Ryanair Installs 6 FMS Trainers From MPS
Ryanair became the first customer to take delivery of MPS FMS training systems. They will be installed at their East Midlands and Stansted training locations. The MPS FMS trainers will greatly help Ryanair pilots to prepare for their simulator training. They can familiarize themselves with the actual FMS, thus providing a highly cost-effective training experience. The interactive training environment comprises a type specific B737 flight model representing the actual aircraft. The FMS trainer includes the primary display units and control panels for navigational display of routes, navigation aids and lesson plans.
Ryanair Head of training, Captain Andy O’Shea said:
“The MPS FMS Trainers represent the very latest in pilot training technology and design. These devices allow Ryanair to train their new and current pilots to be proficient with the FMS functions and capabilities leading to greater efficiency and flexibility in our pilot training program.”
MPS’ CEO, Captain Philip Adrian said:
“MPS aims to provide a complete training solution to their customers and we regard the FMS trainer as an additional part of the solutions we offer. The collaboration between Ryanair and MPS has led to significant high quality, innovative training solutions such as Ryanair’s Controlled Training system.”
Quadrant demonstrates SATCE on MPS FTD
Simulating air traffic control for training pilots
Quadrant demonstrates the advances of SATCE in an MPS Flight Simulator
The Modeling and Simulation Technical Committee focuses on simulation of atmospheric and spaceflight conditions to train crews and support design and development of aerospace systems.
Today, even in the most sophisticated flight simulators used for pilot training, the role of air traffic control, ATC, is played by the instructor. Flight crew experiences can vary due to differing instructor skills and focus. Additionally, other moving aircraft are rarely simulated. With vacant taxiways, runways and airways, the synthetic environment is sterile and quiet when compared with increasingly busy traffic levels in the real world. Combined, these limitations result in lighter crew workloads in the simulator than in actual operations.
Advances in artificial intelligence, speech recognition and synthesis are prompting a resurgence in simulating the ATC environment for training scenarios. This technology promises to increase immersion, to offer more realistic workloads by fully automating the ATC function and introducing realistic traffic, and to free up the instructor to focus more on core observation and training tasks. Simulating the ATC environment has progressed to the stage that international guidance and requirements are being revised for its use. Trials look promising and several major airlines have expressed interest, even though it is not yet mandated by regulation.
As a follow-up to experiments performed in 2017, two level-D training simulators at the FAA Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City were used this year to verify possible simplified go-around criteria for commercial transport aircraft under different environmental conditions. While most airlines have stabilized-approach criteria as part of their standard operating procedures, a 2012 Flight Safety Foundation study showed crews conduct a go-around only 3 percent of the time when outside of these criteria. The simplified criteria developed in these experiments hopefully are more in line with current airline operations and would ultimately contribute to improving the current go-around compliance rate.
A study to help define parameters for simulator benchmarking was completed in June on the vertical motion simulator, VMS, at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and in August on the Simona Research Simulator at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The same experiment was conducted in both simulators, investigating the effect of different motion-filter orders on pilot control behavior and performance. Results of this comparison between the VMS and Simona will help to provide insights into benchmarking standards important for replicating human performance results in flight simulators.
The FAA has mandated pilots be trained in full stall and upset recovery starting in 2019. Because this training involves more maneuvering than typical airline training tasks, additional burdens are placed on a simulator in order to provide adequate motion cues. Optimization of those cues may lead to improvements in transferring skills learned in a simulator to actual flight. Experiments were conducted this year at the NASA Ames Research Center’s VMS to investigate motion cueing for stall recovery training. The VMS was chosen because it can simulate small hexapod motion and much larger motion closer to real flight. The experiment findings will be used to publish motion cueing guidelines for effective stall recognition and recovery training.
In preparation for future integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the naval fleet and on aircraft carriers, Systems Technology Inc. this year developed the on-Deck Intelligent Aircraft Body Language Observer system, or DIABLO, which combines inertial measurement unit-embedded signalman wands and machine learning to facilitate gesture recognition and communication between on-deck aircraft directors and unmanned aircraft taxiing about the carrier deck. This system was evaluated in Manned Flight Simulator’s Lab 8 dome simulator at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, in which an aircraft director with DIABLO signalman wands interacted in a simulated aircraft carrier deck environment and with an unmanned aircraft taxiing along the deck. The results and feedback from the directors show promise that this system could be the solution to communication between deck personnel and an unmanned plane.
Norwegian Acquires B737 NG FTD-2 from MPS
Madrid, Spain, November 7th, 2018 – Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) has been contracted by Norwegian, to deliver an MPS B737 NG FTD-2, which will be installed in the Flight Training Center at Gatwick Airport in the UK.
MPS CEO Capt. Philip Adrian: “We are excited that Norwegian, one of the largest airlines in Europe, has chosen the highest level Fixed Base Simulator from MPS for their training. We are again expanding our customer base of airlines with this highly regarded carrier, which is another confirmation that the MPS Fixed Base Devices are the right tool for airlines and training organizations.”
Norwegian Head Of Training, Stig Larsen: “With more than 130 Boeing 737s in operation across the five AOCs in the Group Norwegian, we are thrilled to take the delivery of an MPS FTD-2, among the other ‘Blended Learning Programs’. This not only in order to offload the Full Flight Simulators and reduce the cost, but not least to restructure and tailor the various training programs. Being able to make use of different training equipment and fidelity, the FTD-2 fits the future needs of the Norwegian Training Academy and will be integral part of the crew training innovation.
FTEJerez to operate MPS A320 FTD
Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) has entered into an agreement with Flight Training Europe Jerez, (FTEJerez) to operate an A320 FTD from their Flight Training Centre in Jerez, Spain. FTEJerez will use the A320 FTD in its future Type Rating and MPL courses.
FTE’s CEO, Óscar Sordo Díaz: “We are very excited about this new addition to our current simulator portfolio. This will enable us to offer MPL and Type Rating courses in an A320 to our existing and future airline partners, with an excellent level of fidelity.”
MPS’ Chief Executive Officer, Captain Philip Adrian: “We are very pleased to start our relationship with FTEJerez by supplying them with a new high quality MPS Airbus A320 Flight Training Device to be used for Type Rating training in FTE’s training centre in Jerez”.
SIM4u ACQUIRES A320 FTD FROM MPS
Groenekan, the Netherlands, November 06, 2018 (EATS)
Multi Pilot Simulations MPS (MPS) has entered into an agreement with SIM4u Aviation Services in Berlin to build and install an MPS A320 FTD. This advanced Fixed Base Simulator will also be installed at SIM4u’s facilities in Berlin. MPS already supplied a B737 FSTD to SIM4u’s current Training Center.
SIM4u’s Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Thiemke:
After several years being an operator of professional Boeing 737 training devices, we are eagerly looking forward to support current and new customers with high quality Airbus A320 Simulators in the future. We are very fortunate about this development and the continuation of our long-term relationship with MPS as our partner.
MPS’ Chief Executive Officer, Captain Philip Adrian:
“We are very pleased to extend the long term relationship with SIM4u by supplying them with a new high quality MPS Airbus A320 Flight Training Device to be used for Type Rating training. This device will join the existing MPS trainer currently in use in Berlin, the first simulator MPS manufactured and I look forward to continue our successful cooperation.”
MPS contracted to deliver A320 FTD at Virtual Aviation Flight Training
Virtual Aviation Flight Training (VA) has placed an order with Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) for a new Airbus A320 FTD1 flight simulator, which will be delivered and installed in February 2019.
The new simulator will allow VA to offer a range of new training services to Airbus operators. It will also enable the company to increase capacity on its popular AirlineReady® APS MCC course, giving trainee pilots a choice of aircraft types.
The latest-generation FTD1 fixed-base simulators are playing an increasingly valuable role in airline pilot training, with their high-fidelity and innovative features making it possible for airlines to reduce their reliance on full flight simulators.
VA’s new FTD1 simulator will also be used to enhance the training delivered in other areas. For instance, the company plans to use it extensively during the groundschool phase of the A320 Type Rating, in order to provide a greatly improved learning experience when compared with traditional ‘flat panel' trainers.
Nigel Orme, CEO of VA: "Expanding our fleet with new flight simulators is an important step in our growth plans. We decided on MPS after thoroughly researching the market, and we are excited to be taking delivery of the first MPS Airbus A320 simulator in the UK."
Philip Adrian, CEO of MPS: “MPS is very pleased to expand the relationship with VA by delivering an additional simulator to their existing fleet. VA and MPS both strive to provide high quality Type Rating training to cope with the pilot shortage in the best possible way: better training at lower cost. The MPS devices selected and used by VA will make that possible.”
Skyborne Acquires B737 MAX FTD from MPS
Groenekan, The Netherlands, September 6th, 2018 – Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) has been contracted by Skyborne, a new airline pilot training academy based in the UK, to deliver the world’s first fixed-base B737 MAX simulator for its new, state-of-the-art training center at Gloucestershire Airport. This B737 MAX simulator has already been certified by the Dutch CAA at its production facilities in the Netherlands.
