Airline Academy of Australia, one of the largest
flight training centres in the Asia Pacific region, has partnered
Australian flight simulator manufacturer SimJET Training Systems,
in a deal to significantly enhance AAA’s capabilities to train
pilots up to airline standard.
The agreement with Brisbane-based SimJET will
initially provide AAA with access to a Boeing 737-800 simulator
and an Airbus A320 procedural training device, both developed in
Australia with new satellite-based image systems.
It also will make AAA, based at Brisbane’s Archerfield Airport,
the first flight training academy in Australia to offer such
sophisticated training devices and one of the first in the world
to do so outside airlines and global training organisations.
The Chief Executive Officer of AAA, Mr Stewart
Cameron, said the partnership with SimJET would add a significant
new dimension as it sought to build from a mainly domestic
training academy in Australia to a recognised international
academy, with focus on Asia, the Middle East and New Zealand /
As part of this growth strategy, AAA and
SimJET will attend together the Asia Pacific Aviation Training
Symposium (APATS) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month, displaying
SimJET’s portable Airbus A320 procedural trainer as part of a
broader presentation of AAA’s offerings.
SimJET devices to which we now have access, enable us to offer
significantly more to our customers, from procedural activities on
the latest model Boeing or Airbus aircraft to multi crew
coordination training,” said Mr Cameron.
also exploring the possibility of developing other simulators,
including glass cockpit versions of the entry level Cessna 172 which students use at the very start of their flying training,” he
said. “No other independent flight academy can offer this.”
The Managing Director of SimJET Training Systems, Mr
Nicholas Kranenburg, said his company’s training devices were
designed to provide the missing interim step in the training of
cadet and new entrant airline pilots who commonly progress
straight from the classroom to either a sophisticated full motion
simulator or straight onto an aircraft.
devices are designed to increase competency with low experience
levels and minimise the cost of training airline pilots,” said Mr
“We provide full tactile-type cockpits
complete with high level visual systems, equal to or better than
those currently on larger, full motion simulators. SimJET devices
provide a crucial missing step for pilots, delivering relevant
procedural training before they step into a full motion simulator
or an actual aircraft,” he said.
importantly, we provide affordable devices, which enable pilots to
build competence and safety levels before they take to the skies.”
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