SimCom Expands Simulator Fleet by 14
By Mac McClellan, Editor-at-Large, EAA 747337
August 18, 2011 – SimCom, the Orlando-based simulator flight training center, has acquired 14 simulators and type-specific flight-training programs from FlightSafety International. The simulators are popular propeller models from Beech, Cessna, Piper, Twin Commander, and others. The simulators range in sophistication from advanced flight-training devices for the piston-powered airplanes to full-motion simulators for the turboprops.
SimCom has been expanding its training into the very sophisticated Level C and Level D simulators, but training owner-pilots in propeller airplanes is at the company core and the FlightSafety acquisitions build on that experience. On the other hand, FlightSafety is geared to concentrate on training business jet and airline pilots, so the move is also playing to its strength.
SimCom will relocate the simulators to its established training centers in Dallas and Orlando. The Cessna, Twin Commander, and Piper Cheyenne III all go to Dallas, while the other Piper and Beech simulators will be in Orlando.
The transfer of the simulators and course materials has begun and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The relocation schedule is being coordinated with pilots who have been training in the simulators at FSI, so there will be minimal disruption in existing training schedules.
SimCom founder and CEO Wally David pointed out that piston twins and turboprops have always been an important part of SimCom’s business, and added that customers are actually flying those airplanes more because of their utility and cost of operation.
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