|Quoting Jetlagged (Reply 7):|
Light jet and business jet sims are a specialist area. Sim data is not available from the aircraft manufacturer in the same way it is for airliners. Companies like FlightSafety and Simuflite (now owned by CAE) specialise in this market. They obtain their own data and recoup the investment by selling time to operators.
I have to disagree with you on this, today as far as I know all bizjet manufacturers have contracts to provide flight and mechanic training with either Flight Safety or CAE
when purchasing an airplane from the manufacturer. Today’s simulators are so sophisticated that even type rating can be done in the simulator itself with just a flight check to make it legal. To do this the training center has to work with the aircraft manufacturer to obtain all the data so the flight simulator computers can be programmed to control the simulator to the same level as if the pilots were in the actual airplane.
When you purchase an airplane from a manufacturer, the contract will include training for 2 or 3 pilots and 1 to 2 mechanics, Years ago the manufacturer provided all this training, today it is contracted out and part of the sales agreement.
Back when I received my initial training on the Lockheed JetStar in the early 1970’s, my company still had 1 mechanic and pilots training slot left from the sales contract, so I went through mechanic and flight training right at the Lockheed plant in Marietta GA
. I did all refresher flight training at Flight Safety who had only one location back then, at the Marine Air Terminal in LGA
, where I also did my initial training on the Grumman Gulfstream 1. It was a lot cheaper for my company to send all the pilots to FSI at LGA
for refresher training where we could just commute in every day from home as opposed to sending us back to Georgia.