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19 June 2013

First Thales A400M Full Flight Simulator Ready for Training

The first A400M Full Flight Simulator (FFS) designed and built by Thales for Airbus Military received European Aviation Safety Agency’s qualification for training on the 7 June at Airbus Military International Training Centre in Seville.

This qualification is a key enabling milestone that allows Airbus Military to start to train A400M flight crews for their complex missions in a safe environment. The Full Flight Simulator utilises aircraft hardware and software that represents the initial configuration of the A400M aircraft cockpit and simulates the ground and flight operations of the aircraft in various natural and tactical environments. It includes an enhanced field of view visual system that is capable of supporting training in all aircraft manoeuvres, including air-to-air refuelling and low level tactical operations. A six degrees of freedom motion system, on-board and off-board instructor stations and a record and replay system to aid crew briefing and debriefing is also provided. As new aircraft data is made available, Thales and Airbus Military teams are also working to obtain Level D certification for this simulator. Peter Hitchcock, VP Avionics, Thales UK, says: “Thales is the leading provider of training solutions for Military Aircraft with contracts to provide A400M Full Flight Simulators and Flat Panel Trainers to Spain, France, Germany and UK. We are proud to offer our long-standing experience to help train pilots for this exciting and highly capable new aircraft”. Photo credit: Copyright ThalesUK