The first few pilots to train for their type ratings in Pilatus’ PC-24 Super Versatile Jet using FlightSafety International’s full motion simulator are hard at work at the company’s learning center in Dallas. They’re training in FlightSafety’s FS1000 PC-24 simulator, which includes the VITAL 1100 visual system, electric motion, control loading and a new instructor operating station providing a highly realistic and effective training environment.
FlightSafety’s PC-24 simulator has been qualified and approved by both the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency. “Receiving EASA and FAA qualification demonstrates our ability to design and manufacture simulators that replicate the flying characteristics of the aircraft they represent, and meet or exceed the stringent standards of aviation regulatory agencies around the world,” said FlightSafety’s executive vice president, David Davenport. “FlightSafety and Pilatus worked closely together to ensure owners and operators of the PC-24 receive the highest quality training and outstanding services they deserve and expect.”
The PC-24 has been named the Super Versatile Jet because of its ability to land on unimproved fields, the only business jet approved to do so. After achieving certification in December, the first PC-24 was delivered last week to PlaneSense, a fractional ownership company that operates a large fleet of aircraft including 38 Pilatus PC-12 turboprops.
The two FlightSafety Learning Centers in Dallas operate a total of 25 full-flight simulators. In addition to the Pilatus PC-24 and PC-12, the facility offers training programs for aircraft from Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, Embraer, Dassault and Gulfstream.