Flight Training Alliance's first full flight simulator for Bombardier's all-new C Series aircraft has been unveiled during an inauguration held in Frankfurt, Germany.

Approximately two years after the founding of the joint venture between CAE and Lufthansa Flight Training, initial training on the most recent Bombardier aircraft family will take place at the Lufthansa Flight Training Center Frankfurt. Flight Training Alliance (FTA) is Bombardier's sole Approved Training Provider (ATP) for the C Series aircraft and, as such, is the only provider of training solutions for this type of aircraft besides the manufacturer.

The CAE-built simulator is the third of its kind worldwide. It contains a newly designed Instructor Operator Station (IOS) that is equpped with two 16:9 monitors. Bombardier's C Series aircraft differs from other types of aircraft, as all flight control systems are operated completely electrically. This means that the new FTA simulator requires fewer mechanical components and is more reliable from a technical standpoint. The new device received EASA Level C approval and Level D is expected in summer 2017. The first crew to perform its training in FTS's new simulator is from Air Baltic.