As the first PC-based flight simulation providers, ELITE Simulation Solutions AG has enjoyed a fascinating history over the past 35 years since its launch. With our expert, Rene Huddlestone, who proudly represents ELITE for over 26 years we’ve outlined how this swiss-based, the family business has grown into one of the leaders in the aviation simulation market. The Beginning ELITE Simulation Solutions AG was founded by a group of experts in the field of computer simulation, who saw the potential for using simulations to model complex systems and help organizations make more informed decisions. From its earliest days, the company focused on developing advanced software tools and services that could help customers in a variety of industries leverage the power of simulation. ELITE’s story begins in 1987 when Thomas Bolli, at the time Swissair Captain and later the head of Lufthansa Aviation Training Switzerland – SWISS, Joerg Rickli who is still the co-owner to date and Professor Dr. Marti, former Professor of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology opened their first office in Zurich, Switzerland. The three of them founded the company, calling their newest venture: Initiative Computing AG. The first product was called ELITE which stood for Electronic Instrument Training Environment in 1995 inspired the...Read More
Aviation safety increased through the use of flight simulators Introduction Flight simulators are a great tool for learning how to fly professionally and safely. In a persuasive tone: As you may already be aware, aviation is one of the most heavily regulated industries in existence. This isn’t just because it’s inherently dangerous—it’s also because aviation safety has increased through the use of flight simulators. In fact, simulator training allows pilots to practice in a safe environment before they fly in real conditions. This means that by using a simulator before you get into an aircraft, you’ll be able to learn from your mistakes without endangering yourself or anyone else on board! And as an added bonus? Simulator training can actually help increase your chances for success after graduation – so if this sounds like something that interests you then read on! Aircraft simulators provide the ideal environment for pilots to improve their skills and become more effective, increasing aviation safety. Aircraft simulators are used to train pilots, test pilots and train and test pilots. When a pilot wishes to become certified as an airline pilot, they must pass a safety check in order to be allowed on the plane. They...Read More
Which type of Fix-Wing Simulator do I need? Here is a guide made especially for you to help you choose the best suitable simulator matching your needs and requirements. Flight simulators have assimilated a huge amount of interest in the past years and have proven to be worthy investments in flight training organizations. During the pandemic years, as many planes were grounded, flight simulators were regarded as “safe working zones” for both students and instructors. A simulator is nowadays considered a “must have” for a FTO (Flight Training Organization). Potential new students will almost always opt for the school that runs a simulator, so you are at the right place here. Beneath you will find concise and necessary pieces of information for each simulator type to help you purchase the “perfect match”! AATD Terminology: (AATD) Advanced Aviation Training Device An AATD will help you with following aviation licence requirements: General familiarization into general piloting concepts 5 Hrs towards the Private pilot’s licence As much as 20 Hrs towards the Instrument licence And even as much as 50 Hrs torwards the Commercial pilot’s licence Maintain necessary currency checks Let’s look in detail at the maximum credits available: FAA APPROVED ADVANCED ATD...Read More
The diverse and important impact of (flight) simulators in the fields of research, ATC training and other non-aeronautical fields by Aviation Journalist Stephan Mark Stirnimann For 30+ years ELITE has provided devices for flight schools worldwide with a lasting impact and a proven success story. The benefits of our world-renowned simulators for flight schools and other flight training or operating organizations are clear to both students and professional pilots. That is why we are the top address when finding a tailor-made simulator – built to satisfy the customer. So let us focus in this article on the role a simulator has in other fields of research such as at Universities (A) and higher education institutions, as well as the Air Traffic Control (B) departments and even the combination of «medicine with machine» using simulators as a therapeutic way (C) to cure human illnesses, including traumatic phobias. Simulators and their increasing role in Universities and other educational institutions (A) Undergraduate and postgraduate Aeronautics and Astronautics students are being trained to observe the important role of aircraft design and its influence on handling of an aircraft. Most Universities set the focus in the first year of the degree on design,...Read More
