Published on May 28th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer0
New ATR72-500 Simulator at Simtech
Simtech Aviation, in conjunction with its partner Falko, has announced the addition of an ATR 72-500 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) to its growing fleet. The new sim has recently passed both EASA and CAA approvals and is already in operation for several international clients.
The simulator arrived at Simtech’s training facility in Dublin, in February 2022 and underwent an intensive three-month build, installation and certification process carried out by Simtech’s team of experienced sim engineers, the manufacturer’s installation team and experienced ATR pilots who conducted the fly-outs and in-flight testing.
The ATR72-500 FFS was then approved to ‘Level D’ standard on 13th May by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and on 20th May by the Irish Aviation Authority, who certified it as complying with EASA CS-FSTD(A) standards.
Simtech Aviation is quickly becoming recognised as a centre of excellence for the ATR family of aircraft, as they now house two state-of-the-art ATR72-600 and ATR72-500 simulators along with a team of highly experienced instructors.
Simtech Aviation offers a variety of ATR training courses for both sims, ranging from full Type Ratings to ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ leasing for international flight school partners, airlines, and even suitably qualified individuals. The addition of the ATR72-500 FFS brings the Simtech fleet to 5, as it joins the existing ATR72-600, Airbus A320, Boeing 737-800 and XJ sims, giving Simtech one of the most comprehensive flight simulator ranges in Europe.
Kilian Hanratty, Sales Manager Simtech Aviation, said: ‘We are delighted to add the ATR 72-500 simulator as we build our ATR portfolio. As an ATR centre of excellence, we are now offering airlines the chance to centralise their ATR fleet training. Simtech Aviation is positioning itself in the market place as a leader of aviation solutions for both airlines and cadets.
Gerard Whelan, Managing Director Simtech Aviation, said: ‘Simtech Aviation is very pleased to offer our clients the full suite of training needs for the ATR family of aircraft to complement the training we have provided to Airbus and Boeing cadets and pilots over the past twenty years. As the aviation industry continues its recovery, we are now looking to support airlines recover from the unique challenges of the past two years by expanding our pilot training offering. During this period, Simtech has added three new simulators to our fleet showing how we are constantly adapting and responding to the needs of our customers.’