Internationally Approved Training Organization
Simuflight has recently moved into new premises at 18 Suni Avenue, Corporate Park South in Midrand. Simuflight was launched in 2003 and is now an Internationally Approved Training Organization. Offering comprehensive integrated training at airline standards through simulator based flight training, Simuflight has become a first choice training destination for many individuals and operators.
Simuflight therefore now provides advanced training for a multitude of students from across the globe and holds approvals from many Civil Aviation Authorities.
Our vision is to make a significant contribution to flight standards and flight safety not only in South Africa but also in Africa as a whole.
Our dedicated and passionate staff, high standards and airline quality instructors assures service excellence to each and every student.
Simuflight specializes in Beechcraft King Air 1900, 200 and Cessna Caravan C208 initial type ratings, and has recently added the Boeing 737 to its list.
We also offer Operator Proficiency Checks / IF Revalidations, Command Upgrade Courses, Foreign License validations and conversions as well as advanced training using our own state of the art SA CAA approved type specific simulators. Our SA CAA Approved C-208 is the only C208 type specific fixed base FTD simulator of its kind in Africa. Simuflight offers integrated Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 conversions by using a combination of both our in house 1900 Fixed Base FTD and the Flight Safety Full Motion 1900D Level D device.
The company history goes back to 1992
The goal from the outset was twofold, namely:
- To develop and establish the technological and engineering expertise and capability required to undertake local simulator development and manufacture in South Africa.
- To establish a regional training infrastructure for advanced simulator flight crew training based on fixed base, high fidelity, simulators equipped with out of the cockpit visual systems featuring detailed South African, African and World navigation and visual scenery databases.
With these goals set, the first range of basic IF procedural trainers was brought to the South African market and approved by the then South African Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in 1995. These were single pilot aviation training devices, complying to the DCA technical standards of the day.
A number of years of intensive research and development followed, leading to the production and delivery to Namibia of the first type specific Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD), a FNPT II with single channel visuals for the Reims F406 Caravan II in 2002.
Two years and more research and development brought further enhancements in fidelity, the potential for multi-channel visual systems and better and more complete aircraft type specific systems simulation and emulation.
The first of this breed of Flight Training Devices (FSTD’s), a Beechjet 400 FSTD, was delivered in mid 2005. Short on its heels followed a Bell Jet Ranger FSTD with 3 channel visual system in early 2006.
Later in 2006 these were complemented by the delivery of a Beech 1900D/200 FNPT II MCC to the Port Elizabeth campus of Airline Pilot Training Academy (APTRAC)/Simuflight and the commissioning of a second Beech 1900D/200 at the Simuflight Grand Central training facility. All FSTD’s were by then equipped with 3 channel wrap around (140 degree horizontal field of view) visual systems. These featured a worldwide database and a detailed South African navigation and visual scenery database, containing amongst others most airports in South Africa. Further FSTD’s for turbine and piston powered aircraft were developed and delivered in the ensuing years. Evolving enhancements incorporated into these devices included Dynamic Control Loading, 5 Channel (260 degrees horizontal field of view) image generators and automated QTG’s.
To make a significant contribution to flight standards and flight safety within the aviation industry in Southern Africa and Africa as a whole, thereby enabling the region to become more self sufficient and ultimately to also play an important world contributor role in these fields.
The vision and business objectives will be fulfilled through the utilization of existing and expanded capabilities to:
- Place technologically advanced simulation equipment and offer training programs to aviation in the region
- Be involved in the process of the development and presentation of flight training curricula
- Be an active part of the development, implementation and management of the professional aviation training sector
- Become an integral part of an aviation awareness drive to enhance and develop the perception of aviation as a professional career