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L3 Link Simulation and Training expects the
Asia-Pacific region to account for up to 50
percent of global demand for simulators
over the next ten years, and is boosting its
activities in the region accordingly.
L3, which completed the acquisition of Thales' civil
aircraft simulation and training business in August
2012, provides total training solutions throughout
North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim.
"Taking historical ratios of aircraft to simulators
and the current aircraft order backlog, the estimated
demand for flight simulators globally over the next ten
years for Airbus and Boeing aircraft types will be in
the region of 400-500 units," says Mitel Patesh, head
of the product group of L-3 Link Simulation & Training
UK. The Asia-Pacific region will account for 30-50
percent of the global market, he predicts.
Patesh points out that the demand for flight simulators
depends on many factors, including "economic
outlook, regulatory requirements and changes to
these requirements, new airplane systems being
introduced, fleet composition of airlines and fleet
renewal to name a few. All these factors can have
a significant impact on what training is required and
how this training is delivered," he says.
L-3 now has about 100 of its supplied full-flight
simulator training devices operating in the Asia-
Pacific region. It has an Asian Aviation Training
Centre (AATC) in Bangkok, which it is continuing to
expand to meet pilot training demand in the region.
"Our modern training centre, which is located
near Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport,
provides close proximity for customers, which in turn
has helped to reduce training costs for our Asian
customers," he says.
L3 anticipates that requirements for the multi-
crew pilot licence (MPL) will account for significant
demand, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
Conceding that the global adoption of the MPL
has been slower than many envisaged, Patesh says
he believes that initial teething issues have been
resolved and lessons have been learnt.
"Going forward, L3 Link Simulation & Training
UK sees more and more MPL programmes being
established across the world, specifically in Asia and
South America where the scales of airline growth
being seen will result in a requirement for a significant
number of additional pilots," he says.
This will require the increased use of synthetic
training devices -- particularly those with the
functionality to support MPL training requirements,
such as threat and error management (TEM). L3
says it has the product capabilities to support MPL
programmes and is developing additional products
to meet ICAO 9625 requirements.
L3's product portfolio covers all current Airbus and
Boeing aircraft types, including training products for
the new Airbus A350XWB twin-aisle twinjet. Patesh
says the company has recently added a number of
new technologies to its products, including a full-
capability briefing station, debrief systems, the use
of iPads or Windows tablets for instructors and
students, and LED-based visual image projectors
on full-flight simulators.
The full-capability briefing station is a PC-based
simulator for use during pre-briefs prior to a training
detail on a certified device. It provides systems
operations capability with a virtual flight deck as the
human-machine interface (HMI).
"It replaces the more traditional chalk-and-talk or
presentation-based briefing tools by enabling the
instructor to demonstrate specific procedures using
a full simulation of the airplane system," says Patesh.
Typical uses would include performing standard
operating procedures and demonstrating non-
normal procedures, he adds. The systems can be
frozen at any time, allowing the instructor to provide
more detailed information or instruction. "The main
benefits are that the students are better briefed
on the objectives of the training session and have
L3 EYES ASIA-PACIFIC DEMAND
L3 Link Simulation & Training is intensifying its activities in the Asia-
Paci c region, which it expects to account for as much as half of global
demand over the next decade, writes Emma Kelly.
"The estimated demand for flight simulators globally over the next ten years for
Airbus and Boeing aircraft types will be in the region of 400-500 units." -- Mitel
Patesh, head of L-3 Link Simulation & Training UK's product group
The expected growth of MPL, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region,
will require the increased use of synthetic training devices.
L3 LINK SIMULATION & TRAINING
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