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Magazine Ultimate Jet #74

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BRIEFING I MANUFACTURER

BRIEFING I MANUFACTURER I 12 PC-12NG flight training device certified for pilot training An all-new Level 6 Flight Training Device for Pilatus PC-12 NGX has received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) National Simulator Program approval for training flight crews of Pilatus’ latest iteration of its popular single-engine turboprop. It is now in place and operational at the SIMCOM training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Built by Frasca International, the Flight Training Device was delivered to SIMCOM’s Arizona training centre in Scottsdale earlier this summer. It has been undergoing evaluation and testing by Pilatus factory pilots, Frasca and SIMCOM engineers, PC-12 NGX customers, and FAA evaluation pilots. The device exactly replicates the Pilatus Advanced Cockpit Environment (ACE) based on the Honeywell Primus Epic 2.0 avionics system, and features the new touch screen avionics controller, single power control lever, and autothrottle system exclusive to the new PC-12 NGX. It incorporates Frasca’s 220 degree spherical display system, and is the first PC-12 NGX flight training device in service. SIMCOM is the exclusive factory approved training provider for the new PC-12 NGX. The Flight Training Device is built with Pilatus aircraft components and offers an extremely realistic training experience. A second PC-12 NGX Flight Training Device is under construction and will go into service in Europe in 2021. Gary Santos, SIMCOM’s Scottsdale Training Centre Manager stated: “I’m very happy to announce that our PC-12 NGX Flight Training Device Level 6 – the highest level of realism for a fixed-wing flight training device – has passed its FAA evaluation today in our Scottsdale facility. As Pilatus’s ingenuity paves the way in the single engine turboprop industry, the collaboration between Frasca engineers, Pilatus pilots and the SIMCOM team will allow us to lead the way in delivering high quality training in this market.” In addition to the new Flight Training Device, Avionics Software supplier Honeywell has produced an array of training videos for the PC-12 NGX that may be viewed through the Honeywell Pilot Gateway. Pilots find these learning tools extremely helpful prior to initial training and as a refresher to maintain proficiency. Ignaz Gretener, VP General Aviation of Pilatus said: «The market response to the new PC-12 NGX has exceeded our own expectations, and flight crews have been very keen to access formal classroom and simulator training for it. The new flight training devices in Arizona, and soon in Europe, will be heavily utilized by our customers. We are thankful for the continued great partnership between Pilatus and SIMCOM that enabled us to achieve this milestone.»

Gulfstream G500 and G600 again exceed expectations Gulfstream Aerospace announced the Gulfstream G500 and G600 have demonstrated additional range capabilities through real-time operations. The newly increased range for the G500 and G600 apply to both the high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 and the long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85. The G500 now delivers 5,300 nautical miles/9,816 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 4,500 nm/8,334 km at Mach 0.90. The G600’s range at Mach 0.85 has improved to 6,600 nm/12,223 km and 5,600 nm/10,371 km at Mach 0.90. «The G500 and G600 have been exceeding expectations since they entered service,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “This latest demonstrated range increase provides further proof of the tremendous efficiency and versatility of these aircraft. The Gulfstream team is always looking for opportunities to improve aircraft capabilities and the customer experience, and we are pleased to deliver another performance enhancement for both existing and future customers.» In addition to the range increases, the G600 now delivers greater payload capacity with full fuel. As a result of Gulfstream’s advanced manufacturing and precision-build expertise, the G600’s basic operating weight has been reduced by 570 pounds/259 kilograms over original values, bringing its full-fuel payload capabilities up to 2,600 lbs/1,179 kg. This gives G600 operators even more flexibility. «What’s exciting for our existing customers is that these improvements already exist on their in-service aircraft with no modifications required,» Burns said. During the flight-test program for the G500 and G600, both aircraft exceeded initial performance expectations with increased range capabilities. The G600 achieved a second high-speed cruise range increase before it entered service, gaining 700 nm/1,296 km over original projections. The maximum operating speed of both aircraft is Mach 0.925. Ultimate Jet I 13

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