Flight training devices (FTD) have 10 touch screens which simulate the airplane´s control units and accessories for all kinds of aircrafts. This device is essential to control the training environment and to monitor all the aspects of the crew´s performance in the simulator such as their adaptation to the cabin or a change from Boeing to Airbus equipment. This applies to all kinds of aircrafts regardless of the manufacturer.
FTDs are key tools to complement and complete training sessions not only for airlines but also for flying schools with students who are transitioning from single-engine to twin-engine aircrafts and therefore to glass cabins which are found in all new generation aircrafts.
These simulators are extremely valuable for both pilot training and airlines. One of their main features is cost reduction with FTD's having succeeded in reducing over 20% of the cost of fixed training that were used in an FFS as its complex technology proved to be very expensive.
So, an FTD offers the same features as a Full Flight Simulator but it includes an emulation of the airplane by means of touch screens inside the cabin. For airlines, this translates into a 40% cost reduction per hour. Best of all, FTDs can be certified by the national authorities in each country therefore every training hour is recorded as valid and consequently certified by the competent authority.
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