TRU Simulation + Training has signed an agreement with the Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC) to build and install a Cessna Citation M2 light jet Level D full flight simulator (FFS) at the training centre in Guanghan, China, to support CAFUC's fleet of new Citation M2 aircraft delivered this year.
TRU, a Textron company, designs and delivers training devices, programmes and support for civil and defence aircraft operators.
“This agreement is the latest in a long history of support to both CAFUC and to the Civil Aviation Administration of China,” says Gerald Messaris, TRU VP and GM. “We are pleased to continue that relationship by providing CAFUC with advanced technology and a world-class flight simulator to enhance the work of the school in support of China's aviation industry.”
CAFUC's fleet of Cessna aircraft includes 159 Cessna Skyhawk pistons, the largest in China, four new Citation M2 light jets and seven Cessna Citation CJ1/CJ1+ light jets. This will be the first Level D Citation M2 jet simulator in operation outside the United States. The simulator will be equipped with the latest Garmin G3000 avionics and feature real aircraft parts throughout the cockpit ensuring accurate representation of the aircraft. TRU's design will incorporate the company's industry leading control loading system producing a highly realistic flight experience. The full-flight motion of the simulator integrates TRU's REALCue system, utilising an electric motion base with 60-inch-stroke actuators, while the visual system is equipped with high-definition projectors on a 200x40 degree display, creating an immersive training environment.
A robust yet easy-to-use Instructor Operating Station brings everything together enhancing the instructor's ability to effectively manage the simulator operation. The simulator will be designed to meet all FAA and CAAC Level D certification requirements. The system is expected to be operational by the end of 2021.