eLearning Pilot Training Solutions Provider, Avsoft, Announces Partnership with Gulf Air Academy

Avsoft International is proud to unveil its latest partnership with Gulf Air Academy, the first Arabic-European EASA Approved Training Organization, headquartered in Athens and Megara, Greece. This collaboration signifies a commitment to revolutionizing aviation training methods and materials to enhance the learning experience for future pilots.

Avsoft will deliver A320 CEO and A320 NEO aircraft systems courses to Gulf Air Academy students via our avLMS, which provides comprehensive reporting capabilities to manage all course-related elements including exam results, ensuring compliance with local authorities.

Gulf Air Academy, with a remarkable history spanning over 40 years in the aviation industry, has earned its reputation as a premier training institution. Recognized and approved by both EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) and the HCAA (Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority), Gulf Air Academy is dedicated to delivering the highest quality aviation training possible, utilizing advanced training methods, materials, and state-of-the-art teaching technologies.

“Avsoft is thrilled to partner with Gulf Air Academy, a trailblazing institution that shares our dedication to excellence in aviation education,” said Kim Halat, President at Avsoft.

Gulf Air Academy’s unwavering commitment to the highest standards of aviation training aligns seamlessly with Avsoft’s mission to provide innovative, effective, and flexible eLearning solutions to aviation students and pilots worldwide.

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Pilot Assessment Solution Provider, Symbiotics, Joins the Regional Airline Association’s 2023 Leaders Conference

Symbiotics, a leading pilot training assessment solution provider and subject matter expert in psychometric assessment for the aviation industry, participated in the recently held Regional Airline Association’s 2023 Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., United States on September 26-27, 2023.

The event features leading regional airline industry CEOs, key government officials, prominent aviation lawmakers, leaders of the regional airline supply partner community, and numerous industry experts and influencers.

The event had panel discussions on the following topics: regional airline business and trends; airline analyst perspective; safety improvements; 15 years of safety management system (SMS) & new recommendations; real-world effects of the pilot shortage; completing FAA reauthorization; supporting the pilot workforce from dream of flight to retirement flight; global OEM outlook; and the future of pilot training.

Symbiotics’​ purpose as a global assessment provider is to collaborate with clients to deliver robust and reliable solutions for assessment and selection. Their ADAPT suite of assessment and selection solutions provide an accurate and comprehensive approach to understanding how people will perform in their working environment.

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ASTi Awarded Contract to Deliver AI Training Capabilities to US Military Division’s Aviation Training Command

Advanced Simulation Technology inc. (ASTi), a developer of AI- and simulation-based training products and solutions, received an enterprise-level subcontract award from prime government contractor, TakeFlight Interactive. The contract is the first in a series of phased rollouts of ASTi’s Simulated Environment for Realistic ATC (SERA) and TakeFlight’s AIVIator AI Virtual Flight Instructor products across the U.S. Navy’s Chief of Naval Aviation Training (CNATRA) training wings.

As partners, ASTi and TakeFlight Interactive will field integrated, AI-based training capabilities increasing the quality and consistency of student performance and training production. More importantly, these capabilities will reduce the cost of aviation training for the Navy, Marine Corps and foreign military services.

Under the contract, ASTi and TakeFlight will provide product licenses and related services supporting 50 T-6B flight training devices at theNavy’s Training Air Wing Four, located at the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Corpus Christi, TX. ASTi will also develop custom, synthetic environment configurations to meet Navy requirements for simulated flight operations at eight airfields and practice areas located at TrainingAir Wing Four and Training Air Wing Five.

Combined, SERA and AIVIator greatly reduce training staff workload by offloading role-player and instructor duties to AI agents, providing an automated, repeatable and objectively scored interactive training domain available for 24/7, student-led training.

SERA creates an interactive environment populated with ATC services and air traffic—complete with simulated radio communications—and it replicates malfunctions, mishaps and weather conditions to enhance immersion and cognitive loading for better situational awareness training. An AI virtual instructor provides self-guided, fully interactive training with objective scoring and dynamic feedback supporting cockpit procedures, performance maneuvers, landing procedures, local operations, emergency procedures, aerobatics, instrument procedures and formation flight.

ASTi’s enterprise solution is based on an all-inclusive subscription model that provides predictable costs and risk reduction. In addition toproduct licensing, the enterprise solution includes a comprehensive service package that includes the following:

  • Ongoing development of content for Naval undergraduate curriculum modules
  • Onsite fielding, training and help-desk services
  • Product and Information Assurance (IA) software maintenance

About ASTi’s SERA

SERA, ASTi’s leading simulated air traffic control environment (SATCE) system, fully complies with the latest industry requirements for SATCE solutions. This innovative technology eliminates the need for an instructor to role-play air traffic control, ensuring consistent phraseology for ATC and all other traffic radio calls.

