PIA acquires A320 flight simulator for pilots training
December 18, 2021 04:38 PM
The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has acquired Airbus A320 flight simulator that will be used for training of 320 pilots, proficiency checks and will reduce the cost of training of pilots.
A simple ceremony of acquiring the flight simulator was held in Islamabad which was attended by UK High Commissioner in Pakistan Christian Turner, regional director of L3 company and secretary aviation.
The PIA had signed an agreement with L-3 UK Ltd to provide an A320 flight simulator for pilots’ training. Currently the national flag carrier operates 11 Airbus A 320 aircraft, while that number of A320 aircraft is expected to increase to 15 by April 2022.
The usage of a simulator for Pakistani airline pilots would result in safer training and cost savings for the operators, as the airlines had to spend a significant amount of foreign currency to get their pilots trained overseas.
When a pilot was sent abroad for training, a representative from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) accompanied him, which cost the airline extra.
However, after the acquisition of a simulator by the airline, it will be able to save a large amount of money.
The multimillion-dollar of A320 simulator will also assist the PIA in imparting training to pilots from other countries. It is most likely to be installed at PIA’s training centre Jinnah International Airport.