SIMCOM Aviation Training Announces GPS/WAAS and Visual Upgrades to its Simulator Fleet

Published on March 20, 2012 -

ORLANDO, FL, JULY 18, 2011 — SIMCOM Aviation Training, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, has announced recent enhancements to its fleet of simulators representing turboprop and piston-powered aircraft. Improvements to the visual systems in these devices give pilots a more realistic view of the outside world, providing them a more effective training experience than ever before. And new WAAS capable GPS installations in these devices give pilots the ability to learn and practice advanced instrument approach procedures using this technology.

“Our new visual display systems place our simulator customers in the middle of the action,” says Tom Evans, Orlando Training Center Manager. “Our turboprop and piston training customers now see very realistic scenery that rivals the view from our most advanced jet simulators. Using high resolution satellite imagery, the new visual displays also provide for a worldwide choice of recognizable terrain from which to operate. Our instructors can select weather conditions for all operating environments from VFR to IFR with thunderstorms, fog, rain, snow and icing conditions. Customers making their first visual approach into Aspen’s airport are amazed with the realism of the experience. We’ve had several pilots on the edge of their seats until they are safely on the simulated runway.”

In addition to improvements to the outside visual displays, recent avionics upgrades include the installation of Garmin 530 or 430 GPS/WAAS in most of SIMCOM’s piston and turboprop devices. WAAS, or Wide Area Augmentation System, provides pilots with GPS-derived vertical guidance, enabling precision approaches to smaller airports in adverse weather without ground based precision approach equipment installed. The installation of WAAS capability in SIMCOM’s turboprop and piston-powered simulator fleet enables pilots to train for and understand GPS/WAAS procedures and how to best benefit from this technology.

“With these enhancements, our simulators are now operating at a very advanced technological level,” says Wally David, President and CEO of SIMCOM. “That’s the way it should be. From jets to pistons, operational safety is our driving goal at SIMCOM. We desire to expose our customers to the most realistic flight training experience possible in the comfort and safety of our simulators. The addition of new visual displays and WAAS capability to our flight training devices does just that.”

SIMCOM’s visual-motion flight training devices with the upgraded visuals displays and WAAS capability include the Twin Commander, Twin Cessna 300/400 series, Baron 55/58 series, Navajo/Chieftain, Piper Meridian/Matrix/Mirage, JetPROP DLX, Pilatus Series 9, 10 and NG series, Piper Cheyenne series, Mitsubishi MU-2 series, Turbo Commander, King Air 90/100/200/300/350 and TBM 700/850.

SIMCOM also offers full-motion simulators for a large number of business jet and turboprop aircraft that already offer the latest in visual and avionics technology. Full-motion simulators are available for the Learjet 20/30/55 series, Falcon 20, Westwind I/II, Eclipse EA500, Hawker 400/700/800/800XP, Citation CJ/CJ1/CJ2/CJ3 series, Beechjet 400/MU-300 series, Hawker/Beech 400XP, Citation 500/550/560 series, Citation Ultra, Jetstream 41 and Dornier 328 Jet.

For more information on SIMCOM’s fleet of full-motion motion jet simulators and visual-motion turboprop and piston flight training devices, call Ron, Gary, Rick or Paul at 1-800-272-0211 or visit the SIMCOM web site at www.simulator.com.

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