Sim-Industries Opens Pilot Training Center in Brazil
One of the world’s fastest growing economies, Brazil is seeing a huge rise in air travel as it prepares for the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. The pilots that serve this market also have an important destination of their own – the Sim-Industries São Paulo Training Center.
Sim-Industries recently opened the Brasil São Paulo Training Center that uses academic and simulator instruction to train commercial pilots from across South America to fly passenger and cargo jets. Combining Sim-Industries’ flight simulator technology and Training and Logistics Solutions’ training tools, in partnership with launch customer GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, the São Paulo training center creates a center of excellence for pilots to learn from each other and instructional pilots.
“Our simulators and the training center here provide a unique training experience that allows pilots not only to learn and practice every-day skills but they will also understand how to react in unusual or emergency situations, ensuring that they are prepared for all eventualities,” said Paul Livingston, Sim-Industries’ chief operating officer, at the facility dedication.
GOL pilots began academic training on the Boeing 737 on Feb. 11 and will progress to two dedicated simulators. The simulators are qualified at the highest classification, level D, which allows ground-based training to replace some of the live flight hours required for pilot certification. As more airlines send their pilots to the three-story, 16-classroom facility, training services will be tailored to each airline. The center has capacity for six full flight simulators.
Sim-Industries – a Lockheed Martin company – is no stranger to international training facilities. The São Paulo center is the second fully-owned training facility established by Sim-Industries. The first is in Seoul, Korea.
“As air travel in the region continues to grow, so does the need for the talented, well-trained pilots to serve all those who travel in the skies above this beautiful country,” said Livingston. “With GOL, we are steadfast in a shared commitment to aviation safety.”
Posted on February 19, 2013