About ASTi’s partner, TakeFlight Interactive

TakeFlight Interactive is a pioneer in AI-based immersive training solutions. Using a unique combination of game design, AI and data analytics, TakeFlight delivers high-quality, self-guided, fully interactive training. The company’s expertise in interactive simulation, combined with a commitment to excellence and professionalism positions TakeFlight Interactive as a trusted partner in thedevelopment of advanced training solutions.

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Visionary Training Resources Brings VR Technology to Aeronautics Classes at US based Kent State University

United States headquartered virtual reality training solution provider Visionary Training Resources (VTR) is partnering with the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) at Kent State University, integrating virtual reality (VR) technology into the university’s senior-level Professional Pilot course. The progressive course, which examines the systems used in air transport aircraft and focuses intently on the Boeing 737, prepares students on the principles and operations they will soon encounter as professional pilots in airlines, cargo operations, and business aviation. Students will utilize flight deck familiarization modules, as well as checklist and procedures training and assessment modules developed by VTR, to augment traditional learning materials and enhance their grasp of critical information. The fall 2023 class is set to complete an oral exam in a VR environment, a first and exciting step toward the incorporation of previously inaccessible flight decks in a thoroughly immersive manner.

The introduction of VTR’s VR training modules and flight deck in spring 2023 was met with enthusiastic reception from the students. “The VR training would be extremely helpful for not only [the air transport class], which requires us to memorize where certain items are in the flight deck; this would also be helpful in preparation for airline training,” remarked one insightful student. Other students echoed this sentiment, appreciating the realism and immersive qualities of the virtual flight decks, which fostered a hands-on approach to learning, solidifying their understanding and retention of complex systems.

Jim Sebastian, a professor at CAE and a captain with Southwest Airlines, shared his perspective on the initiative, “While immersed in the virtual flight deck, students will be trained and evaluated on their knowledge of aircraft systems and procedures while experiencing all the realistic issues, distractions, and additive conditions that come with being a professional pilot. They will be tasked with applying their systems knowledge and managing normal flight deck tasks while assessing and mitigating risk using all available resources, simulating the type of training they’ll receive in a professional airline training course. The VR is a realistic simulation that will both challenge and train the students. VR is the future of education and training, and I’m looking forward to using this tool in my class as a baseline to expand to other courses.”

To oversee the successful implementation of the VR programs, Dr. Stephanie Fussell, a VR Aviation Research Scientist at VTR and an Assistant Professor and Aeronautics Program Coordinator at Kent State, is collaborating closely with Sebastian. Together, they aim to ensure that this innovative technology significantly enhances learning outcomes. The partnership between CAE and VTR, first announced in June of 2023, has paved the way for an enriching educational experience and reaffirms VTR’s mission to produce better pilots through the integration of VR into the training process.

About Visionary Training Resources

Founded by pilots with extensive safety and training backgrounds, Visionary Training Resources (VTR) delivers a powerful pilot training platform, FlightDeckToGo®, which leverages the power of virtual reality (VR) technology. Portable, easy-to-use, realistic, and dimensionally accurate, FlightDeckToGo® provides important advantages over traditional flight simulators, including reduced training costs, cost savings on aircraft familiarization training, and better retention of information.

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Flight School Management Solution Provider FlightLogger and Spidertracks Announce Strategic Partnership for Seamless Flight Data Integration

FlightLogger and Spidertracks, industry leaders in cloud-based aviation management software and real-time flight tracking solutions, are excited to announce a strategic partnership. A groundbreaking integration between the two will be officially unveiled at the University Aviation Association conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The integration empowers flight schools with real-time, automated flight data input, eradicating the need for manual flight information recording, and improving data accuracy. The core of this seamless integration lies in the Spider hardware, a compact yet powerful unit delivered by Spidertracks that can be easily installed in each aircraft. The Spider autonomously captures a wealth of flight data in real-time, using satellite technology. When an aircraft with an installed Spider takes off, the device immediately starts recording various flight metrics, including takeoff and landing times and intricate details of the flight path. With the new integration, all this information is automatically and securely transmitted to the FlightLogger system, where it is seamlessly added to corresponding lesson flight registrations.

Improves Safety, Documentation, and Quality of Training

The immediate benefit of this integration is the automation of flight data entry, saving invaluable time for instructors who can channel more attention into the quality of their training sessions. Furthermore, the automatic capture and seamless transfer of complete flight tracks enables instructors and flight schools to access a holistic view of each flight almost instantly after landing.

This innovation introduces an additional layer of security and compliance by offering precise documentation to enhance flight schools’ operations. This can be used both for performance analysis during debriefing sessions and serves as valid, compliant records.

The integration is available at no additional charge for FlightLogger and Spidertracks customers.

Leaders Speak: Voices Behind the Innovation

Kenneth Jeppesen, FlightLogger founder and CEO, says, “This partnership paves the way for even better and safer flight training. Automating these data collection processes enables instructors to focus more on training, less on paperwork, and provides schools with precise documentation of each flight.”

