April 19, 2016
Avianca's A320 Aircraft

World Aviation Training Conference and Tradeshow (WATS), Orlando, FL — TRU Simulation + Training, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that it signed an agreement with Avianca, a leading Latin American airline headquartered in Colombia, for the purchase of a full flight simulator (FFS) and a flat panel trainer (FPT) for the new Airbus A320neo. The full flight simulator, scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of 2016, will be installed in Avianca’s new state-of-the-art training center in Bogota, Colombia.

George Karam, General Manager and Vice President of TRU’s Air Transport division commented that, “We are proud to be selected by Avianca, a major carrier in the Latin America region. This new agreement marks the third full flight simulator that TRU has delivered to the airline, including ATR and A320 full flight simulators.” Santiago Diago, Chief Operating Officer of Avianca added that, “TRU continues to be a trusted supplier and partner in providing world-class training devices and support, and we’re thrilled to work with TRU to aid with training on this new aircraft.”

The Airbus A320neo (new engine option) is a modernized version of the original Airbus A320 offering improvements to the aircraft’s aerodynamics including the fuel-saving sharklet wingtip devices along with the option of CFM International LEAP-1A or Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines.

TRU Simulation’s highly customized full flight simulator being supplied to Avianca will be convertible to support both the legacy A320 with its CFM56 and IAEV2500 engines as well as the A320neo with the CFM and Pratt & Whitney engines.

This A320neo full flight simulator features the TRU proprietary visual display system compatible with the latest projector technologies, aXion Image Generator, MOOG electric motion system and state-of-the-art Instructor Station.