Through its Brokair Aviation Academy division, Brokair Aviation Group has acquired an Airbus 320 simulator from the Madrid-based company Simloc Research. The unit will be fully integrated into the cabin fuselage of an A320.
With this modern simulator, Brokair becomes the first school on the Canary Islands to have a trainer of this type which can provide training of the highest level to different groups in the aviation sector. Its goal is to offer essential support in basic training courses for Aircraft Maintenance Specialists (AMS), AMS aircraft certification courses and even specific courses for MCC (Multi Crew Cooperation) pilots, preparation for airline tests, beginners’ flying courses and courses for Passenger Cabin Crew (PCC) at its unique facilities on the islands.
For Santiago Rosas, Founding Partner of Brokair, “Investing in training is always a guarantee. We’ve decided to acquire this simulator because we’re convinced that it’s the ultimate complementary piece to the courses we offer in the Canaries, adding an element of the highest quality to our training. At our Academy for Aircraft Maintenance Specialists, we provide theoretical and practical training in this area but we also want our students to understand the
operational side of an airline company”.
The simulator, which was developed and manufactured by Simloc Research, is based on the most advanced technology and has been evaluated by active professional pilots. It accurately replicates in-cabin and emergency flight situations. Carlos Pérez Ramírez, CEO of Simloc, is proud to participate in a project that will facilitate training for professionals on the islands: "For Simloc, it is a source of great pride that a company like Brokair has trusted in us to carry out a unique project adapting our simulation technology. Integrating an A320 simulator into the structure of an actual aircraft is a real challenge that involves all of Simloc’s production areas and it will no doubt contribute to aviation professionals’ training on the Canary Islands once in service".
Incorporated into the fuselage of an actual plane, this simulator is the ideal system to be added to AMS training, given that it feels completely realistic since it is fully integrated.
Until now, there has been no simulator of this kind on the Canary Islands, which meant that the excellent staff of pilots on the islands had to travel to other regions to complete their education and training. The all-new simulator will cover this gap so that professionals with extensive experience can teach different courses.
The simulator manufactured by Simloc Research will be installed in the fuselage of an Airbus A320 which features two main aircraft doors, an evacuation ramp, 14/17 rows of passenger seats, galleys, toilets and other elements typical of this type of aircraft. This also makes it ideal for Passenger Cabin Crew (PCC) facilitating their training.
The work to install the different systems has already begun. The fuselage needed extra space to allow it to be installed at the exact height required. Work is also being done to adapt a certifiable cylindrical visual system to 5 metres in height. The main idea is to maintain most of the parts of the actual plane. The avionics, flight displays, seats and controls such as the throttle and sidesticks are being custom developed by Simloc engineers.
Interestingly, areas have been prepared in the galley rack to house the main systems and computers hidden from observers’ view with a design made to look like a simple oven. The cabin jump seats will be turned into an instructor station and observer spot. Although the primary purpose and use of the Simloc simulator is training, it may be used for other recreational and even therapeutic purposes such as for courses to lose the fear of flying, with the assistance of psychologists, to help people with this phobia board a plane and overcome their fear.