India buys flight simulators from Thales
Wednesday, 27 June 2007, 07:00 Hrs
Paris: European aerospace major Thales has been contracted to supply a range of flight simulators for a new aircrew training centre being established in Bangalore in India, it was announced here Friday. Under the deal with India's Jupiter Aviation, Thales will initially provide two Full Flight Simulators (FFS), one configured to the Airbus A-320 and the second to the Boeing 737. Lower level training devices, including Thales Formation Systems Trainers (TFST) and Thales Flight Management System Trainers (FMST), will also be provided. "These devices provide full aircraft systems simulation in a classroom," a Thales statement said. Jupiter's new training centre will complement its existing network of facilities and will also act as a recurrent training and Type Rating facility for India's leading airlines. The company will be obtaining a second tranche of training equipment, including two FFSs, as also TFSTs and FMSTs from Thales at a later date. Commenting on the deal, Chris Gane, vice president of the Thales simulation business, said: "This success further emphasises our recent success in India, a country that is seeing major growth in the aviation sector. According to Rajeev Chandrasekhar, chairman and CEO of Jupiter Capital, the contract is part of a significant investment for setting up an MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facility, and aviation training and knowledge centres. "We selected Thales because they are the market leaders in their field and most importantly, they share our passion and will to succeed," he added.