September 2018 – New Zealand-based Pacific Simulators has been chosen by Flybest Flight Academy in Indonesia to provide two flight simulators to complete their Jet Orientation Courses for pilots heading to Air Asia and other local carriers.

One is the all new EuroJet FJ2000 which is a Cockpit Procedures Trainer (CPT), an open cockpit systems and procedures device, ideal for pilots heading airlines with Airbus A320 fleets and the other is a fully enclosed ProJet PS4.5 Flight Simulator Training Device (FSTD), ideal for training pilots headed to airlines with Boeing 737 fleets.

 Airlines are always looking to recruit the best pilots and Flybest’s CEO, Capt Dhamardi, knows from personal experience how to provide these pilots. Capt Dharmadi is a 40-year veteran pilot with thousands of hours of experience on Boeing 747 and A300 and involved in Garuda Indonesia training activities. More recently he was the CEO of AirAsia Indonesia until taking up the role of co-owner and CEO of Flybest.

Capt Dharmadi was enthusiastic with his praise, “We researched the market very heavily before committing to Pacific Simulators, but in the end the decision was made easy by the quality of their products, their technical support and their customer service, not to mention the value for money. With both devices we will be able to provide student pilots with the ability to best support their choice of airline.

The two simulators will be based in Flybest’s headquarters at BSD City Tangerang, near Jakarta and both will be operational by the end of 2018, Indonesia is one of the fastest growing commercial airline markets in the world and like most of Asia, are struggling to train pilots fast enough.

  Flybest CEO, Capt Dhamardi and Pacsim Sales Director, Iain Pero at APATS in Singapore last month.

“Airlines need pilots to fly the thousands of new planes flooding off the production lines of Boeing, Airbus, ATR, Bombardier and Embraer, but the training must be of a high standard. Our simulators provide cost-effective training for flight schools, universities and airlines and due to the lower cost, the pilots can spend more time improving their skills before heading to the full flight simulators (FFS). These FFS can cost more than $20 million so should only be used for the final ‘validation’ of what these students have learnt before entering the FFS”, confirmed Pacific Simulators Sales Director, Iain Pero.

Capt Dharmadi and Capt Ardy with Pacsim Director of Operations, Russell Hubber in the EuroJet FTD.

Pacific Simulators Head Office and factory is in Christchurch with a sales and marketing office in Sydney, Australia. They have been manufacturing simulators since 2002, with focus shifting heavily to the training market over the last three to four years.

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August 2018 – Nelson Aviation College (NAC) has ordered a new Pacific Simulators ProJet PS2.5 which will be used to conduct Air New Zealand’s Airline Integration Course for future airline pilots. NAC is the second flight school in New Zealand so far this year to order a new jet simulator from Pacific Simulators.

NAC is located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand and has a rich history of over 40 years of pilot training. With the current global pilot shortage, there is strong demand from all levels of commercial aviation and especially airlines.

The ProJet PS2.5 is a fixed-base Flight Training Device (FTD) based on a narrow-body, twin engine jet aircraft used for airline preparation programmes. It is appropriate for pilots who have gained their Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi-Engine Instrument Rating but have yet to experience the complexities of a large jet aircraft.

Nelson Aviation’s CEO, Giles Witney, stated about the new acquisition “We are proudly an Air New Zealand Preferred Flight Training Organisation and the ProJet PS2.5 further enhances our ability to provide ‘airline-ready’ pilots. The pilot training market is extremely dynamic at the moment and anything that improves skills is a huge advantage. Until recently we have been using Air New Zealand simulators. However, for logistical reasons, having our own device was the best way forward”.

Pacific Simulators will deliver the device in mid-September, in time for the next intake of Airline Integration Course students.

“There has been a strong increase in demand over the last 12 months from flight schools, universities and airlines for our type of simulators”, stated Iain Pero, Sales Director at Pacific Simulators. “It’s wonderful to see the aviation market in such a positive position and great that we are able to see New Zealand aviation benefitting from this growth”.

Pacific Simulators Head Office and factory is in Christchurch, New Zealand with a sales and marketing office in Sydney, Australia. They have been manufacturing simulators since 2002, with focus shifting heavily to the training market over the last three to four years.

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August 2015 – Pacific Simulators commissioned one of its latest PS4.5 Flight Simulator Training Devices (FSTD) in the Brisbane headquarters of Aviation Australia last week.
Aviation Australia will predominantly use the PS4.5 for pilots wishing to obtain their Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) Certificate as part of the new CASA Part 61 licensing requirements, and for Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) System Training.

Well known for their global Flight Experience brand, Pacific Simulators have expanded operations into manufacturing fixed base jet simulators to provide a high quality but cost-effective solution for ‘airline bridging’ pilot training. They have training simulators in the USA, Australia, Thailand and Indonesia and are currently in negotiations for new markets in South America and China.

