China’s CAFUC lines up training suppliers

ALSIM, TRU win contracts for new simulators

A TRU simulator headed to China. (PHOTO: TRI Simulation+Training)

Use this oneALSIM and TRU Simulation+Training both announced Thursday (17 December) that they had won contracts with the Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC).

A Cessna M2 business jet. (PHOTO: TRU)

TRU said it had signed a deal with CAFUC to build and install a Cessna Citation M2 light jet Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) at the training centre in Guanghan, China, to support CAFUC’s fleet of new Citation M2 aircraft delivered this year. CAFUC’s fleet of Cessna aircraft includes 159 Cessna Skyhawk pistons, the largest in China, four new Citation M2 light jets and seven Cessna Citation CJ1/CJ1+ light jets.

This will be the first Level D Citation M2 jet simulator in operation outside the United States. The simulator will be equipped with the latest Garmin G3000 avionics and feature real aircraft parts throughout the cockpit ensuring accurate representation of the aircraft. TRU’s design will incorporate the company’s industry leading control loading system producing a highly realistic flight experience. The full-flight motion of the simulator integrates TRU’s REALCue system, utilising an electric motion base with 60-inch-stroke actuators, while the visual system is equipped with high-definition projectors on a 200×40 degree display creating an immersive training environment. The system is expected to be operational by the end of 2021. Financial details were not disclosed.

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The latest purchase increases the CAFUC’s fleet of ALSIM simulators to a total of 15 devices. (PHOTO: ALSIM)

ALSIM meanwhile, announced that it won a deal to supply five ALSR20 and one AL172 simulators. The latest purchase increases the CAFUC’s fleet of Alsim simulators to a total of 15 devices, already composed of AL42s, specific Diamond DA42 and AL172s, specific Cessna 172 Skyhawks. In total, this latest deal brings the total contract value between ALSIM and the CAFUC to about US$3.9 million in the last two years.

The ALSR20 is a new simulator manufactured by ALSIM and is the exact replica of the Cirrus SR20 aircraft. This Flight Training Device (FTD) Level 5 is specifically designed for PPL and IR training needs. The device reproduces the Cirrus SR20 specific interior cockpit and flight deck and comes along with a Garmin GDU 1050A and GFC 700 Autopilot. The ALSR20 is equipped with a Garmin GMA 350C – All digital Audio Panel and a Garmin GCU 479. The device can also simulate the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS).

CAFUC is the only full-time regular institution of higher education for civil aviation pilots, as well as technicians of other civil aviation specialties and high-quality applied professionals in engineering, management and arts required by national economy, under the direct jurisdiction of CAAC. The CAFUC currently has more than 23,000 full-time students, including more than 10,000 student pilots.

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