Czech Airlines has ceremoniously put into operation its Airbus A320 flight simulator.The Airline received the equipment as a part of the supply of 12 medium-haul Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. The simulator will serve primarily for the training and recurrent training of CSA pilots, but also for pilots of foreign airlines. CSA will also use the simulator in its “Flying without Fear” courses, which the Airline organises for the public.
The flight simulator is made by the Anglo-French company Thales. The advanced visual system was supplied by the Anglo-American company Rockwell-Collins. The perfect impression of a real flight is ensured by the entire equipment moving along six axes. The simulator is controlled by an instructor through two touch screens, on which any flight move can be set, with any weather, with surrounding air traffic, and twenty selected airports, such as the ones in Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Innsbruck, or Prague. In practicing for emergency situations, it is possible to evoke a great number of failures.
“Air crew training is one of the most important aspects of the quality and, above all, safety of flight operations,” said CSA’s Vice-President for Flight Operations, Jan Jan’k, during the simulator launch ceremony, adding: “Without proper training and capable people, air carriage cannot be operated truly safely.”
Simulator training is a compulsory part of the type-rating training of every pilot. The regulations also demand regular annual recurrent simulator flights and training for emergency situations. To date, Czech Airlines’ pilots have had to travel to Toulouse, London, Madrid, or Tunis for this compulsory simulator training. That entailed significant costs and cut down on their availability for flying.
CSA will offer the capacity of the new simulator to foreign airlines operating aircraft from the Airbus A320 family. CSA expects the interest of airlines from the Netherlands, the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Belarus, and many other countries, primarily from Eastern Europe. A number of airlines from those countries already use the other equipment offered by the Czech Airlines Training Centre for their training. CSA strives for its Prague Training Centre to become a member of the worldwide network of Airbus Training Centres, which would significantly contribute to the full utilisation of the simulator’s capacity.
Presently, Czech Airlines operates two full-flight, i.e., movable simulators, for pilot training (Boeing 737 and Airbus 320). Furthermore, it has a flight simulator for ATR turbo-propeller planes, another training device for training standard and emergency situations for cabin crews, and several special simulators - for example for pilots’ cockpit procedures, or for fire-fighting training in a closed space.
This year, the CSA Training Centre should also obtain a movable A320 cabin simulator, which will serve in cabin crew training. The device, which is a precise 30-seat model of a part of the Airbus A320 family cabin, is - like the pilot simulators - equipped with hydraulic legs that can move it about and simulate the flight. The device will enable flight attendants to train for all sorts of day-to-day and emergency procedures on board, in near-to-real conditions. The cabin simulator that CSA will obtain in the second half of the year can simulate many failures, including the loss of cabin pressure, fire on board, etc.