The CL-415 Simulator – A Safer Training Environment
In December of 2018 TRU Simulation + Training obtained EASA Level D Certification for its newest development, the CL-415 Full Flight Simulator. The unit is located at Ansett Aviation’s Training Center in Milano, Italy and busy with training future CL-415 crews while providing currency and re-currency training for existing crews.
Recently increasing wild fire emergencies in Europe and the western U.S. have increased the need for aerial firefighting aircraft and pilots. The Viking CL-415 is the traditional player in the field and has provided much needed support to those who deal with those fires. Greece, Italy and Spain currently hold the biggest fleet sizes anywhere in the world with 164 units on the line and ready to go in case of disaster.
Getting pilots up to speed on their procedures and flying skills historically required training on the job while fighting actual fires, a rather hazardous undertaking, considering the level of complexity and stress on the crews in these conditions. Simulators offer a multitude of benefits, starting with reduced costs, increased safety and the ability to provide a higher quality of training in one- on- one settings, which allow to pause and discuss errors or improving techniques.
Besides the difficult task of properly simulating the dynamics of water, the simulator allows for the simulation of four different shapes, intensities and levels/ ranks of fire and further permits the practicing of water-scooping, landings and takeoffs as well as taxiing. TRU Simulation + Training had announced the Level D Sim which was created for Twin Otter pilots just a year ago and for us here at Seaplanemagazine.com it’s refreshing to see the product lineup progressing more solidly into the seaplane world.