Skyborne CEO Lee Woodward: “Our vision is to make Skyborne the most trusted airline training academy in the industry. With a focus on exhibiting world-class quality across the board, we have invested in market-leading equipment to provide our cadets with a truly standout experience and are therefore very excited to be offering them the opportunity to learn to fly in the world’s first fixed-base Boeing 737 MAX FTD from MPS"
“We chose to work with MPS because the company has a very impressive record when it comes to delivering and installing flight simulators. The level of quality and attention to detail shown by MPS across its operations is exceptional, which is exactly what we look for in our partners.”
MPS CEO Capt. Philip Adrian: “We are committed to deliver our customers with the best possible Fixed Base Simulators. We therefore continuously incorporate the latest functionality and develop the latest models such as the B737 MAX. This device is the first of its kind qualified by aviation authorities and will allow customers like Skyborne to optimise training for the next generation of pilots”.
About Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS)
MPS designs, produces, installs and maintains fixed-base A320 and B737 simulators to meet the needs of airlines and flight training organizations for high fidelity, high quality devices that are type specific. The Company’s main production facility is located near Utrecht, The Netherlands, and its electronic systems are assembled in its subsidiary, MPS Electronics GmbH, in Germany. MPS delivers its products and services to Training Organizations and major airlines world-wide. MPS was founded in 2007 and has a global installed base of EASA and FAA certified simulators.
About Skyborne Airline Academy
Skyborne Airline Academy is a modern airline training academy based at Gloucestershire Airport in the United Kingdom, newly established by industry experts, bringing a fresh approach to airline pilot training.
The Academy offers full-time frozen Airline Transport Pilot License (fATPL) training. All training is conducted from its state-of-the-art facility at Gloucestershire Airport, complete with the UK’s first Boeing 737 Max FTD1 flight simulator. Trainees will also spend training periods at California Aeronautical University (CAU) and Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).
Founders Tom Misner (chairman), Lee Woodward (CEO) and Ian Cooper (COO) have unsurpassed experience in commercial aviation, education and training. It is their vision to create a training environment where the highest standard of teaching, safety and relevant airline-style training is maintained and interactive instruction encouraged.
Skyborne wants to partner with leading international airlines to offer the best possible career opportunities for its graduates. www.skyborne.com
MPS receives EASA Certification for 737 MAX FTD
The Dutch CAA has awarded Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) with FTD-1 certification for its 737 MAX simulator. Following subjective and objective testing in the MPS factory in the Netherlands, the CAA issued a Statement of Compliance. MPS closely cooperated with Boeing in achieving this milestone.
MPS’ CEO, Captain Philip Adrian: “In my previous function at Boeing I have been involved in the design of the 737 MAX. I am impressed to see the high fidelity of the MPS 737 MAX FTD and am very excited about this achievement. We invite our partners to come fly this device in our Dutch factory and look forward to discussing the benefits of this FTD for any training organization which wants to prepare pilots to fly this great aircraft.”
Expanded use of MPS fixed Base Simulators approved by EASA
At APATS 2018, the acting EASA manager of Flight Crew and Medical, Mr. Daan Dousi, announced that they will support the task to tool analysis that will allow significant extended use of MPS FTD-2 devices during Type Rating training.
This change shows once again the ability of EASA to work with industry and allow sensible use of high fidelity fixed base devices for a significantly larger part of the training.
MPS is the prime provider of these devices, which improve your training while at the same time increasing your bottom line.
MPS is ready to support you, so please contact our CEO Philip Adrian via firstname.lastname@example.org
MPS and ACCEL sign a strategic partnership agreement agreement
APATS Singapore (August 28, 2018)
ACCEL Flight Simulation (ACCEL) and Multi Pilot Simulations BV (MPS) announced at the 15th Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS) that they have teamed up in a strategic partnership to satisfy the increasing global demand of training product solutions by leveraging each of their pilot training strengths.
With the witness of world class aircraft training professionals, ACCEL and MPS formalized their partnership via a MOA signing. It has not only reinforced ACCEL Market superiority position in Mainland China but also has effectively established a framework of a long term strategic relationship between MPS and ACCEL that brings an entire simulation and training solutions to the market.
“This strategic partnership is not just a milestone for both parties, it means much more to aircraft training cooperation’s globalization”, the General Manager of ACCEL, Scott Watson said on the signing ceremony. “The strategic cooperation can be a significant model to leverage Asia and European aircraft training market.” He added.
Philip Adrian, CEO of MPS: “Through this strategic partnership, MPS and ACCEL are able to serve the global training industry with high quality, type specific Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 training devices. In the aviation training world, this partnership will allow airlines and training organizations to seamlessly utilize the MPS and ACCEL devices while benefitting from the flexibility and excellent customer service orientation of both companies.
MPS installs B737 FTD-2 at Safair
Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) installed its MPS B737 FTD-2 Simulator at Safair Operation’s training center at OR Tambo international Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. The FTD-2 has been certified by the local CAA and this advanced Fixed Base Simulator will greatly assist Safair in training their pilots.
Safair Operations CEO, Elmar Conradie :“The acquisition of this simulator is an exciting milestone for Safair Operations and we look forward to the efficiencies it will add to our training processes.”
MPS’ CEO, Captain Philip Adrian: “We are proud to deliver our type specific B737 FTD-2 to Safair’s training center in South Africa. We believe we can contribute to Safair’s training program with our cost effective, high quality, type specific simulator.”
Philip Adrian appointed new CEO of MPS
Multi Pilot Simulations (‘MPS’), the global frontrunner in the fixed-base flight training devices market, is delighted to announce the appointment of Capt. Philip Adrian (49) as the new CEO of MPS. Philip will succeed Mr. Dick Verburg, the founder and retiring CEO of MPS.
After flying in the Dutch Air Force, Mr. Adrian started flying commercially in 1992 as an FO on the B-737 at Transavia in the Netherlands and rose through the ranks of Captain, Instructor, Examiner and Head of Training. In 2007, Philip joined the Boeing Company as an Instructor and Examiner on Boeing 737, 777 and 787. During his career at Boeing, he also served as 737/737 MAX Chief Technical Pilot, Assistant Chief Pilot and as Chief Pilot Regulatory Strategy, based in Seattle.
Besides his position at Boeing, Mr. Adrian has participated in many FAA, ICAO and EASA rulemaking tasks. He chaired the ICAO LOCART initiative and EASA UPRT RMT, and currently chairs the EASA EBT Rulemaking Task. Philip also regularly speaks at venues such as the RAeS, Safety conferences, ICAO and EASA on a range of matters concerning Operational Suitability Data, Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, Evidence and Competency Based Training, innovation and safety.
Mr. Dick Verburg: “Philip brings in-depth knowledge of the rapid developments in the aviation training industry and is considered a thought leader and active contributor on the topic of innovation in pilot training and safety. I am very proud to hand over the reins to him and wish him the very best in his new role”.
Under Mr. Adrian’s leadership, the MPS team will continue to excel in providing top of the line simulation, while further partnering with airline and training partners to ensure their training needs are met with innovative solutions customized to the organization’s needs.
Mr. Verburg founded MPS in 2007 and has since then led the Company into a well-respected global frontrunner in the fixed-base flight training devices market. With his drive and passion for aviation safety, Mr. Verburg has made a significant contribution to the pilot training industry.
Philip will take on his new position per May 15th, 2018, and can be reached at Philip.Adrian@MPS.aero.
MPS contracted to deliver B737 MAX
Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) has been contracted to deliver a B737 MAX FTD for a new training center in the UK. MPS closely cooperates with Boeing and Rockwell Collins for the development of the B737 MAX FTD. MPS plans to have the MAX FTD ready in May 2018. MPS has designed their simulators in such a way that current MPS B737 NG simulators can be field upgraded to a B737 MAX.
MPS CEO Dick Verburg: “We are committed to deliver our customers with the best possible Fixed Base Simulators. We therefore continuously incorporate the latest functionality and quickly develop the latest models such as the B737 MAX. Part of this commitment is the possibility to seamlessly upgrade our existing simulators to the next generation of aircraft. This way we ensure that the investments our customers make in our simulators are well protected.”
AFG ORDERS A320 FTD FROM MPS
Multi Pilot Simulations MPS (MPS) has entered into an agreement with Avenger Flight Group (AFG) to build and install an MPS A320 FTD. This advanced fixed base Simulator will be installed at AFG’s training Center in Fort Lauderdale. MPS’ already supplied two FTD’s to AFG’s training Center in Dallas and Las Vegas.
AFG's President, Pedro Sors: "Our introduction of the MPS FTD's into our training centers has been very successful and we are especially pleased that our airline customers have widely benefited from a reduction in training costs not normally associated from a high-fidelity device of this caliber. We are exited to receive our second A320 FTD which is expected to receive FAA Level 5 certification in September 2018."
MPS’ Chief Executive Officer, Dick Verburg: “We are very pleased with this third FTD order from AFG. We are eager to supply another high-quality simulator to AFG’s state of the art training center and to continue our successful cooperation.”
OSM Aviation Academy orders B737 FTD from MPS
Multi Pilot Simulations MPS (MPS) has entered into an agreement with OSM Aviation Academy (OSMAA) to build and install an MPS B737-800W FTD. This advanced fixed base Simulator will be installed at OSMAA’s training Center in Vasteras Sweden. MPS’ existing B737 FNPT-II/ MCC simulator will be moved by MPS from Vasteras in Sweden to the new training facility of OSMAA in Norway.
