Flight Simulators Allow Pilots to Stay PreparedBy Emilio Aristegui | Thu, 09/09/2021 - 16:56
The aviation industry fell catastrophically as the coronavirus pandemic struck the world. However, flight simulators allowed Mexican pilots to remain prepared for the reopening of flight routes, as several airlines continue to invest heavily on the best equipment to train their employees.
Flight simulators are one of the most important components of the industry, as they allow pilots to certify and comply with the necessary training requirements and keeps them prepared during long periods of inactivity. As reported before by MBN, Aeromexico had previously invested in training simulators for the Boeing 737 Max. “Therefore, in light of the aircraft acquisitions and the transactions with the DAE, the debtors believe that acquiring this simulator at this time is in the best interest of their assets, as it would allow debtors to fully maximize the value and profits,” said Aeroméxico in a press release.
Jesús Durán, General Director of Airbus Training Centre Mexico (ASA), highlighted the importance of these flight assets as they provide the highest level of preparation for pilots in an interview with A21. “What is intended with these simulators is that the mind, the senses, perceive a real flight.” He explained that simulators recreate the accelerations and movement that pilots feel in the air.
The center facilitates preparation for thousands of pilots, explained Airbus. “The Airbus Training Centre Mexico houses a full-suite of A320 pilot training equipment, and has the capacity for more than 1,000 trainees annually – offering pilot-type rating, recurrent and maintenance training for the A320 family.” This center allowed pilots to maintain their aerial abilities throughout the pandemic as thousands of flight cancellations went down globally in 2020.
Meixco’s Federal Agency of Civil Aviation (AFAC) also highlighted the importance of pilot training on its website: “Every professional needs to keep up to date and prepared for unusual situations. The recurring Airbus A320 course will allow you to keep your knowledge and skills up to date, both for normal procedures and abnormal situations.” Flight simulators are only one of the latest investments made by Mexico’s aviation industry as airlines continuously seek to keep their pilots trained in state-of-the-art technology.