Aleks Banas, CEO of Spidertracks, remarks, “The Spidertracks integration with FlightLogger will elevate safety and operational efficiency within aviation training. The collaboration represents a groundbreaking shift in leveraging accurate fight data to improve training outcomes.”

See the Integration in Action

Flight schools interested in experiencing the new integration can visit FlightLogger’s booth (#440) at the University Aviation Association conference or book an online demo at flightlogger.net/demo.

About FlightLogger

FlightLogger, based in Aarhus, Denmark, is a pioneering provider of cloud-based aviation training management solutions.

About Spidertracks

Spidertracks, headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, specializes in real-time tracking and software solutions designed for enhancing operational efficiency and safety. Both FlightLogger and Spidertracks are backed by Arcadea, a Canadian investment company committed to pushing the boundaries in aviation technology.

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FMS Trainers Provider, Heading365, Announces Latest Partnership with Portuguese Airline

Heading365, a professional FMS Trainer provider, is excited to announce its new partnership with Portugalia Airlines, a regional airline in Portugal, to enhance their pilot training programs.

Portugalia Airlines is Heading365’s latest customer for the E190-E2 FMS Trainer PRO. The E190 FMS Trainer PRO will be a crucial part of Portugalia Airlines commitment to ensuring the highest level of training for their pilots while at the same time increasing efficiency by saving simulator time.

Portugalia Airlines values Heading365s flexibility and high grade of customization options for the App. The ACARS menu was also exactly tailored to the needs of one of the most innovative regional airlines in Europe.

Students benefit from the FMS trainer by arriving well prepared to the simulator, making up time for other training content.

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Global Aircraft Manufacturer, Airbus, Announces Latest Appointment for New Commercial Aircraft Business CEO

Airbus is announcing a leadership evolution in the Executive Committee, establishing a dedicated head at the helm of the Commercial Aircraft business.

“Since 2019, the leadership roles of Airbus and its Commercial Aircraft business have been combined, providing alignment and speed of execution during a period of multiple crises and change. Airbus has now put itself on a clear trajectory in line with its purpose of ‘Pioneering sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world’. Empowering Christian in the Commercial Aircraft CEO role will enable us to reinforce focus on the success of our Commercial Aircraft business while allowing me to dedicate my time to steering Airbus in a complex and fast-evolving global environment,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO. “Christian and I have been working hand in hand over the last five years and we will continue to do so in this new configuration. I admire Christian’s business acumen and I’m happy to move forward with him to deliver on Airbus’ ambitions.”

“It is an honour and a thrill to be called upon to lead our Commercial Aircraft business at such a critical time for our industry,” said Christian Scherer. “I’ll put my passion and that of Team Airbus at the service of our customers to meet our operational objectives as we work to consolidate our success, continuously improve, and prepare the future of our products and services. As we do so, we will work closely with our partners and suppliers worldwide on our common roadmap to decarbonise aviation.”

This new organisational set-up will be established in the next months in collaboration with the Company’s social partners, with a target go-live in project mode from 1 January 2024 onwards.

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Ohio, US based University Aviation Program Partners for Virtual Reality Pilot Training

Ohio, United States based Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering has partnered with Visionary Training Resources (VTR) to incorporate virtual reality (VR) technology into the university’s senior-level Professional Pilot course. By providing students with realistic and immersive flight deck training modules, this partnership enhances the learning experience, particularly in the context of air transport aircraft and the Boeing 737.

The integration of VR technology allows students to familiarize themselves with flight deck systems, practice checklist procedures, and undergo assessments in a virtual environment. This hands-on, interactive approach complements traditional teaching methods and offers students the opportunity to experience real-world flight scenarios. It exposes them to realistic issues, distractions, and challenging conditions, helping them apply their knowledge and develop effective risk assessment and mitigation skills.

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Simulator Manufacturer, Elite, Chooses AeroInside SafetyScan Pro to Improve Aviation Safety

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,” said 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.

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 and detailed aircraft accident and incident database.

Each new FNPT II customer is going to get a year’s free access to the “AeroInside SafetyScan Pro“. In other words, there will be two separate login accounts for the head of training and the head of safety. Thanks to an intensive brand-awareness cooperation, existing AeroInside customers are going to get to know all the products ELITE can offer from home user simulation equipment to EASA/FAA certified FNPTs FTDs/AATDs.

René Huddlestone, sales manager at ELITE Flight Simulation Solutions AG, is absolutely thrilled about this new partnership and said: “The access to AeroInside SafetyScan Pro will be helpful to our customers CFI’s in re-creating real world training scenarios. By utilizing our simulators and implementing the knowledge out of these accident reports, our exclusive customers will further enhance pilot situational awareness as well as safety concepts management.”

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