further investment in ProSim Training Solutions (ProSim-TS) through the exercise of the option to purchase 20% of the company’s capital, as a result of which TXT holds a majority stake of 60%;
  • ProSim-TS is recognized as an emerging tech entity in the Aerospace & Defence training market thanks to a high business growth rate that has led to over 300 simulator installations worldwide based on innovative technologies;
  • ProSim-TS’s innovative tools are synergistically integrated into the proprietary solutions portfolio of the PACE Group, fostering the international growth of TXT’s Smart Solutions division;
  • For 2024, ProSim-TS’s revenue is expected to exceed EUR 3.5 million, growing by over 30% compared to 2023, generated from the sale of proprietary software, with expected profitability of 15% despite significant investments in product portfolio innovation exceeding EUR 1.5 million, which will be fully expensed in the year;
  • For the 2025-2026 biennium, ProSim-TS’s industrial plan anticipates sustained business growth driven by synergies within the PACE Group and the commercialization of new proprietary solutions, with expected revenue CAGR exceeding 30%;
  • Following the option exercised by TXT today, the investment agreement includes further Put/Call options expiring upon approval of the financial statements closing on Decem ber 31, 2025, under which TXT will acquire the remaining 40% of ProSim-TS, with additional earn-outs for the selling shareholders.

TXT e-solutions S.p.A. (“TXT”), a company listed on the STAR Segment of the Electronic Stock Market organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., announces that on July 8, 2024, it exercised the option to purchase an additional 20% of the capital of ProSim Train ing Solutions (ProSim-TS), as a result of which TXT holds a majority stake in ProSim-TS amounting to 60% of its capital. TXT will consolidate the results of ProSim-TS starting from July 1, 2024.

Hanne Koole, CEO and shareholder of ProSim-TS commented “we have further strength ened our cooperation with our colleagues from TXT by them acquiring a second tranche of shares into ProSim. Over the past two years, they have significantly contributed to our growth both on the business side as well as technical capability, looking forward to con tinuing value creation and strengthen our positioning as leader in the Aerospace & Defence market”.

An important step in our international growth plan that leads to the consolidation of our Smart Solutions portfolio” commented Daniele Misani, CEO of TXT Group, “We are creating an excellent team and a unique offering to increase our global presence in a market that has always been strategic for TXT”.

TXT is an international IT Group, end-to-end provider of consultancy, software services and solutions, supporting the digital trans formation of customers’ products and core processes. With a proprietary software portfolio and deep expertise in vertical domains, TXT operates across different markets, with a growing footprint in Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Industrial, Government and Fintech. TXT is headquartered in Milan and has subsidiaries in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Canada, Singapore and the United States of America. The holding company TXT e-solutions S.p.A, has been listed on the Italian Stock Exchange, STAR segment (TXT.MI), since July 2000.

Source: TXT Group

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Czech Republic-based Flight Training Group F Air Adding 2 New Flight Simulators in 2024

One of Europe’s largest flight training organisations when measured by aircraft fleet size, Czech Republic based F AIR, has started training on its new Boeing 737-800 FNPT II + MCC simulator – offering courses such as:

  • APS MCC – Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation
  • MCC – Multi-Crew Cooperation
  • MCC JOC – Multi-Crew Cooperation Jet Orientation Course
  • MPL – Multi-Crew Pilot License

The simulator is located in Prague Ruzyn and will be joined by an Airbus A320neo flight simulator at the end of August 2024. The devices are from manufacturer Wright Brothers Flight Technology.

About Flight School F AIR
F AIR is a leading flight school in Central Europe with its headquarters at Benešov Airport, near Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. With a 34-year history, F AIR is the largest flight school in Central and Eastern Europe. It focuses on students from Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. With over 44 modern aircraft, 4 bases, 2 simulators, and modern facilities, it provides comprehensive pilot training services. F AIR is the best choice for future professional pilots.

Source: F Air
Photo Credit: F Air

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