OSMAA's Chief Executive Officer, Olof Barve: "We are very happy with the MPS B737 FNPT II simulator we acquired back in 2013 and look forward to the delivery of a newer and even more advanced FTD from MPS. It has proven to be extremely valuable in preparing students for their arline careers and helped tremendously with bridging the transition from ab-inito training to their first type rating."
MPS’ Chief Executive Officer, Dick Verburg: “Our FNPT-II/MCC device has been intensely used for 5 years in Vasteras Sweden. We are pleased that OSM Aviation Academy decided to further expand their training capacity with an advanced B737 FTD from MPS. We look forward to our continued cooperation with OSM Aviation Academy.”
MPS DC-3 simulator certified as FTD-2
The Netherlands, February 23, 2018 – The DC-3 simulator of Multi Pilot Simulations b.v. (MPS) was certified by the Dutch CAA on behalf of EASA as an FTD-2. The DC-3 simulator was previously certified as an FNPT II. The device has the highest EASA certification level that is possible for a Fixed Base Simulator (equivalent to FAA Level 6/7) and is the only certified DC-3 simulator in the world. This means that pilots can train a substantial part of their type rating on a DC-3 simulator at MPS premises in Groenekan, the Netherlands. The simulator was developed in close cooperation with the Dutch Dakota Association (DDA) and was largely modeled after the PH-PBA aircraft.
Dick Verburg, MPS President & CEO: "Our MPS team has worked many years on the development of this simulator and this FTD2 certification is the final milestone for us. We are delighted that we can now train DC-3 pilots since we have operator status. This will make a substantial contribution to flight safety for this unique class of aircraft. We’d like to thank the DDA and our sponsors for the effective and close cooperation to achieve this."
DDA Chief Flight Instructor and TRI, Tom van Hoorn: “This simulator fills a training-need that has existed in classic aviation for a long time. The fidelity of the simulator is amazing. It even includes a functional circuit breaker panel and rotating, fully controllable propellers in the visual system. The realism of the flying and of the systems makes this an incredible training tool. The simulator has over 70 failure scenario’s that can be selected, enabling a level of training that was not possible in the past.”
MPS Recieves FNPT-II-MCC Certification For GenJet
The Dutch CAA has awarded Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) with FNPT-II/MCC certification for its Generic Jet (GenJet). Following subjective and objective testing in the MPS factory in the Netherlands, the CAA issued a Statement of Compliance. The design of the GenJet is loosely based on the functionality of a popular modern passenger jet for 140 – 170 passengers. It is the perfect combination of a common Commercial Air Transport Category Aircraft with an OEM flight and performance model.
MPS’ President and founder, Dick Verburg: “The certification paves the way for our attractive rental offering of our GenJet to prospective customers. We offer this low-cost training device for an hourly rate of € 59. The GenJet is built for APS, and is also ideal for selection, MCC, JOC, MPL2 and IFR training. We think this will be a fantastic tool for flight training schools around the world.”
MPS increases production capacity
MPS opened a fourth production hall, which substantially increases the company’s production capacity. With this expansion MPS currently has over 40,000 square feet of production space both in The Netherlands and Germany. The new production hall includes wet and dry cleaning rooms and a state of the art spray booth. This expansion allows MPS to increase the production by a factor four. The new hall will be used for mechanical production and integration, while the previous halls will be used for the installation of the electronic parts, software testing, in-house certification and factory acceptance.
MPS’ President and founder, Dick Verburg: “The construction of the new production hall has taken 10 months. We are now able to separate various steps of the production process, which further increases our efficiency in the production process. With this expansion, we are ready for the future.”
MPS OFFERS ATTRACTIVE HOURLY RATE FOR GENJET TRAINING DEVICE
MPS has developed an affordable Generic Jet Training Device (GenJet) for FTO’s and ATO’s. This GenJet is now offered for an attractive hourly rate of € 59. This enables even smaller schools to use an advanced Fixed Base Jet Simulator from MPS. For this low hourly rate MPS offers simulation as a service, including the installation, maintenance and updates of the GenJet. MPS will also provide an approved APS syllabus with this simulator. The option to use the simulator for an hourly rate is subject to an MPS due diligence of the end-user.
The GenJet is a low-cost training device built for APS but is also ideal for selection, MCC, JOC, MPL2 and IFR training. The design is loosely based on the functionality of a popular modern passenger jet for 140 – 170 passengers. It is the perfect combination of a common Commercial Air Transport Category Aircraft with an OEM flight and performance model. The GenJet is EASA certified as an FNPT-II/MCC device, prior to leaving the MPS factory.
MPS’ President and founder, Dick Verburg: “Students are eager to obtain their pilot license. The challenge for flight training schools is to deliver airline ready pilots. This requires good selection of students and high quality MCC and JOC training such as the new EASA defined APS course. The quality of training is determined by the quality of the syllabus, the instructor and the simulator. With a high quality, advanced jet simulator like MPS’ GenJet, FTO’s can optimally prepare their students for the airline jet type rating. With this low hourly rate we can bring a quality device to smaller training school as well.”
Application of MPS simulators at Ryanair
In a recent article in CAT magazine Ryanair describes their innovative approach to training and how to safely grow and operate a fleet of over 400 B737 800 NG's. The article can be found here
Image credit: Ryanair
Applying Fixed Base Simulators
Attached article (in Dutch) was published after mr. Frank Versteegh visited our factory in Groenekan, the Netherlands.
Simtech Aviation Dublin orders B737 FTD from MPS
Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) has entered into an agreement with Simtech Aviation to build and install an MPS B737-800W FTD. This advanced fixed base Simulator will be installed at Simtech Aviation’s training center in Dublin and will be used for MCC/JOC training and a significant part of the Type rating program for the B737.
Declan Dooney, Simtech’s Chief Executive Officer: “Simtech Aviation is delighted to confirm that we have entered an agreement with MPS to deliver a market leading B737-800 FTD. This device will allow us to continue to deliver best in class MCC courses and to launch our APS MCC Course as advocated by Ryanair. The addition of a B737-800 FTD will enhance our unrivalled graduate placement rate and also allow us to develop our airline partnership business with B737-800 operators”.
MPS’ Chief Executive Officer Dick Verburg: “We are pleased to deliver our advanced B737 FTD to such a professional and highly regarded aviation training center as Simtech Aviation. We think that in this setting we can clearly show the advantage of using a Fixed Base Simulator next to a Full Flight Simulator in Type Ratings and other training by offloading a substantial part of the training on the MPS device.”
MPS contracts SimCap to provide leasing solutions
Groenekan, The Netherlands, October 31st, 2017
Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) has entered into a frame agreement for leasing its simulators with SimCap B.V. a subsidiary of Mass Lease. Under this agreement MPS can lease its simulators with favorable terms to its future customers.
SimCap Managing Director Richard Jacobs: “Stepping into the financing of simulators is highly complementary to our current aircraft portfolio. The exploitation of new equipment is an exciting new step for us and the combination with the use of export credit based financing enables us to provide efficient leasing solutions to our customers”
MPS’ Chief Executive Officer Dick Verburg: “Now that we have this agreement in place, MPS will be able to make an even more attractive proposition to its customers. Besides being extremely cost effective we can now also provide several lease structures tailored to the needs of our customers.”
MPS upgrades Ryanair simulator to FTD-2
For immediate release - Groenekan, The Netherlands - MPS has upgraded their FTD-1 at Ryanair’s training center in Stansted to FTD-2. MPS can upgrade their FTD-1 in the field to FTD-2 level in one day. The UK-CAA has officially awarded the simulator with an FTD-2 certificate.
Ryanair’s: Head of Training, Captain Andy O’Shea: “We are pleased with the successful qualification of our first MPS FTD 2. MPS devices have proven to be very effective in our Enhanced MCC training programs and also in our Boeing 737 NG Type Rating Courses. Following clarification of relevant regulation and completion of ongoing EASA Rule Making Tasks, we anticipate that the higher level FTD 2 qualification will enable us to use the devices in our Recurrent Training programs and Mixed Implementation of Baseline Evidence Based Training in 2018."
MPS’ Chief Executive Officer Dick Verburg: “We are excited to field upgrade one of our FTD-1 simulators to FTD-2 for Ryanair. We expect that our FTD-2 will provide credits for some parts of the recurrent training."
MPS launches Generic Jet for APS or MCC
For immediate release, Groenekan, The Netherlands - MPS has finalized the development of its Generic Jet Training Device (GenJet), which is an affordable device for FTO’s/ATO’s. The pricing of the GenJet and leasing or rental options (by the hour) enable even smaller schools to use an advanced Fixed Base jet Simulator from MPS.
The GenJet is a low-cost training device ideal for selection, APS, MCC, JOC, MPL2 and IFR training. The design is loosely based on the functionality of a popular modern passenger jet for 140 – 170 passengers. It is the perfect combination of a common Commercial Air Transport Category Aircraft with an OEM flight and performance model. The GenJet will be EASA certified as an FNPT-II/MCC device, prior to leaving the MPS factory.
