PC-24 TRAINING AT FLIGHTSAFETY
Pilatus chose FlightSafety International as the training provider for the PC-24 type rating. The initial typerating course runs 18 days and uses FlightSafety’s Operational Day Flow concept. It puts pilots in a virtual cockpit from day one, using desktop trainers that help teach the operations and systems of the airplane through flight scenarios. Pilots transition to a graphical flight simulator — a full graphical representation of the airplane that serves as a cockpit and systems trainer.
The most realistic training happens in the full-motion level-D qualified simulator, which teaches pilots to fly the airplane and get prepared for scenarios that would be too dangerous to practice in the airplane, such as a catastrophic engine failures on takeoff. The PC-24 automatically provides 50 pounds of rudder pressure into the failed engine, though a lopsided workout is still required to keep the airplane flying.
FlightSafety offers the PC-24 program at its training facility in Dallas. A second level-D simulator is in construction at FlightSafety’s manufacturing facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will go to the FlightSafety Learning Center in Paris, which is expected to start offering the PC-24 type-rating program by the end of next year.