January 26, 2016

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. – TRU Simulation + Training, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today reports closing 2015 achieving several key program milestones--obtaining FAA qualifications and achieving the successful launch of its new Aviation Maintenance Academy. States TRU Simulation + Training President and CEO, Ian Walsh, “We have made significant progress at year-end delivering new programs and gaining regulatory approvals that position us for a strong start to 2016. Our team is energized and looking forward to continuing the momentum.”

ProFlight earns FAA qualification for its King Air 350i Pro Line Fusion® pilot training program.

In its recently opened East Coast Part 142 satellite pilot training center, ProFlight, a subsidiary of TRU Simulation + Training, has received FAA qualification for its King Air 350i Level D Full Flight Simulator and pilot training programs. The pilot training programs for the new production Beechcraft turboprop provide initial type-rating and an introduction course on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics package, as well as recurrent and FAR part 135 training. ProFlight® instruction combines use of the King Air 350i full motion flight simulator and proprietary Level 6 flight training device for enhanced avionics training capability in a modern classroom setting that incorporates interactive animated courseware for all aircraft systems. ProFlight is the first pilot training center to offer instruction on the new Pro Line Fusion equipped King Air 350i aircraft.

TRU successfully launches new state-of-the-art Aviation Maintenance Academy

The new TRU Simulation + Training Aviation Maintenance Academy officiated the opening of its modern Part 147 training center in a ribbon-cutting ceremony held December 10th. The 35,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility combines traditional classroom and hands-on aircraft maintenance instruction in a climate-controlled environment—both inside the classroom and in the adjacent hangar space. The schoolhouse design, curriculum, high technology courseware, and part task trainers reflect TRU’s extensive experience providing aviation maintenance training for the military, as well as feedback gained from civil aviation technicians working in the field today.

Currently, mechanical and avionics maintenance theory and practical courses are being offered for Beechcraft new production King Air 350i turboprops with the Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics package. The TRU Simulation + Training Aviation Maintenance Academy is the first schoolhouse to offer training on this new production aircraft. In early 2016, the Academy plans to offer additional courses: mechanical and avionics theory and practical training for Beechcraft King Air 250 and C90GTx turboprops, Beechcraft Baron and Bonanza piston aircraft, and Cessna CJ series business jets, as well as McCauley Propeller courses.

Stated the vice president and general manager of TRU’s Mission and Maintenance Training division, Kyle Crooks, “Being the OEM-approved training center—and being co-located on the Textron Aviation campus—gives us direct access to Cessna, Beechcraft and McCauley engineers and production teams that design and make the aircraft. This ensures the relevance and up-to-date accuracy of our instruction and our instructors’ in-depth knowledge of the product being taught. It also allows us to include a tour of the aircraft manufacturing operations as part of our standard curriculum.”

TRU Flight Training Iceland earns FAA qualification for its Icelandair B757 Full Flight Simulator.

At its Icelandair joint venture, pilot training center in Reykjavik, TRU Flight Training Iceland has earned FAA qualification of its Boeing 757 Level D Full Flight Simulator. Last year, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) also qualified the full motion flight simulator for Level D use. This latest FAA approval makes this the only pilot training center in the world with dual regulatory approval of a B757 Full Flight Simulator.

TRU-built King Air 350i Full Flight Simulator receives FAA qualification in new ProFlight East Coast training center.

New TRU Simulation + Training Aviation Maintenance Academy features state-of-the-art training in a fully climate-controlled space. 

TRU Flight Training Iceland is the only pilot training center in the world with both FAA and EASA qualification of Boeing 757 Full Flight Simulator