MPS’ President and founder, Dick Verburg: “Students are eager to obtain their pilot license. The challenge for flight training schools is to deliver airline ready pilots. This requires good selection of students and high quality MCC and JOC training. The quality of training is determined by the quality of the syllabus, the instructor and the simulator. With a high quality, advanced jet simulator like MPS’ GenJet, FTO’s can optimally prepare their students for the airline jet type rating.”
Comair orders second simulator from MPS
Groenekan, The Netherlands - Comair Limited and Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) have entered into definitive agreements for the delivery of an MPS A320 FTD Fixed Base Simulator to Comair’s Training Centre (CTC). This second FTD comes after the successful installation of an MPS B737-NG FTD in December last year. The MPS A320 FTD will be installed at the Comair Training Centre, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and will greatly assist Comair in training young pilots.
Comair Manager Commercial Operations, Capt. Glen Warden “Comair Training Centre (CTC) are delighted to have been able to acquire the Airbus A-320 FTD, being our second device from MPS to augment our high quality training services to the airline industry. Our B737-NG FTD has performed exceptionally well providing our learners with a solid baseline in systems knowledge and handling skills prior to completion of the type endorsement on the full flight simulator. The A-320 FTD, soon to be installed in our new training wing will also offer the same quality training to Airbus operators. The added versatility of being able to conduct MCC/JOC, procedural training, instrument proficiency, LOFT training and command preparation has been a huge cost-effective advantage to our product offering ”
MPS’ President and founder, Dick Verburg: “We are extremely happy to expand our partnership with Comair by delivering a second FTD to their training center. We believe we can contribute to Comair’s training business and impeccable training track record. We are pleased that Comair has recognized the value of the MPS B737-NG simulator and is expanding their offering with an A320 FTD. These devices can enable the highest levels of training whilst maintaining the balance between high quality and cost effectiveness.”
Comair Limited is a South African aviation and travel company, offering scheduled and non-scheduled airline services within South Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, as its main business. The company operates under its low-fare airline brand, kulula.com, as well as under the British Airways livery, as part of its British Airways Plc. license agreement. Managed and owned by South Africans through its listing on the JSE, Comair has been operating successfully in this country since 1946. Comair is the only known airline to have achieved operating profits for 69 consecutive years and has a safety record which is internationally recognized.
For more information on Comair, visit www.comair.co.za
Jet MASTERCLASS orders B737 FTD
Groenekan, The Netherlands – Jet MASTERCLASS and Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) have signed contracts for the delivery of an MPS B737 FTD Simulator. This advanced Fixed Base Simulator will be installed by MPS at the Jet MASTERCLASS’ Training Centre, based in the vicinity of London Gatwick Airport. The type specific MPS simulator will greatly assist Jet MASTERCLASS in training their pilots.
Jet MASTERCLASS, Managing Directors, Robert Bleker and Frank Jukes:“ Selecting MPS as a training partner was a very straightforward decision. Any production-based business striving for quality and efficiency will invest in the most effective tooling capability and it is our view that the MPS FTD provides that perfect combination. It operates in a class of its own - far exceeding regulatory requirements and serving as a cost-effective alternative to full motion simulation. Approved as an EASA FTD-1 with full wrap-around collimated visual display and worldwide LIDO database, the device provides the perfect training platform for both trainee and instructor. We are very pleased to be partnering with MPS and look forward to introducing the device to our London-based training community.”
MPS’ President and founder, Dick Verburg: “We are proud to deliver our type specific B737 FTD to Jet MASTERCLASS’ training center in the UK. We believe we can contribute to Jet MASTERCLASS’ training program with our low cost, high quality type specific simulator. Jet MASTERCLASS’ focus on quality training is a key ingredient for our successful cooperation.”
About Jet Masterclass Jet MASTERCLASS (UK) Ltd. are providers of technical and regulatory consultancy within the aviation training arena, offering contracted pilot and Instructor services to training organisations and airlines. Jet MASTERCLASS managing directors are Robert Bleker and Frank Jukes. The company is headquartered at Manor Royal near London Gatwick airport, ideally placed to provide highly accessible, quality training products and services to the international aviation community.
MPS installs A320 FTD at FSC
MPS installed an A320 advanced Fixed Base Simulator at FSC training facilities at Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands. The device has been certified by the Dutch CAA at Level FTD-1 and FNPT-II / MCC, it is ready for training as of July 10th. By adding the Airbus A320 device, FSC will be able to meet the needs of the customers even better and will offer more training possibilities, flexibility and services.
FSC training is able to offer the complete EASA qualified A320 type rating course as well as operator recurrent programs. Combined with the recently added Boeing B737-800 FTD from MPS, which has been certified level FTD-1 in May 2017, FSC expands its capacity and will be able to offer the customer more freedom of choice.
Patria's case study of an MPS A320 FTD
Patria will train new pilots on its recently acquired A320 Fixed Base Simulator from MPS. Patria will use a Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) training programme and will use the FTD for parts of the Airbus A320 type rating training. Mikko Paronen, the Managing Director of Patria’s Pilot Training division, was recently interviewed about his experience with MPS A320 FTD.
MPS B737 FTD installed at Ryanair facility in Bergamo
MPS has installed a B737-800W FTD at Ryanair’s training facility in Bergamo, Italy. This is the fourth operational MPS simulator for Ryanair and comes after the successful delivery of previous MPS simulators, which are successfully installed at several Ryanair training facilities. The next two simulators will be installed in September. After this, MPS will have six simulators operational at Ryanair. This means that MPS has to install seven more simulators for Ryanair.
Ryanair orders 10 additional FBS Devices from MPS
Groenekan, The Netherlands, February 24th, 2017
Ryanair Ltd. has ordered ten (10) additional B737 NG Fixed Base Simulators from MPS. This order comes after the successful completion of a 1-year trial of three MPS simulators, which have been installed at Ryanair’s training facilities in Dublin and East Midlands. During this trial period these state of the art fixed base devices not only met Ryanair’s rigorous training requirements but were also used for the initial rollout of Ryanair’s unique Controlled Training program which allows pilots to practice their flying skills in a relaxed environment, without the direct supervision of a flight instructor. The additional Fixed Base Simulators from this new order will be installed at Ryanair training facilities in Bergamo, Stansted and Madrid and at other locations throughout the base network.
Ryanair Chief Operations Officer Mick Hickey “This order for ten additional fixed base Simulators follows a successful 1 year trial and excellent feedback from our pilot group. The ongoing investment in MPS state of the art high fidelity B737-NG FTD Fixed Base Simulator technology continues Ryanair’s commitment to improve upon its already industry leading pilot training standards. The MPS product sets a new standard in Fixed Base Simulator technology and these simulators will ensure that our pilots continue to have the highest standards of training. These simulators will be used in a variety of training and operational roles including Ryanair’s unique and industry leading Controlled Training program and will complement the training done in our full motion simulators.”
MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “We are excited to receive this additional order from Ryanair. We are proud that our simulators and our service meet the needs of Ryanair. MPS is committed to improve safety through our high quality and cost effective training devices. We are pleased that a major airline like Ryanair is recognizing the value of the MPS simulators and the contribution these devices can make in providing the highest levels of training.”
Interview with Dick Verburg
Luchtvaart Nieuws, a leading aviation magazine in the Benelux interviewed MPS' CEO Dick Verburg. The interview can be read here
MPS acquires rights to EPST courseware
Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) acquired the rights to provide EPST (European Pilot Selection & Training) courseware to the users of its simulators. Under a perpetual License Agreement MPS can now offer Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC), Jet Orientation Course (JOC) and Type Rating both on the B737 and the A320 to its customers. All courseware has been developed and successfully applied by EPST for many years. The courseware is EASA approved and will be continuously updated.
MPS CEO Dick Verburg: “EPST has been using fixed base simulators in its flight training for many years. Their courseware has been proven to be an essential ingredient in the successful training of pilots. Therefore we are very excited that we agreed with EPST on the terms of using their courses by our customers.”
EPST Managing Director Eric Duijkers: “EPST has invested substantial time and resources in optimizing its MCC, JOC and Type Rating courses. All our training courses are EASA approved and were developed around our 4 MPS Fixed Base Simulators. We look forward to share our training knowledge with MPS customers“.
MPS delivers an A320 simulator to PTC
Port Elizabeth, South Africa (24 January 2017)
MPS recently installed an A320 FTD Fixed Base Simulator at the training center of PTC Aviation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. PTC Aviation already successfully operate a Boeing 737 NG simulator that was previously ordered from and installed by MPS, and with this order PTC further expands its training capabilities.
This new device has been certified by the South African CAA and will be used for various A320 training activities including part of A320 type-rating training.
PTC Aviation partners with 43 Air School to deliver airline ready type-rated pilots on both Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 series aircraft for the 43 Air School Jet pilot program. The 43 Air School “Jet Pilot Program” takes private and airline sponsored students from selection to airline type-rating in a cost effective, 18 month integrated program.
The 43 Air School Jet Pilot Program is the only offering of this type on the African continent.
