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March 2018 – Pacific Simulators to supply FTD to Bolivian Airlines Pacific Simulators (PACSIM) have won a contract to supply Bolivian Airlines (BOA) with a ProJet PS4.5 Flight Training Device (FTD) which will compliment BOA’s recent Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) acquisition. The airline has a fleet of 22 aircraft of which 16 are Boeing 737’s. This represents PACSIM’s first sale into Latin America.

The PACSIM ProJet PS4.5 is an ideal procedural training device for type rating preparation, jet orientation, multi-crew training, systems familiarisation and SOP training. For many airlines it is perfect for simulator assessments for pilot recruitment and due to it’s low cost can literally save hundreds of thousands of dollars when reducing the demand on the full flight simulators.

Until now, BOA have contracted their training to other training providers, but now most of the training for the B737 fleet will be brought in house at their new facility at the BoA Training Center in Cochabamba Bolivia.  Until now, BOA have contracted their training to other training providers, but now most of the training for the B737 fleet will be brought in house at their new facility at the BoA Training Center in Cochabamba Bolivia.

Bolivian Airline Head of Training Center, Alejandro Dorado says he is very pleased with the Pacific Simulators FTD, “Over the last several years our fleet has been expanding and the next stage is to concentrate on training our own pilots. The PS4.5 is a fully tactile, fixed base training device that can be used in conjunction with the full motion simulator. We expect to see the FTD get a lot of use, including the Multi Crew Pilot License training (MPL) and Multi Crew Co-Operation course (MCC) training that is offered to the cadet pilots at the training center”.

Iain Pero, the Director of Sales and Marketing was very excited that Pacific Simulators was chosen as the supplier. “Latin America is a burgeoning market and to be able to strike an alliance with a flag carrier such as Bolivian Airlines is terrific. We will be working closely with Alejandro’s team over the coming months to complete delivery and installation before mid-2018”.

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March 2018 – Ardmore Flying School in Auckland have just signed a deal that will see them as the first flight school in New Zealand with a jet flight training device. The simulator will be a EuroJet PS4.5 (A320) supplied by Pacific Simulators.

Like many schools in around the world, Ardmore has seen an increasing demand in international students over recent years. The new simulator is seen as the ideal tool to provide airline bridging and jet orientation training to attract even more cadets from overseas.

According to projections from both Boeing and Airbus, almost 700,000 pilots are required to fill demand in the commercial aviation sector over the next 20 years. This is more than the number of commercial pilots that have been trained in the history of aviation! Countries like NZ, Australia and the USA are chosen due to their history of producing top-class pilots, English language and overall quality training methods and culture.

Ardmore’s CEO, Mike Newman is excited about the arrival of the new EuroJet PS4.5. “We have been working with PACSIM for a while now and our plans have finally come to fruition. Whilst it’s a big step for us, with the global demand for pilots showing no signs of abating and many airlines choosing New Zealand for training, we decided now is the right time”.

“Working with a New Zealand-based manufacturer is perfect. We have chosen the EuroJet PS4.5 which is their top of the range device and ideal for pilots heading to an airline with Airbus A320 aircraft. Asian airlines are particularly fond of the A320 and Air New Zealand have a fleet of 30 A320’s with more on the way. It will be a terrific chance for pilots to complete their Ab Initio training and then progress onto the jet simulator, so they are prepared for the next step. In other words, they will be ‘airline ready’ when they leave our school.”

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December 2017 – Pacific Simulators has been chosen by the University of South Australia to provide a ProJet Flight Training Device (FTD). This brings to a total of five MCC certified devices supplied by Pacific Simulators since the new Part 61 MCC legislation was introduced just over 2 years ago.

The MCC Certificate is Australia’s answer to the ripple-effect of the Coglan air disaster in New York in 2010. Whilst the FAA in the US chose to adopt the 1500 hour rule, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Australia (CASA) decided on a slightly different approach with more specific training focused around multi-crew operations. Pilots must complete an MCC course before they are eligible to gain their ATPL.

Professor Duncan Campbell, Head of Engineering at UniSA is looking forward to expanding the campus’s aviation program to offer MCC. “We see great value in the MCC program and over the last two years we’ve obviously seen a growing demand for the course across the country as more and more new pilots require this qualification.”

“Pacific Simulators were the natural choice as a supplier. They were the first Training Device Manufacturer to have a device certified specifically for MCC in Australia. They now have a proven track record and their products are not only cost-effective, but provide an extremely high level of fidelity,” stated Professor Campbell. Dr Doug Drury, Senior Lecturer in Aviation, sees the benefits this will bring to the program. “We want to provide our students with an aviation experience that replicates airline operations around the globe.”

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Pacific Simulators and Elite Simulation Solutions Announces Distributor Agreement

October 2016 – Orlando, FL, USA – Pacific Simulators (PS) and ELITE Simulation Solutions (ESS) have entered into a Distribution Agreement where ESS will promote, market, sale, install and support Pacific Simulators airliner-class aviation training devices in North and South America.

According to John Dixon, ESS President/CEO, “We are proud to announce this agreement between ELITE Simulation Solutions and Pacific Simulators. Our research validates the excellent reputation and outstanding accolades that Pacific Simulators has earned. They clearly are the ‘best of breed’ for airliner-class training devices modelled after the Boeing 737NG and the Airbus A320, two of the most popular airliners in use around the world. ELITE is honored to be chosen as their representative in the Americas.  Pacific Simulators share our values, commitment to customer service and quality. We will constantly strive to earn their trust and confidence and look forward to adding their outstanding training devices to our product line.”

Pacific Simulators trainers are in use in over a dozen countries around the world and are designed for the ‘airline bridging’ flight training market. They are ideal for flight schools looking at expanding into the airline career and jet transition market or for airlines looking at reducing their FFS footprint.

Pacific Simulators Director, Iain Pero, is excited to partner with ELITE, “We are experiencing significant growth in enquiry from Part 141 flight schools and universities, particularly for those involved with or looking for international airline partners and those who wish to offer ATP training. With ELITE’s footprint, client base and depth of experience in the US and South American markets, this will be a powerful alliance.”

ELITE was a pioneer in the development of PC-based simulation. Since 1987, ELITE has been a leading global provider of IFR training software and aviation training devices of both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. ELITE trainers have received approval by governmental authorities in many countries on all continents. With headquarters in Switzerland and the US, ELITE has certified dealers on every continent.

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Pacific Simulators wins FSTD Tender for Australian University

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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Pacific Simulators exhibits at WATS Conference in USA

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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Pacific Simulators completes development of EuroJet

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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Pacific Simulators Wins Canterbury Business Awards

December 2015 – Pacific Simulators wins ‘Champion Global Operator, Small Enterprise’ category at the prestigious 2015 Champion Canterbury Business Awards, New Zealand.

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Pacific Simulators MCC Device Popular with Australian Universities

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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Pacific Simulators delivers new FSTD to Aviation Australia for MCC Training

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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AirServices Australia has commenced training for Ab Initio air traffic controllers in Pacific Simulators FSTDs

January 2015 – Airservices is putting trainee air traffic controllers through flight simulator sessions to give them a better understanding of a pilots perspective at 30,000ft.

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November 2013 – Pacific Simulators had recently sold the $500,000 Boeing 737 flightdeck replicas to customers in Boston, and in Hainan, an island province of China.

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