In a World that benefits from practical experience, when it comes to air safety, time spent training in uncomfortable situations is the only way to step up from novice level into being taken seriously up in the air. Within the safety net of a simulator, students have the ability to prepare for the conditions of a flight; the view, the motion, and the controls, making for a risk-free environment in which a beginner pilot can learn, and excel. Through mimicking the ‘real life flight’ feeling, we eradicate risk and we create financially viable options for our next generation of flight leaders! The benefits of incorporating flight simulation training into your early stage development is for us a no-brainer. Here’s why: Safety Novices who learn to fly in a simulator are granted the opportunity to learn standard aviation procedures in a safe environment. Simulators give students the chance to learn and experiment with aircraft controls and flight methods from the safety of being on the ground. There are numerous steps to learn the various flight maneuvers needed to take the next steps in your flying career. We propose-limit the risk and perfect the basics first. Doing that on the ground alleviates...Read More
Zurich, 19/12/2022 South East Technological University (SETU) in Ireland reaches “new heights” as it welcomes the Garmin G1000 flight simulator ELITE Flight Simulation Solutions has recently sold a brand-new Garmin G1000 flight simulator to Irelands prestigious South East Technological University (SETU). SETU offers exceptional learning and collaboration platforms, with the aim of transforming the ambitions of learners, researchers and businesses across Ireland and beyond. The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering has a proud history of achievement over the past 40 years and was even awarded the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) Aviation Academic Education Award. This is exciting news for Irish and international students from the Centre of Aerospace Engineering. “SETU is the only technological university in Ireland to have a Garmin G1000 glass cockpit flight simulator”, said Dr Gerard Gibbs, program director of the Aerospace Engineering course. He believes the custom-built Garmin G1000 flight simulator will be of great benefit to the university. “The addition of the flight simulator will transform the teaching experience for both staff and students”, Dr. Gibbs added. While SETU offers a multitude of fascinating career paths to graduates within the flight industry – such as avionics engineering, mechanical systems engineering, navigation/system test engineering,...Read More
Lien vers l’article: https://www.journal-aviation.com/actualites/46837-elite-simulation-solutions-boutique-hotel-du-simulateur-elargit-son-offre La société suisse ELITE Simulation Solutions, basée à Zürich, conçoit, développe, produit et vend des simulateurs de vol certifiés EASA et FAA depuis 1987. Avec un catalogue de près d’une vingtaine de modèles d’avions et d’hélicoptères, ELITE est en s’adapte aux besoins d’écoles de pilotage et de centres de formation, comme d’industriels ou de compagnies aériennes. ELITE gère en interne la conception, la production mais également le développement de software pour les modèles de vol et les fonctionnalités de ses simulateurs. Ainsi, après avoir lancé son simulateur type A320 et un S311 générique convertible il y a quelques mois, ELITE s’apprête à proposer un simulateur pour former les futurs pilotes d’Airbus H125. Le simulateur de pilotage de H125 sera certifié FNPT II (Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer). Il représente donc un système proche du véritable appareil, permettant de s’entrainer aux procédures et au vol aux instruments dans un environnement immersif. C’est une réplique des systèmes d’Airbus, avec autopilote, NAV 1 COMM, DME…, englobé par un visuel HD sur 200° et un poste instructeur. Comme pour l’ensemble de sa gamme de produits, Elite Simulation Solutions garantit sa certification à ses clients, promesse qui plaît à ses clients...Read More
S311 FNPT II Eco-Flyer sold to Hub’ Air Aviation Academy for its base located in the South of France Hub’ Air Aviation Academy, renowned for its outstanding flight Students program has placed an order for its first ELITE flight simulator device to be delivered and installed at the base in Avignon, in the South of France. The ELITE Evolution S311 FNPT II Eco-Flyer not only saves the Flight Training Organization (FTO) a lot of money, but also a lot of precious space, since its dimensions only measure 3.5 x 3 x 2.5 meters. Needless to say, its “ecological footprint” is far smaller. Francois Brocart, accountable manager at Hub’ Air, is looking forward to operating the new S311 FNPT II ELITE Eco-Flyer and says: «We have searched a long time for a reliable, strong, robust and yet small and very affordable FNPT II to use for our IR training. ELITE has provided us with the necessary package that allows us in turn, to provide high quality training in a very user-friendly way and at reduced costs for our students.” René Huddlestone, Director of Sales & Marketing at ELITE, makes it clear, that the features of the S311 FNPT...Read More