PTC HEAD OF TRAINING – CAPTAIN WAYNE WESTOBY
"PTC Aviation are delighted to receive our MPS EASA FTD Level 1 type specific A320 FSTD.
As a leading South African TRTO with a products focused on Next Generation Airline Training Solutions and the development of initial type rated “Line Ready” airline pilots, the recent South African CAA approval of our new A320 together with our MPS B737-800 FSTD completes the training capabilities of PTC on Boeing and Airbus entry level products.
The operational successes of our established B737-800 Airline Pilot Preparation Program (APPP) will now be expanded to a A320 platform through the introduction of our new Airbus A320 Airline Pilot Preparation Program (APPP).
Key drivers in again selecting MPS as our Simulator supplier were Low cost of ownership, exceptional reliability and the high levels of training fidelity offered by MPS products."
43 AIR SCHOOL CEO AND PTC PARTNER - ATTIE NIEMANN
“According to "2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook”, the global demand for civil aviation pilots will be 617,000 from 2016 to 2035 among which there will be 248,000 in the Asia-Pacific region alone.
At 43 Air School and PTC Aviation we always knew we had the right combination of people, skills, facilities and passion to deliver world-class airline training through all the facets and challenges it presents in our part as well as the rest of the world. We also knew that we needed the right equipment. Now that we have the correct equipment, facility and am able to supply the full offering on airline leading, narrow body-types, we are class leaders in every aspect.
Our customers come from all over the globe and are extremely pleased with the quality and value that PTC deliver.
We wish PTC Aviation the best with this latest acquisition and look forward to shortly delivering the first Airbus qualified candidates to the industry”.
MPS’ PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER DICK VERBURG
“We are extremely happy that PTC has ordered another simulator from MPS. This emphasises their trust in the quality of our products. We are pleased that PTC can now further expand their training capabilities and can provide training on both an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 737 device. We look forward to continue to contribute to the high quality training that PTC offers on our devices.”
FSC orders an A320 simulator with MPS
Groenekan, The Netherlands, January 23rd, 2017
FSC placed an order for a second FTD and has entered into a definitive agreement with MPS for the delivery of an AIRBUS A320 FTD Fixed Base Simulator. Part of the agreement is an option to convert the simulator into an AIRBUS A320 NEO configuration in due time.
The device will be equipped with a 200 x 40 FOV Collimated Visual System and delivered in March of this year, to be installed in FSC’s premises which is conveniently situated at one of the world’s best connected main airports: Amsterdam Airport.
In addition to the acquisition of the simulator, FSC and MPS will continue to cooperate in the development and implementation of smart training solutions, which can ultimately become available to other MPS users.
FSC’s Managing Director Perry Roolvink “To further enhance the total value offering to our customers this follow up order for an FTD from MPS for the AIRBUS A320 is in line with the introduction at FSC of high end Fixed Base Simulator equipment to be operated in combination with our fleet of Full Motion Simulators. MPS sets new standards for quality and fidelity with their FTD’s and our AIRBUS A320 FTD will be used in combination with our fleet of AIRBUS A320 Full Motion Simulators resulting in a great value offering to our airline customers, all according to the high quality and safety standards of FSC.”
MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “We are looking forward to expand our partnership with a highly regarded training center like FSC. With this additional order from FSC, we will have both our B737 and A320 FTD’s installed at FSC’s training facilities at Amsterdam Schiphol. This enables us to clearly show the tremendous added value in training of offering an advanced Fixed Base Simulator from MPS in addition to the existing full motion simulators.”
MPS contracted by FSC for B737-NG FTD
Groenekan, The Netherlands, January 10th, 2017
H2 Equity Partners new Investor in MPS
Multi Pilot Simulations BV (MPS) forms partnership with H2 Equity Partners
16 December 2016 - for immediate release
MPS is proud to announce that H2 Equity Partners (H2) made a major investment in the company. H2 will support the existing MPS management team of the fast-growing Fixed Base Simulator manufacturer of the Netherlands in its growth plans. The successful strategy of the company will remain unchanged. H2 replaces amongst others Mainport Innovation Fund as shareholder, who joined MPS in 2011. Together with H2 as a new investor MPS can continue to independently serve the growing aviation training market with its high-end and very competitive Fixed Base Simulators.
Harmen Geerts, Partner H2 Equity Partners: “H2 has been very impressed with the highly innovative products and services of MPS and with its management team. We believe there is an increasing need for professional Fixed Base Simulators to enable the best possible training for the growing number of pilots of jet aircrafts globally. We look forward to supporting Multi Pilot Simulations in its next phase of growth.”
Dick Verburg, President and CEO Multi Pilot Simulations: “We are very excited to have such a professional party as H2 Equity Partners as our new investor. We thank Mainport Innovation Fund for their trust and support in MPS over the last 5 years. I am looking forward to work with H2 and my management team to further grow our simulator business and to continue to contribute to flight training quality and aviation safety.”
About H2 Equity Partners:
H2 Equity Partners, founded in 1991, is an independent investment firm with offices in Amsterdam and London. H2 focuses on medium sized companies with profitable growth potential in the Benelux, the United Kingdom and Germany. H2 offers these companies a combination of capital and active support by the H2 team. H2 has a strong track record in building strong companies with sustainable profitable growth. H2 manages a portfolio of 12 companies, with a turnover of approximately EUR €1.5 billion.
AAG in the Philipinnes orders A320 FTD
The Airbus A320 Fixed Base Simulator
Alpha Aviation Group is continuing its investment into its Philippine platform with the purchase of a state-of-the-art Airbus A320 Fixed Base Simulator, acquired from simulator manufacturer Multi Pilot Simulations.
The multi-million dollar MPS advanced A320 Fixed Base Simulator, the first to be operated in the Southeast Asian region, simulates all the functions found onboard a real A320 aircraft and will offer leading regional airlines an alternative solution to existing training infrastructure.
In recent years, the A320 has become the aircraft of choice for many regional carriers, including AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airlines. The A320 simulator, which will be fully operational and in use from November onwards, will serve as an invaluable training tool for Alpha Aviation Group Philippines’ 240 cadets and airline partners.
The acquisition of the simulator comes at a time of tremendous growth within the Southeast Asian airline industry, with demand for commercial pilots far outstripping supply. Boeing has recently forecast that 617,000 more commercial pilots will be needed globally by 2034, with 248,000 (40%) required across Southeast Asia.
Industry players have been investing in the region for the past couple of years with the most recent opening being the Airbus Training Center in Singapore. Alpha Aviation Group is well positioned to assist the regional airlines in their aggressive expansion plans. The latest investment is a commitment from AAG to continue supporting the regional airline industry.
Alpha Aviation Group’s Regional Director Cristopher Magdangal said: “The acquisition of a new MPS Fixed Base Device is a manifestation of Alpha Aviation Group’s firm commitment to deliver quality training to its customers.”
MPS’ CEO and founder Dick Verburg said: “We are extremely happy to partner with Alpha Aviation Group. MPS believes to be able to contribute to Alpha Aviation’s efforts to train new pilots to the highest quality level.
“This cost-effective yet high-quality device from MPS ensures the highest levels of training and is an important step in the development of MPS activities in Asia.”
Additional info: First in the Philippines fixed base device
For further information www.aag.aero
Patria in Finland orders A320 FTD
NEWS RELEASE - Helsinki, 24.10.2016
Patria invests in a new Airbus Flight Training Device
Patria has ordered from the Dutch manufacturer Multi Pilot Simulations an Airbus A320 Flight Training Device (A320 FNPT-II/MCC and FTD1). The device will be the first one of its kind to be installed in Finland.
Patria is the first training organisation in Finland to initiate pilot training according to the Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) program that integrates basic flight training to type rating training for the Airbus A320 fleet. The newly acquired device will enable the use of modern simulation technology in the training.
“MPL cadets will spend over half of their flight training time in Airbus cockpit environment and therefore will learn the systems of this modern airliner profoundly step by step. This device is a crucial tool to our MPL training,” says Mikko Paronen, Managing Director of Patria Pilot Training.
“The MPS device purchased by Patria is the best possible training tool for authentic learning experience and familiarization to Airbus A320 and its systems. Patria´s MPL training program is good news for Europe´s MPL programs, Patria and us. We are proud to be part of the arrangement, “says Dick Verburg, CEO of Multi Pilot Simulations.
With the new device, Patria will be able to offer sophisticated Jet Operations training. Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) training will also benefit from the real Airbus cockpit environment. Patria will install the device initially in Helsinki. The final location will be at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport, where Patria´s training operations will relocate by early summer 2017.
Patria Pilot Training is a leading European aviation academy that has trained hundreds of commercial pilots since being founded in 1998. Patria Pilot Training is part of the Patria Group, which is a trusted provider of defence, security and aviation life-cycle support services and technology solutions with 2800 professionals.
MPS delivers A320 FTD to Wizz Air
WIZZ AIR OPENS ITS FIXED BASE SIMULATOR IN BUDAPEST
More in-house training facilities for Wizz crew
Budapest, 12 October 2016- Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today celebrated the opening of the new Wizz Air Cockpit Simulator at its Training Center in Budapest.
