The Airline Academy of Australia, based at
Brisbane’s Archerfield Airport, has taken delivery of two
next-generation flight training simulators, to increase its
capacity to train future airline pilots on multiple aircraft
The US-made Redbird FMX Simulators have just
been installed at AAA’s training facility and are the first
Redbird devices to be CASA certified in Australia.
Each Simulator has
quick-change cockpit configurations and instrument displays,
enabling them to replicate every aircraft in the AAA training
fleet. This includes switching from single-engine
Cessna 172 trainers to twin-engine Beech King Airs, and from
analogue instrument displays to new glass cockpits.
Conversion of the simulator displays and layout
from one aircraft type to another takes just minutes, providing
significant flexibility for the academy, which is accredited to
train pilots for a range of customers including international
Allan Brooks, Chief Executive of Airline Academy
of Australia, and Royal Queensland Aero Club, said the new
simulators would be used to upgrade and expand the airline
training capabilities of the AAA.
“These devices will replace our previous
front-line simulators for general aviation pilot training, and
offer significantly improved capabilities and training scenarios,”
said Mr Brooks. “They will also enable us to increase
significantly the amount of simulator time which we include in our
core training syllabus.”
Each of the Redbird units offers a
fully-enclosed cockpit, 200-degree wrap around visual displays and
electronic “motion platforms” to simulate aircraft movement – a
major upgrading of cockpit training simulation for general
“Our new simulators will provide a level of
sophistication which previously was offered only on training
devices for large jets and turboprop airliners,” Mr Brooks added.
“The Redbird devices are designed to enable instructors to sit
alongside students, as they would in an actual aircraft, and each
includes a comprehensive database of airports and terrain, to
increase realism in training and maximise experience for
The new simulators include a unique USB key
system, enabling instructors to authorise students to fly only
those training missions applicable to their curriculum. The new
simulators also store pilot information and flight history.
In addition to its four general aviation
training devices, including the two new units, Airline Academy of
Australia has an ongoing partnership with another Queensland
company, SimJet Training Systems, enabling access to SimJet’s
Boeing 737 Next Generation training simulator which is located at
the Academy campus on Archerfield Airport.
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