FlightSafety International expanded and enhanced its training for Gulfstream aircraft by becoming the first, it says, to provide Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) to Touchdown and Rollout training for the Gulfstream G500 and other Gulfstream aircraft equipped with the Rockwell Collins HUD II and Kollsman (Elbit) EVS-II and EVS-SP. It is also offering Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training for the Gulfstream GIV aircraft, upgrading the Gulfstream GIV simulator to the new FlightSafety VITAL 1100 Visual System, and offering G500 training at its Savanah Learning Center.
EFVS to Touchdown and Rollout certification
The stand-alone EFVS to Touchdown and Rollout certification course is offered on Gulfstream aircraft that have achieved EFVS to Touchdown and Rollout certification. It meets the FAA training requirements for operators who use EFVS in lieu of natural vision to descend below the decision height/altitude (DA/DH) or minimum descent altitude (MDA).
Certification for Gulfstream EFVS operations for landing and rollout is accompanied by an additional approval that lets appropriately authorized Part 135 operators dispatch and begin instrument approaches when visibilities are lower than the published approach minimums using the Visual Advantage concept. Part 91 operators could also obtain the required letter of authorization from the FAA after completing the course.
Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training
FlightSafety now offers Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training for the Gulfstream GIV aircraft at the FlightSafety Learning Center in Savannah, Georgia. The company also upgraded the Gulfstream GIV simulator to the new FlightSafety VITAL 1100 Visual System that enhances training by providing detailed mission-specific imagery with improved scene content and exceptional environmental effects.
“FlightSafety’s Advanced Upset Prevention & Recovery Training presents compelling scenarios that allow pilots to safely experience and recover from historically accurate, in-flight upset events in a way that would be far too dangerous to experience in an actual aircraft,” said Dann Runik, Executive Director, Advanced Training Programs.
During this course, pilots are able to recognize, experience, and recover from in-flight loss of control in the safe and controlled environment of a simulator. The course also helps increase knowledge of aerodynamics and develops new skills that are critical to safe operations.
The academic portion of this course consists of four hours of advanced topics including low/high speed aerodynamics, stability and control, aircraft performance, and upset recovery technique. The simulator portion of this course consists of allowing pilots to recognize, experience, and recover from full aerodynamic stall and speeds in excess of VMO/MMO.
With the addition of UPRT to the Gulfstream GIV program, pilots now have access to all four advanced courses offered in the FlightSafety Master Aviator program. They include Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery, Advanced Energy Management, Advanced Rejected Takeoff Go/No-Go, and Advanced CRM/Human Factors LOFT.
G500 aircraft underway at Savannah Learning Center
The 23-day Gulfstream G500 and G600 common type-rating course uses two full-motion simulators, three new advanced Graphical Flight-deck simulators, which are FAA Level 4 qualified Flight Training Devices, and classrooms offering an interactive Matrix cockpit.
The FlightSafety FS1000 simulators feature the new CrewView collimated glass mirror displays that provide distortion-free optical performance with greater clarity, sharpness and brightness. Training enhancements also include a whole-Earth environment and worldwide database that incorporates the latest terrain information with satellite imagery.
Adding to the Matrix cockpit desktop trainer in FlightSafety’s classrooms is a fully functioning visual system, HUD/EVS, and sidestick controller that enhances scenario-based training experiences. The FAA Level 4 Flight Training Devices also feature a visual system, HUD/EVS and pilot sidestick.
While the length of initial training is similar to other programs, FlightSafety says the footprint of the course has changed significantly. Pilots can expect 46 hours of classroom instruction, 18 hours of Systems Integration, 8 hours in the Flight Training Devices and 24 hours of simulator time prior to the check ride. This is a reduction in classroom time and an increase in SIT and scenario-based training.
FlightSafety has been the official factory authorized training organization for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation for more than four decades. Training for the complete line of Gulfstream aircraft is delivered by FlightSafety’s instructors using close to 30 full flight simulators as well as other advanced training devices and equipment. Training is available at FlightSafety Learning Centers in Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Hong Kong; Long Beach, California; Savannah, Georgia; Wilmington, Delaware and at the London Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom.