FlightSafety International’s first Gulfstream G500 full flight simulator (FFS) has received interim Level C qualification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The FFS is the first business jet simulator equipped with FlightSafety’s CrewView collimated glass mirror display, which provides distortion-free optical performance with greater clarity, sharpness, and brightness. It also features FlightSafety’s VITAL 1100 visual system.

A second simulator, which will be interchangeable between the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600, will be qualified following aircraft certification. Both will then be used for pilot and maintenance technician training at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Savannah, Georgia.

The training programmes for each aircraft will also feature new MATRIX integrated training system devices including advanced technology classroom workstations, graphical flight-deck simulators and FAA Level 4 qualified flight training devices.

“The certification of the G500 full flight simulator is a major step forward as we prepare for the G500 aircraft to enter service later this year,” said Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream.

FlightSafety has been the official factory authorised training organisation for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation for more than four decades. The company also offers Ground Handling & Servicing Training on behalf of the OEM.