Zurich, Switzerland ELITE Simulation Solutions and ProSim Training Solutions agree on a new A320 type representative FNPT II MCC partnership A powerful collaboration has been established between the two key players in the flight simulator world. ELITE, as a world class simulator manufacturer and ProSim with its unmatched software technology have decided to become partners on the A320 type representative simulation device FNPT II MCC based “on the best of both worlds”, as ELITE Marketing & Sales Director René Huddlestone explains. “These are good times for Airlines, ATO’s, flight schools and universities, as well as simulator centers, because this combined product of ELITE and ProSim is now the most sophisticated A320 type representative simulation device on the market. As a “combo” from both companies, this will be THE reference point for A320 FNPT II and FTD customers world-wide.” Hanne Koole, CEO of ProSim Solutions, says: “We are excited to work with ELITE to provide Swiss Quality Simulators equipped with ProSim software to the flight school market, in which they are one of the global leaders. Moreover, by supplying jet airliner simulators, this will provide an opportunity also for ATOs and airlines to benefit from ELITE’s portfolio of products...Read More
Zurich, Switzerland 17/10/2022 Celebrating a long-standing relationship between ELITE and AVIACOM in India Aviacom has been specializing for 15 years in the fields of aircraft and flight simulator sales, their installation and maintenance support on the Indian subcontinent. Its main customers are civilian and military (air force) operators. The highly qualified specialists at Aviacom are available 24×7 to help customers with advice and technical assistance. Captain Sanjay Kumar, Managing Director at Aviacom puts the business story into words: ‘With innovation in the heart of our company culture, we pioneered the flight simulators in 2007 and became the first company in India to introduce glass cockpit trainer aircraft and flight simulators. Since then, we have been on a successful business journey, creating a future through our best machines for both civil and air force pilots.” At around the same time in 2007 ELITE decided to appoint Aviacom as its sole dealer in India. This business relationship has since then thrived and led to success for both pioneering companies. René Huddlestone, sales manager, is extremely happy and says: „We’ve been delighted to work with Aviacom over the last 15 years and are looking forward to many more productive years ahead...Read More
Zurich, Switzerland 04/10/2022 Novation Academy to be the first ELITE customer in Cambodia Novation Academy, based in Phnom Penh, the busy capital of Cambodia, has recently secured itself a versatile ELITE PI-1000 Professional Flight Training Device. Novation Academy is the first Approved Training Organization (ATO) to offer Commercial Pilot (CPL) and Private Pilot (PPL) training in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Situated in the Central Business District with modern facilities and outstanding resources, Novation Academy offers the opportunity to learn to fly in one of the most advanced flight training academies in South East Asia. Novation Academy was founded by its CEO, Kirill Bratchenko, an IT expert and aviation enthusiast, who has been in Cambodia for 15 years and by his Head of Training / Chief Flight Instructor, Eugene Zakharankau, with 8000 hours total flight time / 6500 hrs as Flight Instructor. The Company’s mission is to become the best Aviation Academy in South East Asia and its aim is to train pilots of the future. “Aviation and innovation” are the two concepts that Novation Academy stands for. By 2025, Novation Academy aims to gain international recognition and reach maximum compliance whilst training 75 to 100 students annually. Kirill Bratchenko is...Read More
Elite, fournisseur de simulateurs de vol certifiés depuis 1987. ELITE (Electronic IFR Training Environment) Simulation Solutions est une société suisse produisant des simulateurs de vol certifiés EASA et FAA depuis 1987. Ainsi, ce ne sont pas moins de 51 pays qui en sont dotés. Nous sommes allés à la rencontre de René Huddleston, directeur Marketing et Ventes au sein d’ELITE Simulation Solutions, afin qu’il nous parle de leurs nouveautés. Pouvez-vous nous présenter ELITE en quelques mots? ELITE Simulation Solutions a été créée en 1987 près de Zürich en Suisse, elle est spécialisée dans la production de simulateurs de vol certifiés EASA, FAA, CASA et DGCA (respectivement autorités de sécurité aérienne européenne, américaine, australienne et indienne). Nous sommes l’une des plus anciennes sociétés dans le domaine et disposons d’une expertise très large dans le domaine de la simulation de vol. Nous avons en effet vendu plus de 450 simulateurs de vol certifiés dans 51 pays. Aussi, nous avons une filiale aux USA, non loin d’Orlando en Floride, et des revendeurs dans une dizaine de pays dont l’Australie, le Royaume-Uni et l’Inde. Quelle est la différence entre les simulateurs de vol ELITE et ceux de la concurrence ? Outre la qualité suisse...Read More
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