The A320 aircraft family fixed base simulators supplements Wizz Air's full motion simulator, giving WIZZ more flexibility to ensure its flight crew and cabin crews maintain rigorous training standards. It also allows additional scheduling options to continue to meet the training requirements for Wizz Air's planned growth.
The simulator, an exact replica of the Airbus A320 flight deck, is similar to a full flight simulator without the motion and includes a high quality visual system combined with rumble and audio to provide a realistic flight environment. The device, supplied by MPS, will be used for various A320 family aircraft pilot training activities including type rating training as well as some cabin crew trainings. Similar to the full-motion simulator that was opened in May 2013, the fixed base simulator will also be managed by Flight Simulation Company (FSC), a leading independent Dutch training provider specialized in crew training and training center operations. FSC operates the entire WIZZ training center on Wizz Air's behalf. Located on the Budapest Airport premises, the training center is in easy reach of a workforce of over 2,800 Wizz Air employees.
Diederik Pen, Wizz Air's Chief Operations Officer said: "Today we have reached another important milestone that underlines Wizz Air's world-class training and pilot and cabin crew standards. Wizz Air relies only on the highest operating standards and achieves these by investing in the most advanced new aircraft and best-in-class training facilities as well as by employing the best professionals in their fields. Our fixed base simulator complements the full motion simulator enabling more comprehensive training possibilities for our exeptional workforce. I wish to thank the WIZZ team and our business partners for the hard work they put into making these facilities operational and contributing to the future of WIZZ."
Dick verburg, CEO and Founder of MPS, said: "We are extremely happy to be partnering with Wizz Air. We believe that through the addition of the fixed base simulator to the Training Center, MPS will contribute positively to Wizz Air's impeccable track record in aviation safety. We are pleased that Wizz Air recognizes the value of the MPS simulators and the contribution these devices can make towards providing the highest levels of training whilst maintaining the balance between high quality and cost effectiveness."
Perry Roolvink, FSC's Managing Director, adds to this: "This development perfectly fits in FSC's total service concept, finding tailor-made solutions for our customers, many of whom are already served by us for a coniderable number of years. FSC is delighted to continue the further cooperation between WIZZ and FSC, and sees a fruitful future to further extend our good working relation."
Ryanair supports self-improvement for Pilots
18/08/2016 Most airline pilots approach their annual recurrent training simulator time in a rather apprehensive mood. After all, it’s more about testing than training, isn’t it? That’s the image simulator training still has with line pilots. But imagine if, at no cost to themselves, pilots could book a fully capable flight simulation training device (FSTD) for the type they fly on the line, and practice the skills they know they need to improve, with just a colleague in the other seat, but no instructor, and no Big Brother oversight. The question is: would pilots choose, in reality, to book “private” simulator time, even if it were free of charge? Perhaps they would be tempted when a bi-annual recurrent training session was looming, or if they were preparing for command training.
Ryanair is offering a scheme like this to its pilots, and early trials show it’s popular with the crews who’ve tried it. More of that later. Increasingly, feedback from crew reporting systems and operational flight data monitoring (OFDM) is identifying areas where additional training is needed, but most of these needs are not met by the recurrent training syllabus required by national aviation authorities (NAA), which is based on flying the way it used to be in the pre-digital era.
Despite the fact that good airlines increasingly conduct training based on an Advanced Qualification Programme (AQP), which allows the airline some flexibility to react to evident training needs, there tends to be insufficient time in recurrent training sessions for actual training once all the statutory exercises have been performed to meet the regulator’s requirement for testing. A normal recurrent training session is not so much a case of being trained and then being tested on the skills learned, but of undergoing a test, then calling it training if you pass it. The psychological circumstances of a test – or even a training exercise perceived as a test – are not conducive to learning. As the concept of “evidence-based” – rather than syllabus-based – training becomes the recommended philosophy for recurrent training, the airlines are still jammed between the rock of the mandatory recurrent syllabus, and a hard place – namely the mounting cost of additional evidence-based training that goes well beyond the legal minimums.
Good airlines already go beyond the training minimums, but most just do what the law requires and stop there. Ryanair already beats the minima, but is now extending that advantage by bringing on-stream a planned nine additional advanced fixed-base – but sophisticated – FSTDs beyond those needed to cope with growth. These will be used for a combination of type-rating, remedial and voluntary additional training, effectively adding a full day to the annual total of recurrent training simulator time available to all pilots. Ryanair already has three of these devices – made by Utrecht-based Multi-Pilot Simulations – in operation: one at its Dublin HQ and two at its East Midlands, UK training base.
Ryanair’s head of training Capt Andy O’Shea has long wanted to give pilots the opportunity to develop their skills in their own time if they choose to.
Learmount (L) and Capt Andy O’Shea in front of Ryanair’s Dublin training centre, the new Controlled Training simulator from MPS visible through the glass
At the same time the Ryanair investment in the sophisticated equipment has to be justified, and O’Shea was concerned that some pilots might use the kit for experiment, and end up with what he calls a “negative training” experience from a session. So how do you give pilots the freedom to learn – and to consolidate their learning- in the areas they want to work on, but discourage them from barrel-rolling a 737-800 for fun, and at the same time convince them that Big Brother is not watching them? O’Shea’s solution is a compromise. The hint is in the programme’s name: Ryanair Controlled Training.
Sure, the pilots who voluntarily book the simulator time are alone and unwatched in the device. It has a normal instructor operating station (IOS), but it doesn’t have to be manned. When they book the session, the pilots can choose from a menu of “lesson plans” entailing an origin, destination, and flight plan, and they upload it to the simulator when they start the session. Before the pilots start the session they are provided with the instruction they need to operate the simulator, and then with payload and weather data to derive performance figures for the “flight”, and enter these into the FMS as they normally would. Then they go through the normal checks, and “take off” using the standard instrument departure in the flight plan. They just don’t know what else will happen en-route. But things will. If they have trouble with a scenario they are presented with, they can freeze the simulator and discuss it, or try again, but there is a time limit for the sortie, so they have to get on with it.
Sessions are recorded, but O’Shea explains his philosophy: “We have no desire or intention to review each session for video or OFDM events. Our hope is that crews come to the FTD, practice their skills, improve their knowledge and leave feeling good about themselves. So if OFDM exceedences will not trigger the curiosity of the Ryanair training department, what does? Straying outside the Boeing 737 flight envelope freezes the simulator, which then has to be re-set. Of course why that occurs would matter. For example upset prevention training (UPT) is programmed into some lesson plans, but recovery from extreme attitudes is not.
O’Shea says the new system provides an whole array of possibilities for voluntary pilot bookings, including: maintaining handling skills, UPT, left-hand seat practice for prospective captains, RHS practice for prospective instructors, and recurrent simulator training core competencies improvement. But O’Shea says the kit also provides Ryanair with additional flexibility to test corporate safety strategies, carry out new airfield evaluation, assess FMC database updates, and familiarise pilots with new flight crew operating manual procedures. It can also carry out follow-ups for real OFDM events on the line, because the simulator can replay them for crew to experience.
At present Ryanair Controlled Training is new, and there are only five lesson plans on the menu. But there will be many more, promises Capt O’Shea.
The controlled training software is developed by MPS for optional use on its FTSD's
EL AL acquires B737-NG FTD from MPS
EL AL Israel Airlines and MPS have entered into definitive agreements for the delivery of an MPS B737-NG FTD1 Fixed Base Simulator. EL AL operates a substantial Boeing fleet and has an outstanding safety record. The MPS FTD will greatly assist EL AL in their training growth and the ability to further improve the quality of their new pilots. The MPS B737-NG simulator will be installed at the EL AL training facility in Tel Aviv later this year.
Captain Edo Sharon, chief pilot, Director Flight operations: “We are glad to be able to obtain an MPS simulator in our training center. This is the first professional MPS FTD in Israel setting a new standard for training quality in civil aviation: Our investment in the MPS B737-NG FTD marks the beginning of a new era in our use of fixed base simulator technology. The MPS product now defines the standard for build quality and fidelity for FTD’s and El Al anticipates that the MPS device will provide greater opportunities for our pilots to practice their manual handling skills in a relaxed training environment. These MPS simulator’s will be used in a variety of training and operational roles all designed to build on the industry leading safety standards which are the hallmark of El Al’s operation system”.
MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “We are extremely happy to partner with EL AL and to supply an MPS simulator to this impressive airline. MPS believes to be able to contribute to EL AL’s efforts to train new pilots to the highest quality level. We are pleased that a major airline like EL AL is recognizing the value of the MPS simulators in this process. These cost effective yet high quality devices from MPS ensure the highest levels of training.”
Comair contracts MPS for B737 NG FTD
Groenekan, The Netherlands, June 28th, 2016
Comair Limited and Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) have entered into definitive agreements for the delivery of an MPS B737-NG FTD1 Fixed Base Simulator to Comair’s Training Centre (CTC). This FTD will greatly assist Comair in training young pilots.
The MPS B737-NG simulator will be installed at the Comair Training Centre, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this year.
