New market entrant Aero Strategies Group (ASG), based out of Raleigh, North Carolina has chosen New Zealand manufacturer Pacific Simulators (PacSim) as their first Flight Training Device supplier. ASG is a pilot training center focused on bridging the flight training/proficiency gaps faced by flight crews and operators within the industry.
PacSim will supply one of their ProJet PS4.5 FTD’s which is ideal for this type of application. The PS4.5 FTD is a fully enclosed cockpit based on the Boeing 737NG. Utilising state of the art ProSim737 avionics software and made from an original Boeing cockpit and flight controls the PacSim FTD provides all the systems required to deliver an accurate and high-level training outcome.
ASG’s President and Managing Director, Tom Armstrong, himself a Boeing Captain expressed excitement over his new business and the FTD, “Over the last several years I recognized an increasing demand for both supplemental and qualification flight training utilizing advanced flight simulation devices. Over the past 18 months, with Covid, this has increased even more, so late last year I made the decision to build a training center to cater to this market.”
“I spent a lot of time performing due diligence with various products and companies and PacSim came out well ahead. After testing their device, I have to say I was actually surprised at the level of quality and functionality. Having been used to doing nearly all my training in Full Flight Simulators, it was far higher than I expected for any FTD. In the end the choice was easy!”
PacSim’s ProJect FTD on final approach.
Iain Pero, Sales Director at PacSim was encouraged by ASG’s outlook for the future, “It’s been a really tough year at all levels for the aviation sector, so to see someone like Tom launching a new training center whilst the pandemic is still raging in many parts of the world is pretty gutsy. I take my hat off to him and we are pleased he chose PacSim as his simulator partner.”
Delivery is planned for August 2021.