The Royal Flying Doctor Service has signed a deal with FlightSafety to purchase its MissionFit portable simulator to train pilots to fly its Pilatus PC-12NG.
The flight training device will enter service in July 2021 at the organisation’s Adelaide base, though may also be moved to its Alice Springs facility.
FlightSafety said the simulator features a glass display that presents a graphical representation of the PC-12NG’s flight deck.
“It is sensitive to movement and touch, and is uninterrupted by bezels,” added the business in a statement. “The device can be outfitted with flight controls, power control levers, tactile and wireless smart panels, and a visual system.
“Aircraft type-specific AFCS mode select panels, throttles, gear and flap handles, cursor control devices and multi-function keyboards can also be added. MissionFit is easily reconfigurable to represent a wide variety of aircraft types and can be controlled by an instructor from a smartphone, tablet or laptop.”
In July, Australian Aviation reported how the University of Southern Queensland unveiled a new A320 simulator for its aviation students to train in.
The huge device perfectly recreates the nose and flight deck of its real-life equivalent and allows users to pilot an entire flight from take-off to landing.
The institution’s head of aviation said it features “state of the art” technology that allows trainees to experience “normal and abnormal scenarios while completing all of the necessary checks and procedures in a real flight”.
The new training system is in addition to a similar model on-site for the Boeing 737-800 at its Springfield campus.