Comair Manager Commercial Operations, Capt. Glen Warden “We are delighted with the addition of the MPS simulator to our Comair Training Centre. This is the first professional MPS FTD in South Africa setting a new standard for training quality in civil aviation, compliant with EASA FSTD certification criteria. Our decision to invest in the MPS B737-NG FTD-1 to augment our Full Flight Simulators (FFS’s) has been based on our philosophy of providing our airline customers with the most realistic training environment possible. We aim to increase productivity in training, whilst optimising our resources in an effort to satisfy our burgeoning training demand. Our training centre is renowned for its high standards and a “no compromise” approach to the training where safety is paramount. The MPS FTD was specifically chosen for its ruggedness, fidelity and reliability thus offering our client base greater flexibility and affordability in training. Unlike typical MCC/JOC devices, the FTD can be utilised not only for basic MCC/JOC tasks and systems orientation, but in addition for legal training credits toward a type rating, instrument rating training and LOFT orientated command preparation.”
MPS’ President and founder, Dick Verburg: “We are extremely happy to be partnering with Comair. Comair has an impeccable track record and we certainly believe that through the addition of the Fixed Base Simulator to the training centre, MPS will contribute positively to efforts in this area of Comair’s business. We are pleased that Comair has recognised the value of the MPS simulators and the contribution these devices can make towards providing the highest levels of training whilst maintaining the balance between high quality and cost effectiveness.”
Comair Limited is a South African aviation and travel company, offering scheduled and non-scheduled airline services within South Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, as its main business. The company operates under its low-fare airline brand, kulula.com, as well as under the British Airways livery, as part of its British Airways Plc. licence agreement. Managed and owned by South Africans through its listing on the JSE, Comair has been operating successfully in this country since 1946. Comair is the only known airline to have achieved operating profits for 69 consecutive years and has a safety record which is internationally recognised.
For more information on Comair, visit www.comair.co.za
DDA experiences unique training possibillities of MPS DC-3 simulator
Groenekan, 24 May 2016
The Dutch Dakota Association (DDA) has been the first operator in the world to have trained their pilots on the new DC-3 simulator of MPS. As a preparation for the upcoming season 7 DDA pilots have strengthened their knowledge and skills by flying the DC-3 simulator between the 17th and 23rd of May. Amongst others they covered starts, landings, engine failures directly after rotation, propeller feathering, IFR procedures and cockpit re-familiarization.
Member of the board and DDA-pilot Lex van Houtert: “Although the DC-3 simulator is not completely finalized yet, the training value is already remarkable. First of all it gives us the opportunity to perfect the cockpit procedures before we actually fly. Secondly we have been given the possibility to simulate and practice emergency scenarios that up to now were impossible to train. For instance an engine failure; the risks are too high to execute this while flying. This simulator provides us an excellent opportunity to practice this in a safe manner.”
MPS CEO and President Dick Verburg: “MPS develops this simulator in cooperation with the DDA to support the continuation of flying DC-3’s. Approximately 300 of these beautiful aircrafts are still flying today and the DC-3 has been very important for the history of aviation. By developing this simulator we have been able to create a realistic and affordable training device. This is in line with our philosophy to develop high standard, cost effective simulators. We are very proud to have had the DDA pilots as our guests and would like to thank them for their essential contribution to further develop the DC-3 simulator.
About the DC-3 simulator “Prince Bernhard”
The DDA and MPS cooperate in developing the DC-3 simulator which is based on a real Dakota cockpit. The aircraft was built in 1945 and the simulator cockpit contains many original components. By using advanced computer and flight models, MPS was able to simulate the original systems. The project has entered its final phase and therefore the official certification by the authorities is near. This simulator will be the first and only fixed base DC-3 simulator in the world and will be stationed in MPS’ facilities in Groenekan, the Netherlands. As a tribute to Prince Bernhard, who has flown the DC-3 on a regular basis, this simulator carries his name.
About the DDA
Since 1982 the DDA is focused to keep the Dakota, as it was named by the English during the Second World War, airworthy. The DDA organizes sightseeing and destination flights for the public in a professional manner. High quality pilot training is an important part of this.
Multi Pilot Simulations BV (MPS) designs and manufactures fixed based, type specific Boeing 737-NG, B737-MAX and Airbus A320, A320-NEO flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), for the professional flight training industry, such as flight schools, type rating organizations and airlines. Dick Verburg, founder of MPS and also founder of European Pilot Selection & Training (EPST), has recently been appointed as Knight (‘Ridder) of the Order of Orange-Nassau by His Majesty the King of The Netherlands for his outstanding contribution to the improvement of aviation training and safety and his internationally acknowledged expertise
For more information and questions please address: MPS, Mr. D. Verburg, tel. 31 34 621 2777 or DDA, Mr. A. van Houtert, tel. 31 20 648 1508
MPS to incorporate ASTi Interface into its FTDs
MPS to incorporate ASTi Interface into its FTD’s
April 20, 2016
Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) of the Netherlands entered into agreement with Advanced Simulation Technology inc. (ASTi) to develop an interface to the ASTi Simulated Environment for Realistic ATC (SERA) for all of its A320 and B737 fixed base simulators. MPS FTD’s will operate seamlessly with SERA, providing a comprehensive communications environment and high-fidelity aural cue sound model.
ASTi’s SERA system provides accurate, real-world Air Traffic Control (ATC) using unique, realistic "human" voices to teach students proper terminology and interaction with synthetic controllers. Updates to the SERA control interface allow students to select and run predefined training scenarios through intuitive, web-based control pages. As a result, instructors no longer need to role-play air traffic control calls, and can concentrate on the training focus throughout each simulator session.
MPS builds simulators, which are exact replicas of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 flight deck. The simulators are based on the needs of flight training organizations and airlines for affordable, high quality devices that are specific for certain classes of jets. MPS delivers its products and services to Authorized and Type Rating Training Organizations, and major airline’s in-house training organizations. MPS has a global installed based of its JAA/ EASA and FAA certified simulators.
ASTi is the leading supplier of communications, automated ATC, and sound systems to the training and simulation industry. ASTi meets FAA, EASA and equivalent Level D qualifications with simulators around the world. Since 1989, ASTi has fielded over 8,400 systems at more than 800 installation sites in the U.S. and 47 other countries.
Advanced Simulation Technology inc.
Knighthood for Dick Verburg
Dick Verburg Decorated as ‘Knight’ of the Order of Orange-Nassau
April 29th, 2016
Dick Verburg, founder of EPST, including its COMPASS selection tool and co-founder, CEO and President of MPS, was appointed as Knight (‘Ridder) of the Order of Orange-Nassau by His Majesty the King of The Netherlands. The royal decoration was presented by mayor Bolsius of Amersfoort, Dick Verburg’s city of residence.
Dick Verburg receives the royal decoration because of his outstanding contribution to the improvement of aviation training and safety and his internationally acknowledged expertise. He is recognized as an authority in the international aviation world. Furthermore, he was honoured because of his pioneering work and remarkable entrepeneurship.
MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “I am very honoured to receive this decoration. It took me completely by surprise. I would like to stress that this decoration was only possible because of the team effort with the employees of the company’s founded by me”.
MPS develops, manufactures and sells fixed-base, type-specific Boeing 737-NG, B737-MAX or Airbus A320, A320-NEO flight training simulators to flight training institutes, type-rating organizations and airlines, worldwide. MPS was incorporated in 2007 by Dick Verburg, previously the founder of European Pilot Training & Selection (‘EPST’).
Wizz Air orders A320 simulator from MPS
For immediate release,
February 22, 2016
Wizz Air Hungary Ltd. and MPS have signed an agreement for the delivery of an MPS A320 FTD Fixed Base Simulator. The device will be delivered in August of this year and will be installed in the Flight Simulation Company flight simulator training center at Budapest Airport. The device will be used for various A320 pilot training activities including part of the type rating training. Some adjustments will be made to this simulator in order to allow some cabin crew training activities. The MPS simulator was selected after a rigorous selection process by Wizz Air.
About the MPS A320 FTD Fixed Base Simulator
MPS builds simulators, which are an exact replica of the Airbus A320 flight deck. An MPS Fixed Base Simulator (FBS) is identical to a full flight simulator without the motion. The high quality visual system combined with rumble and audio provides a sensation of movement. However the total cost for this FBS device is only a fraction of a full flight simulator. Given the quality and the fidelity of the MPS fixed base simulator a large part of the pilot training can be conducted on this device. The low hourly rate allows airlines and flight schools to train their pilots more hours on the simulator without increasing the cost. This way the quality of training can be improved which contributes to flight safety.
Wizz Air Chief Flight Operations Officer, Captain David Morgan: “We are delighted to partner with MPS for the acquisition of this brand new A320 fixed base simulator. It will substantially enhance our existing training capability by augmenting the full motion simulator at our training center in Budapest. Wizz Air has a reputation for its world class training and standards of pilots. This simulator reinforces our commitment to maintaining those high standards whilst delivering the impressive growth of the airline”
MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “We are extremely happy to partner with Wizz Air, a very professional airline with a focus on Eastern Europe. We are pleased that yet another airline is recognizing the value of the MPS simulators and the contribution these devices can make to the provision of the highest levels of training.”
