FlightSafety International and Cessna Aircraft Co. continue to make progress in developing the training program for Cessna’s Mustang.
The initial program will include two FlightSafety designed and manufactured full flight simulators, two avionics flight training devices, a Mentor Services program, distance-learning and a Proficiency Index.
A team from FlightSafety and Cessna worked together over the past year to develop a Proficiency Index, which will be used to determine the proficiency of new Mustang pilots. The results will be used to design custom plans for each pilot to help ensure that they receive the training necessary to operate the jet safely and to satisfy insurance requirements.
Cessna and FlightSafety also developed a Mentor Services program, which pairs pilots who have been type rated on the Mustang with the opportunity to fly with mentor pilots before they begin operating the jet on their own. It is designed to increase situational awareness and proficiency in a variety of flight environments, FlightSafety officials said.
FlightSafety will offer distance-learning courses over the Internet or via other electronic media for Mustang owners, beginning in January 2007. The first four courses will be High Altitude Training (HAT), Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS), Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) and a G1000 course.
FlightSafety and Cessna also are working to develop the Citation Mustang Pilot Training Manual and Cessna Aircraft Operations Manual simultaneously.
The Citation Mustang simulators are scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2007. The first simulator will be installed at FlightSafety’s Cessna Learning Center in Wichita, Kansas. European operators will have access to the second simulator at FlightSafety’s London Farnborough Training Center. The simulators will be equipped with electric motion and control loading technology and advanced high fidelity VITAL visual system.
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