CATC will have a new simulator to train pilots for the L410 aircraft
Today Czech Aviation Training Centre (CATC) has signed an agreement with the Czech aircraft manufacturer Aircraft Industries and with CAE, the world-leading provider of flight simulation and training solutions, to supply a state-of-the-art L 410 simulator. The simulator will be used to train pilots of the Czech turboprop aircraft L 410 UVP-E20 operating globally.
The investment project for the production and operation of the L 410 full-flight-simulator (FFS) for the aircraft, which has a capacity of 19 passengers, was based on the constantly increasing demand from both the operators and the aircraft manufacturer itself.
Considering the increasing production of aircraft type L 410 from Aircraft Industries (currently 16 new aircraft are produced per year and there is a future planned capacity of 25 aircraft per year) and more than 350 aircraft currently operated worldwide, a new simulator was necessary in order to increase safety and the quality of training. The implementation of the project of the new simulator will also become an important commercial opportunity for CATC, which currently offers a centralized training solution for licensed aviation personnel for domestic and foreign clients. The production of the simulator will be provided by the CAE, one of the few simulator manufacturers in the world able to produce a flight simulator for the L 410. The simulator will also be certified in accordance with international regulations for air transport to Level D, the highest possible level for flight simulators.
Under the terms of the agreement, the simulator will be ready for training in the middle of 2016. The total contract price for the simulator corresponds to the current price level for advanced simulator technologies.
CATC Executive Director, Jan Janik, stated in this regard: "The purchase of a new simulator for the L 410 aircraft type significantly expands our offering in the area of pilot training and will complement the other simulators for Boeing, Airbus and ATR which we operate. Cooperation with Aircraft Industries is also a model example of cooperation of the Czech aviation industry and its results will be attractive to users of L 410 in Europe, Africa, Latin America as well as to the Russian market ".
Aircraft Industries Director General, Ilona Plskova, added: "We are delighted that we have finally succeeded in realizing our objective. Having access to a simulator with such advanced technology will mean a significant improvement in L 410 pilot training in the Czech Republic. Future and existing operators of the L 410 turboprop will appreciate the possibility to train their own pilots on the latest flight simulator type. This will be of great benefit to safety. "