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Airline Academy of Australia Partners SimJET Training Systems

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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 / Pacific.

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.

“The 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.

“We are 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.

“Our devices are designed to increase competency with low experience levels and minimise the cost of training airline pilots,” said Mr Kranenburg.

“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.

“But most importantly, we provide affordable devices, which enable pilots to build competence and safety levels before they take to the skies.”

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