January 21, 2014
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FlightSafety International finished installing an ATR72-600 simulator at Azul Linhas Aereas Basileiras’s new training facility near Viracopos-Campinas in southeastern Brazil on Jan 19. The airline hopes to receive ANAZ Brazilian certification for the $13-14 million full-flight simulator in March.
Between now and then, FlightSafety and Azul will marry the mechanical, software and visual systems, which are “the brains of the simulator,” says Paulo Sergio Santi, a pilot training coordinator at UniAzul, the airline’s training center that officially opened in October. He predicts this process of linking and “tweaking” should take about two weeks.
Eight computers control the systems - everything from engine parameters to sounds - both in normal and malfunctioning operations mode, and one computer is dedicated to the simulator’s visuals. Azul has a dedicated enclosed room for the software and visual computers for its four simulators, which also include an ATR72-500 and two for Embraer 190/195s.
The mechanical systems’ computers, which control things such as the simulator’s movement, are housed in large free-standing cabinets on the floor outside the training device.
The complete process, from initial installation to certification, usually takes 2.5-3 months, says Santi.
This is FlightSafety’s fourth ATR72-600 simulator installation in the world.
Azul operates 32 -600s and has 21 on order, according to Aviation Week’s commercial fleet data.