July 7, 2014

Flight simulator is in use by several airlines with operations in the region

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. – TRU Simulation + Training, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that it has established the first full flight simulator for the ATR-600 series aircraft in Latin America. ATR selected the company’s FFS X™ Level D Full Flight Simulator for its Avianca training facilities in Bogota, Colombia. The FFS X™ is configured for training on the ATR 72-600 aircraft and is being supported by ATR.

The new flight simulator is now operational and is being used for training by Avianca pilots as well as pilots from Aeromar, LIAT Airline, Uni Air and Caribbean Airlines.

The FFS X™ simulator selected by ATR features an electric-pneumatic motion system allowing for silent operation and reduced power consumption, and a front projection collimated 200°x40° FOV visual display system. It has recently obtained certification from both the European Aviation Safety Agency and Colombia’s Civil Aviation Special Administrative Unit.

“We are pleased to have been selected by ATR to facilitate the set-up of this important Full Flight Simulator for the ATR-600 series in Latin America, and also to see it being embraced for training by a number of airlines operating in the region,” said TRU Simulation + Training Vice President and General Manager, Air Transport Simulation, George Karam. “Our growing organization is dedicated to providing the most innovative flight training tools to customers worldwide, by combining great fidelity with unmatched reliability and maintainability.”

This is the latest engagement between the two companies, spanning a 10-year period. TRU Simulation + Training was formed in April out of three legacy companies – Mechtronix Inc. and OPINICUS Corporation that were acquired by Textron late last year – and a portion of the former AAI Logistics & Technical Services. Mechtronix had supported the entry into service of ATR’s -600 series and equipped its worldwide Reference Training Centers with best-in-class simulation technology.

 

About ATR

Founded in 1981, ATR has become the world leader on the market for regional aircraft with 90 seats or less. Since its creation, ATR has sold over 1,300 aircraft. ATR planes are represented in the fleets of 190 operators in 90 countries and have totaled over 21 million flight hours. ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players, Airbus Group and Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica Group company). Its head office is in Toulouse. ATR is ISO 14001 certified. This is the international standard in the field of environmental friendliness. For additional information, log on to www.atraircraft.com