MY FIRST FLIGHT ON THE ELITE SIMULATOR AT SETH ACADEMY DELHI
I have the privilege of being one of the first few pilots in India to fly the Elite Simulator at Seth Academy at Delhi. It was indeed gracious on the part of Wg Cdr (Retd) KS Seth, a legendary figure in the realm of Civil Aviation, to accord me that honour.
Elite Simulator at Seth Academy is state-of-the-art equipment with the capability of simulating single-engine Cessna-172, twin-engines PA-34 Seneca and the very popular Super King Air B-200. I am qualified on all three aircraft and elected to fly the PA-34 Seneca. Right from starting the engines the feel of the simulator is very realistic. We simulated our flight over Hyderabad which was easily done from the Instructor ’s Station. I carried out normal climb, climbing turns, selecting various power settings during which the controls and the simulator behavior was almost as good as that of the real aircraft. The visuals projected on 120 degrees screen during the flight were good and once I came close to Hyderabad I could identify local landmarks of Hyderabad like the Hussain Sagar Lake. What more can one ask from a simulator?
After leveling off at 5000 feet I carried out VOR/ILS approach with simulated cross wind and poor visibility. The visuals responded in a realistic manner. During this approach I simulated one engine failure and the simulator behaved exactly like the real aircraft. As part of the engine failure drill when power on the live engine was increased to Max Take Off power the simulator increased the yawing force instantly. The rudder application force to counter the increased yaw was a true representation of the actual aircraft. In short, the Elite Simulator gives a very realistic feel of the controls and coupled with very good visuals it is ideal equipment for single and twin engine training on specific aircraft types and also an equally good training platform for generic single & twin aircraft.
Having flown the simulator, I strongly recommend that all flying training institutes make use of this simulator not only for Instrument Flying but also for Basic Flying, Bad Weather Flying and for simulated aircraft emergencies. An ab-initio pilot having the advantage of flying the Elite Simulator at Seth Academy would need a significantly less dual time on the actual aircraft to master the various phases of flying training and eventually turn out as a good airline pilot.
I sincerely appreciate and laud the efforts of Wg Cdr (Retd) KS Seth to make this simulator available in India for the benefit of all flying training institutes and urge all of them to make maximum use of it.
Date: 11 May 2009
Testimonial from Air-Espace Sàrl, FTO Ch 110 262
Air-Espace Sàrl, a new Flight Training Organization created in July 2004 in western Switzerland (French-speaking), started its flight training building its training concept on the use of the very first brand new FNPT II sold by Elite Simulations Solutions AG in Switzerland. It has been very active using it for IR training on Multiengine and has totaled 400 hrs of instruction since new during its first year of operation. Here are some of the experiences gained throughout the year on this invaluable piece of equipment supplied by Elite.
Air-Espace has used the Beech Baron 58 configured FNPT II intensively in basic IR training with the intent of transitioning the students to a Beech Baron 55, the FTO’s advanced training aircraft (or accessorily onto its Cessna 310). The program comprises 40 hrs of simulation work, starting with basic Air-work, progressing through Holding Procedures, Approaches practice and Navigation, Emergency training and finally with full integration of skills acquired in Line Oriented Flight Training. The students then move onto the actual aircraft for 21 hrs of flight training, 6 of which are Class Rating training and 15, IR flights training hours. The experienced gained during this past year clearly shows that this FNPT II enables instructors to meet the minimum block times of JAR FCL 1 combined requirements for MEP – CR and IR training. This was proven to be feasible a number of times throughout the year by FTO students. The visual display, the force feedback system and the actual programmed flight equations of the Beech Baron 58 work together well to produce a great learning environment where instructors can simulate the real ATC environment and poor weather conditions, most often impossible to reproduce to such an extent in reality. Where the FNPT II shines is in the simulation of emergencies, particularly in engine failures and other systems failures. This provides a major saving on the wear and tear of the aircraft as the emphasis is placed on intensive drills on the FNPT II leading to proper decision making.
Air-Espace has also developed the use of the FNPT II for IR-ME revalidation proficiency checks in accordance with the provisions of JAR FCL 1, for pilots who want to keep their IR – ME qualifications current while waiting to find a job. The revalidation of MEP-CR then becomes optional and can be performed in VFR conditions on the actual aircraft if the candidate really needs to keep this rating current. The advantage to the student is that he can enter his first Type Rating course when hired, as only the IR on ME rating needs to be current. This is accomplished at half the cost of staying current on the actual aircraft.
As the use of the FNPT II increased, it became evident to the faculty of Air-Espace that this outstanding tool should be used for the maximum 5 hr allotment of FNPT II training found in JAR FCL 1 for Private Pilot Training. Even though the FNPT II is configured as a multiengine, this has not been a stumbling block as students focus on the difficulties in performing VFR flights across the Alps in deteriorating weather conditions. Additionally, they learn the basics of controlling the aircraft solely by instruments.
Air-Espace is using the FNPT II extensively in refresher training as well, combining the advantages of this advanced tool best suited to review basics of IFR flights through 2 or 3 training periods, with minimal actual flights on the Beech Baron 55 or the Cessna 310.
The FNPT II is also a great training aid to help in the ATPL radio-navigation courses as it uniquely provides an opportunity to visualize the displays of the multiple types of navigational aids covered in class. “A picture is worth a thousand word” says the proverb and simulation helps put it all together for a clear mental picture of what all this theory is about.
Many people have had a chance to try it out, from school children to non-flying adults. Air-Espace’s FNPT II has helped the FTO build its reputation of quality instruction, with the help of a quality product produced by Elite Simulations Solutions AG. It has also provided for solid income and consistent scheduling, independent of weather conditions. Additional, the support provided by Elite has been excellent and only minor problems have been encountered with very little impact on the flight schedule. Air-Espace has implemented an integrated FNPT II quality monitoring schedule into its quality system, greatly simplifying JAR-STD 3A quality monitoring requirements.
Air-Espace is also seeking approval for its equipment by the FAA in order to meet the needs of students looking for FAA qualifications and recurrent training, provided by Air-Espace FAA qualified instructors.
Air-Espace will be developing the use of this FNPT II for the recruitment of pilots for a partnering regional airline, in assessing the basic aviating skills and PANS OPS knowledge of candidates.
The FNTT II is a vital part of any FTO, as it makes economic sense to use such a device where scheduling is easy to handle due to its reliability. It also provides for a sizable income and will pay for itself quite easily over a period of 4 to 5 years. The support that Elite Simulation Solutions AG through the Maintenance contract has been excellent and quick responses were appreciated when technical and hardware problems were encountered. Online maintenance via ADSL will be implemented shortly, greatly enhancing the quality of the support by Elite.
Air-Espace would like to say thanks to Elite Simulation Solutions AG for a great product and a great support.