The device delivered to Aviation Australia will form part of a network of simulators delivering MCC training in Australia through a newly formed alliance named MCC Australia. Aviation Australia was established by the Queensland Government in 2001 to address the needs of the global aviation industry. Established in Brisbane, the company has now expanded to include locations in Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney and Shanghai. The company has also recently formed a joint venture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the building of the Aviation Australia College, Riyadh, which has a capacity to train 1500 students per annum. Whilst the business has focussed primarily on aircraft maintenance engineers, cabin crew and ground staff training, the recent acquisition of the PS 4.5 will form the centrepiece of Aviation Australia’s entry into the advanced pilot training market.

Director of Sales and Marketing for Pacific Simulators, Iain Pero said this week, “The delivery to Aviation Australia marks another milestone for our company. Over the last three years we have been working hard to penetrate the training market and meet civil aviation regulatory approvals for low-level training such as MCC, and over the next few months we will be delivering several new devices to training clients. We believe the PS4.5 is the practical and cost-effective solution for many flying schools, universities and airlines.”

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October 2015 – Pacific Simulators delivered one of its ProJet PS4.5 FSTDs to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia.

The PS4.5 was the first device to be certified under the new Part 61 MCC regulations introduced into Australia last year.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) introduced the new regulations as their solution from the fallout from the 2009 Colgan air crash in the USA. CASA’s approach was to make it mandatory to complete an MCC (Multi Crew Cooperation) training course and a flight test before pilots could obtain their ATPL.

UNSW has already secured a contract with QantasLink to train students destined for this regional airline, which will include the MCC course. The device was delivered in October with courses commencing in 2016.

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April 2016 – Pacific Simulators has completed development on its latest FSTD, which will be launched at the upcoming WATS conference in Orlando. The new EuroJet PS4.5 is designed along the same lines as the company’s ProJet PS4.5 but features fly-by-wire technology and sidesticks as opposed to the conventional control yokes and technology in the ProJet.

The device is the latest in the company’s arsenal aimed squarely at the growing cost-effective market segment. The EuroJet is perfectly suited to flight schools and universities looking to provide airline-bridging and advanced training for their students and also airlines with Airbus A320 fleets looking to provide a high-fidelity and tactile environment for training at a lower cost than traditional flat panel trainers (FPT), or to relieve pressure from their expensive Level D trainers.

Now available with a spacious instructor station similar to far more expensive devices, the EuroJet will meet the expanding market in many parts of the world including South-East Asia, China, India and South America.

Director of Sales and Marketing for Pacific Simulators, Iain Pero said this week, “Demand for a cost-effective fly-by-wire FSTD has been quite strong since we launched our latest ProJet PS4.5 in the training market a couple of years ago, so we commenced this project early last year. We are extremely excited about the new product and how its come together. The device contains around 60% of recycled Airbus A320 parts, which is not environmentally responsible but gives a far higher fidelity and feel than producing pattern parts.”

Over the past month we have had pilots from a number of airlines testing the device and the feedback has been outstanding. We set out to build the best product in this segment and I think our team in New Zealand have nailed it!

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April 2016 – Pacific Simulators exhibited at the World Aviation Training Symposium (WATS) in Orlando, Florida, showcasing their new ProJet Series FJ2000 FSTD. The FJ2000 is a systems and procedures trainer aimed at airlines as an alternative to touch-screen ‘Flat Panel Trainers’.

The device created huge interest with several dozen demonstrations conducted for airlines, universities and flight schools.

The main interest centred around the low upfront investment for the high fidelity of the simulator.

WATS is the world’s largest gathering of aviation training professionals from airlines, regulators, training providers and industry with more than 1,200 attendees from 50+ countries over three days of conference and tradeshow.

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April 2016 – Pacific Simulators has won the tender to provide a Flight Training Device to the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Australia. USQ will use the ProJet Series PS4.5 device for Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) training and research purposes.

The PS4.5 has been approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to be used for MCC training in Australia as part of the new Part 61 regulations introduced into Australia last year. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) introduced the new regulations in response to the fallout from the 2009 Colgan air crash in the USA. It is now mandatory in Australia to complete an MCC course prior to operating as a crew member in a multi-crew aircraft or obtaining an ATPL.

Director of Sales and Marketing for Pacific Simulators, Iain Pero said, “We are excited for yet another order from a university for our PS4.5 device, which has been designed specifically for this type of training.”

The PS4.5 is a fixed-base, fully enclosed FSTD based on a narrow-body, twin engine jet airliner. The device is due to be delivered in late 2016. The University of Southern Queensland offers a Bachelor of Aviation program with majors in Flight Operations and Aviation Management.

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