Thales UK has been selected by Hua-Ou Aviation Training Centre, a joint venture between Airbus China and China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, to provide an Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulator (FFS). This A320 FFS, which will be installed and ready for training before the end of 2012, will be the first Thales latest generation RealitySeven FFS product to enter service in Hua-Ou and in China.
The Thales FFS will be equipped with Rockwell Collins’ latest generation EP8000 Visual System. It will be a multi-configuration device, consisting of dual engine fit supporting the CFM* and IAE** engines and both flight management guidance computer configurations Thales/Honeywell and Thales/General Electric integrated with high fidelity simulated multipurpose control display units. There are four other RealitySeven A320 FFSs already in operation at Airbus’s Toulouse and Miami training centres. This simulator will introduce new features including a dual language English/Chinese instructor station, remote instructor operating station via iPad and an enhanced brief/debrief system.
Thales customer support organisation will guarantee the highest possible levels of availability for the training devices, and keep the simulator current with the latest aircraft standards, which accommodates the migration to the new fuel saving A320neo, scheduled for entry into service in 2015.
This will be the third Thales-built A320 FFS to enter into service at Hua-Ou, as the expansion of the Hua-Ou A320 simulator fleet reflects the increasing training needs to sustain the growing number of A320 aircraft in operation in China and South East Asia.
Marion Broughton, head of Thales UK’s aerospace business, said: "Thales is very pleased to win this contract award from Hua-Ou Aviation Training Centre demonstrating Thales’s ability to meet the demanding simulator performances that Airbus is looking for in order to offer the best training means and training environment to his Airlines Customers."
Olivier Guibert, President of Thales China, said: "We are delighted that Hua-Ou Aviation Training Center in China, has chosen Thales technology once again to accommodate its rapidly increasing pilot training needs."
Source: Thales Group (Paris: HO.PA)
Date: May 21, 2012