Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New stimulating simulating center



Air Canada's new simulator building is open for business.
They paired up with CAE (the world's biggest simulator maker)





Even though it does not look impressive, this new three story facility located north of Toronto Pearson is very impressive. Not only does it have seven sims (Air Canada's), but all the training classrooms, mock up flight decks, PTM (Pilot Training Modules) and even all flight operations management is under one roof.




One of two large rooms filled with four sims (two Embraers and two Airbus 320s) at $20 million a piece.

The other side has one B777, one B767, another A320 with one bay open patiently waiting for the B787 (Dreamliner).



Just part of the huge computer room driving the seven simulators.








10 comments:

Edgard Pacheco said...

Hey Captain! Air Canada flies embraers? I suppose for regional routes...

But the real question is: Why do you think they chose embraers instead of... for example.. cessna citations or even fokkers? (if for regional routes)

Oshawapilot said...

Wow, quite a facility. I'd love to get some time in any one of those sims (from a purely entertainment standpoint) one day, but I'm sure at 20m a piece, "entertainment" isn't high on Air Canadas sim scheduling priority list.

Oshawapilot said...

Back to MS Flight Simulator for me. :-)

Memopilot said...

Hello captain ¡¡¡¡ let´s say a simple mortal wish to spend some time on these high tech sims. how much would be the cost of 1 hour of instruction (fun) and one more cuestion.....

It is cheaper for the company to get their own sims???? i mean 20 million each one????


Regards ¡¡¡¡¡

From the Flight Deck said...

Hola Memopilot. The simulators cost about U.S $500 to $1000 an hour to run. When a pilot switches aircraft type it is rumoured to cost about $60,000. That includes ground school, simulator time, "down time" (time not flying). Maybe one or two sims are owned by Air Canada (at least they were prior to bankruptcy protection) but most (if not all) are leased from CAE. They are run by Air Canada, have Air Canada colours, Air Canada instructors but CAE owns them.
That's why we are co-sharing the building. CAE has their own simulators there as well (four) but train other airlines.

Capt. Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

Oshawapilot. The facility has a security guard 24 hours a day. We pilots have personal access to the "sims" but usually during the wee hours of the night.We have the option of going in on our time off to home our skills, but the place ups my blood pressure. Again, I liken it to getting a root canal.

Capt. Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

Edgard. Air Canada flies 45 Embrarer 190s which seat 93 passengers and 15 Embraer 175s with 73 passengers.
A Cessna citation and Fokker are in a different league.
Here's a link to Air Canada's fleet information. http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/fleet/index.html

The Embraer can fly from YYZ to LAX. In fact, it has bitten into the Airbus 320 flying big time.
Funny, it's our smallest airplane but it has the biggest simulators.

Again, welcome aboard!

Capt. Doug

CharlieZulu said...

At one time I thought one could purchase a ride in the AC flight sim with Aeroplan miles... can't find that option on the web page anymore, though. :-(

From the Flight Deck said...

Charlie Zulu. It would be a nice touch to give "elite" or "super-elite" passengers the opporuntity to experience a "sim" ride (even aeroplan miles), but something tells me the "sims" would wear out. :)

Memopilot said...

Oooo ¡¡ now i understand.

take care....