Latvian Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits was present to help airBaltic unveil its new Airbus A220 full flight simulator at its training facilities next to Riga International Airport.
airBaltic said it is the first new full flight simulator ever purchased by a Latvian company.
"I am happy to see our national airline keeping up with the times by investing wisely in the areas that ensure development and growth of the company," Linkaits said.
"The new Airbus A220 simulator is not only state-of-the-art training technology for our pilots, it is also the airline’s contribution to cleaner environment as well as passenger safety, mobility and convenience.”
The fully equipped simulator has been qualified in accordance with latest EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) issue 2 requirements, including best precision navigation PBN (performance-based navigation) and UPRT (upset prevention and recovery training) capabilities. It is equipped with 60” Stroke Electric Motion System as well as the most modern visual system, consisting of four-megapixel LED Projector systems and dual head-up displays.
"We will be introducing a single fleet type of up to 80 Airbus A220-300 aircraft and it means that in the upcoming years we will train hundreds of our existing and future pilots," said Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic.
"We are truly delighted that now we have a state-of-the-art full flight simulator located right next to our headquarters, making the studying process for our pilots more efficient and accessible."