Simaero has opened its new simulator training center in Changsha, Hunan Province. This center commences operations this March 2024, marking a significant milestone in Simaero's expansion in China and will represent overtime an investment exceeding US$ 70 million.

Situated near Changsha Huanghua International Airport, one of China's largest airports, the Simaero Training Center, operating under the name Hunan Hongyi, stands as the first aviation training center in the Hunan Province. Simaero believes its strategic location in one of China's most populous provinces ensures accessibility for both local and international airlines, addressing their growing demands for pilot training.

 The Changsha Training Center is designed to host six full-flight simulators, with spacious briefing and debriefing rooms, classrooms, and a pilot rest area. The center is planned to be fully operational in March 2024.

The first full-flight simulator has been installed in the center and will be operating upon its opening. The device is a A320 neo/ceo simulator manufactured by China Simulation Sciences Co., Ltd. (CSS). This new simulator will give pilots a realistic and immersive training experience. Recently certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the simulator will also apply for certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in the coming months.

"The opening of the Changsha training center is a major milestone in our development in China, states Nicolas Mouté, CEO of Simaero. It underscores our dedication to investing in aviation training in the country and, in particular, in the Hunan region. Here again, we collaborate with local partners to foster knowledge exchange.”

The Changsha Training Center is the outcome of a dynamic partnership between Simaero and Hunan Hongyi Flight Training Co., Ltd. led by its Chairman, FU Jianhong.

Upon commencement, the center will provide dry-lease pilot training services to both local and international airlines. Looking ahead, Simaero aims to establish its own Approved Training Organization (ATO), certified by the CAAC, to offer an extensive range of pilot training programs.

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