ABOUT WIZZ AIR
Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and currently operates a fleet of 66 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft, offering over 400 routes from 24 bases, connecting 119 destinations across 38 countries. Wizz Air is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker: WIZZ and is included in the FTSE 250 and FTSE All-Share Indices.
MPS develops, manufactures and sells fixed-base, type-specific Boeing 737-NG, B737-MAX or Airbus A320, A320-NEO flight training simulators to flight training institutes, type-rating organizations and airlines, worldwide. MPS was incorporated in 2007 by Dick Verburg, previously the founder of European Pilot Training & Selection (‘EPST’).
Ryanair acquires multiple B737-NG simulators
Ryanair Ltd. and MPS have entered into definitive agreements for the delivery of 3 (three) MPS B737-NG FTD1 Fixed Base Simulators to Ryanair. In addition, parties have agreed on the option to deliver a substantial number of simulators over the next 10 (ten) years as part of Ryanair’s overall pilot training program.
The first device will be delivered in December of this year, to be installed in Dublin. The remaining two simulators will enter service early next year located at Ryanair’s facility at East Midlands Airport. Part of the agreement is an option to supply B737-MAX devices or to convert the installed simulators into B737-MAX configuration.
In addition to the simulators, Ryanair and MPS will cooperate in the development and implementation of new and unique training solutions, which can ultimately become available to other MPS users.
Ryanair Chief Operations Officer Mick Hickey “Our investment in the MPS B737-NG FTD marks the beginning of a new era in our use of fixed base simulator technology. The MPS product now defines the standard for build quality and fidelity for FTD’s and Ryanair anticipates that the MPS device will provide greater opportunities for Ryanair’s pilots to practice their manual handling skills in a relaxed training environment. These MPS simulator’s will be used in a variety of training and operational roles all designed to build on the industry leading safety standards which are the hallmark of the Ryanair operation.”.
MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “We are extremely happy to partner with Ryanair, an airline with an outstanding safety record. We are pleased that a major airline like Ryanair is recognizing the value of the MPS simulators and the contribution these devices can make to the provision of the highest levels of training with the cost effective yet high quality simulators from MPS.”
MPS expands its office and production facilities
Multi Pilot Simulations B.V. (MPS) Expands Its Facility To Handle Growth And Prepare For Future Business
For immediate release,
Jan 2, 2016
Multi Pilot Simulations b.v. (MPS) has expanded its office and development facility as well as the simulator test center. A new 1500 sq.ft software development and Customer service building has been added. MPS also broke ground on an additional production facility which will add another 17000 sq ft to the production space currently available. Total production capacity will almost double and will enable MPS to build up to 40 FBS simulators a year
Front view of the MPS production facility in the Netherlands
Additional final test facilities
In addition to final test facilities, three complete visual systems have been installed. Two “collimated” visual systems and one “direct projection” system cover the three MPS test bays. This ensures that there are always multiple simulators available for test flights.
Set up of multiple simulators for demonstration
MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “With the expansions just realized and the new Hall 4 being ready later this year, MPS can handle the current and future development and production expansion. MPS wants to provide its customers with excellent test facility to accept their simulators. Also our current simulator and service products development require efficient office space for our specialists. We are pleased that we have the local City Counsel support for our expansion plans.”
MPS enters the Australian Market
MPS signed today a supply agreement with Airways Aviation for a state-of-the-art MPS B737 FTD-1 simulator for airline pilot training.
The MPS B737 FTD-1 is the latest in advanced simulator technology for multi-crew, jet orientation and type rating training. The device can also be used for MPL2/3 training.
The simulator will be located at the new Airways Aviation Flight Training Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
The addition of the B737 FTD-1 simulator further expands and refines the training opportunities Airways Aviation is able to provide in Australia, to both the domestic and international market. Operations of the Centaur simulator will commence in early 2016.
DC-3 Inauguration at MPS
Thursday 'July 16, 2015 - Anne Cor Groeneveld, founder of DDA Classic Airlines, unveiled the world's first professional DC-3 simulator today at the MPS’ factory in The Netherlands. The realization of the simulator was made possible thanks to an initiative of MPS-founder Dick Verburg. He was able to acquire the cockpit of an original DC-3. After a few years of hard work by MPS engineers the simulator is ready. Because the cockpit is an exact copy of a real DC-3, pilots can be trained on this simulator. MPS is working closely with EASA to obtain approval for the simulator as a "Flight Training Device-2(FTD-2). When approved, crews from the estimated three hundred operational DC-3/C-47s can be trained on this simulator.
Czech CATC acquires an MPS simulator
CATC is purchasing an MPS fixed base simulator model Centaur
CATC CEO Jan Janik signed an agreement with manufacturer Multi Pilot Simulations BV to purchase a new fixed base simulator (MPS model Centaur) in the beginning of May 2015.
The simulator will be certified as a FTD level 1 according to the newest CS-FSTD standard of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). CATC plans to use it for Multi Crew Cooperation training (MCC), Type Rating for B737 300-900 and for premium ab-initio training Multi Crew Pilot Licence (MPL).
The simulator will be delivered before the end of 2015 and training will begin as soon as necessary certification will be completed. CATC believes that new simulator will extend their operating capacity, improve effectivity and lower the price of pilot training.
Structural redesign of Pilot training
Article added: 16/06/2015
Pilots losing flight skills due to overuse of automation has become an increasing industry concern. Recent aircraft accidents have been attributed to pilots’ inability to manage their aircraft in manual flight resulting from unexpected changes in automation and loss of situation awareness. While aviation experts have associated these accidents to diminished stick and rudder skills, due to overuse of automation, the problem may be attributed to how pilots are trained in automated aircraft. Lack of understanding more than flight skill loss could be the problem. While the Federal Aviation Administration has encouraged pilots to hand fly to improve skills, limited opportunities for manual flight exist in the current international environment, with potentially less opportunities in the future due to NextGen compliance. To prevent future catastrophic events during this transitional period, a critical view of pilot training will identify how airlines could train pilots in modern day aircraft to maximize safety. The benefit of computer based training to teach operating procedures, fixed based simulators versus level D full flight simulators, redesigning training programs to improve pilots’ understanding through cognitive load theory, and the power of repetition will be addressed.
• Automation Safety Article.pdf
MPS visit of the King's Commissioner
Article added: 01/12/2014
Innovation doesn’t go unnoticed. MPS received a request to show the latest technical developments to regional politicians. On November 26th 2014 MPS hosted a delegation of politicians in their Dutch factory. The King’s commissioner of the province of Utrecht, Mr. van Beek, and the mayor of de Bilt, Mr. Gerritsen, together with aldermen and politicians of the county visited MPS in Groenekan. After a presentation and tour of the factory, members of the delegation flew in both the Airbus A320 and B737 simulators. Landing both types of jets in different weather conditions illustrated what a powerful tool these devices are for flight training.
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MPS A320 simulators obtains EASA FTD approval
Article added: 28/05/2013
Groenekan, The Netherlands, 27 May 2013 ,--- Today Multi Pilot Simulations B.V (MPS), the innovative Dutch manufacturer of simulators, celebrates their first Airbus A320 fixed based simulator qualification to FNPT II MCC and FTD level as per EASA FSTD regulations. After the Boeing 737NG this is the second popular aircraft type for which MPS is able to deliver a full range of fixed based simulators with FNPT II MCC or FTD level EASA qualifications.
For more information, please read the attached .pdf
• A320 Press Release 27may2013 v1 .pdf
MPS promotional video
Article added: 10/04/2013
See the latest MPS promotional video featuring a look in our factory, assembly and our Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 simulators in training action!
MPS in Leonardo Times article
Article added: 25/01/2013
MPS was visited by a delegation of the Leonardo Times, the society of Aerospace Engineering Students 'Leonardo da Vinci'.
Enclosed you can read the article published in Leonardo Times of December 2012.
• Article Leonardo Times_December 2012.PDF
MPS in GAPAN News article
Article added: 10/12/2012
A GAPAN delegation visited MPS on 11 September 2012.
To read the article please open the enclosed .PDF.
• Article GAPAN News December 2012.PDF
MPS and EPST in CAT Magazine article
Article added: 30/10/2012
MPS was visited by Mr Chris Long of CAT Magazine in September 2012. Enclosed you can read the article published in CAT Magazine issue 05-2012.
• CAT magazine november 2012.pdf
MPS delivers first Airbus A320 simulator
Article added: 13/11/2012
Groenekan, The Netherlands, 12 November 2012. Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) has delivered their first Airbus A320 fixed base simulator to European Pilot Selection and Training (EPST), Utrecht.
For more information, please read the enclosed pdf.
• Press Release A320 EPST 12 nov 2012.pdf
Mainport Innovation Fund invests in MPS
Article added: 05/01/2012
Mainport Innovation Fund invests in innovative Dutch simulator manufacturer Multi Pilot Simulations B.V.
Thursday August 4th, 2011
Mainport Innovation Fund (MIF), a collective investment fund of KLM, Schiphol Group, Technology University of Delft and Rabobank, will invest in Multi Pilot Simulations B.V. ("MPS"). MPS develops and manufactures flight simulators and is based in Groenekan (Utrecht), The Netherlands.
To read more, please download the attached PDF press release.