The new simulation centre was established by Oyonnair, a leading French business aviation charter company, to train its own Mustang pilots as well pilots flying elsewhere in Europe, Africa and the Middle East on an EASA licence.
Lyon-based Oyonnair was motivated to enter the simulator training market by a recent regulatory changes in France that allow pilots to receive type rating training on complex high performance (single-pilot) aircraft using a new family of flight training devices as an alternative to training on a full-flight simulator (FFS).
Frasca specifically designed DV Training’s new Citation Mustang simulator to be dual qualified as a Flight Training Device 2 (FTD2) and a Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer II (FNPT II) for Multi Crew Coordination (MCC) training. This means it meets recent French DGCA certification authority rules that recognise a dual qualified FTD2/FNPT II as an Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) for type rating instruction.
“We chose Frasca for this project because of their leadership, experience and expertise in the simulation industry,” said Nathalie Chaillou, DV Training’s Simulator Project Manager and an Oyonnair Mustang line pilot.
“We previously had to train our pilots on our own aircraft because there were no Mustang simulators available in Europe.
“We really like the touch screens on Frasca’s Instructor Operating Station which are very user friendly and provide excellent tools to facilitate high quality training,” added Chaillou.
The first class of pilots to utilise the dual qualified FTD2/FNPT II Mustang simulator commenced training in late March 2017. DV Training offers wet and dry lease Mustang training along with an e-learning platform.
This is the third Frasca Cessna 510 Citation Mustang simulator. Other Mustang devices are in use at the US Federal Aviation Administration’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, OK and at Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science at Metropolitan State University (MSU) in Denver, CO.