Jun/30/07 05:20 Filed in: Diamond
The first and so far only DA42 FTD (Flight Training Device) located in the USA has now been certified by the FAA. This Level 5 FTD is located at Europe-American Aviation, a Diamond Brilliance Flight Center in Naples, Florida.
The simulator with a real copy of a DA42 cockpit is manufactured by Diamond Simulation and completes Europe-Americans entire fleet of Diamond Aircraft. The certification was an important step to offer a more flexible and effective training to the students. Implementing a Flight Training Device into the flight instruction gives a lot of advantages to the customers. In this kind of environment a student trains much better then in just a generic one-size-fits-all cockpit. He can master the basics and more importantly train for unusual and dangerous emergency situations. This leads to higher motivation and subsequently to better training results. In addition, as weather is no longer a factor and down time for maintenance is negligible, the training is much more flexible.
Europe-American Aviation notices a remarkable trend for more Multi Engine Training since they became the worldwide first Diamond Brilliance Flight Center in June 2006. “Compared to the last year, I have given more than double the instruction time for Multi Engine training versus that of Single Engine Training” states Bruce Batelaan, Chief Flight Instructor at Europe-American Aviation who also holds a title as Master CFI. Due to the increased demand of Multi Engine Training, Europe-American Aviation just recently enlarged their fleet by adding a third Diamond DA42 Twin Star, in addition to their fleet of 10 Diamond Single engine aircraft!