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Ryanair orders 10 additional FBS Devices from MPS

Groenekan, The Netherlands, February 24th, 2017

Ryanair Ltd. has ordered ten (10) additional B737 NG Fixed Base Simulators from MPS. This order comes after the successful completion of a 1-year trial of three MPS simulators, which have been installed at Ryanair’s training facilities in Dublin and East Midlands. During this trial period these state of the art fixed base devices not only met Ryanair’s rigorous training requirements but were also used for the initial rollout of Ryanair’s unique Controlled Training program which allows pilots to practice their flying skills in a relaxed environment, without the direct supervision of a flight instructor. The additional Fixed Base Simulators from this new order will be installed at Ryanair training facilities in Bergamo, Stansted and Madrid and at other locations throughout the base network.

Ryanair Chief Operations Officer Mick Hickey “This order for ten additional fixed base Simulators follows a successful 1 year trial and excellent feedback from our pilot group. The ongoing investment in MPS state of the art high fidelity B737-NG FTD Fixed Base Simulator technology continues Ryanair’s commitment to improve upon its already industry leading pilot training standards. The MPS product sets a new standard in Fixed Base Simulator technology and these simulators will ensure that our pilots continue to have the highest standards of training. These simulators will be used in a variety of training and operational roles including Ryanair’s unique and industry leading Controlled Training program and will complement the training done in our full motion simulators.”

MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “We are excited to receive this additional order from Ryanair. We are proud that our simulators and our service meet the needs of Ryanair. MPS is committed to improve safety through our high quality and cost effective training devices. We are pleased that a major airline like Ryanair is recognizing the value of the MPS simulators and the contribution these devices can make in providing the highest levels of training.”

 

Interview with Dick Verburg

Luchtvaart Nieuws, a leading aviation magazine in the Benelux interviewed MPS' CEO Dick Verburg. The interview can be read here

MPS acquires rights to EPST courseware

Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) acquired the rights to provide EPST (European Pilot Selection & Training) courseware to the users of its simulators. Under a perpetual License Agreement MPS can now offer Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC), Jet Orientation Course (JOC) and Type Rating both on the B737 and the A320 to its customers. All courseware has been developed and successfully applied by EPST for many years. The courseware is EASA approved and will be continuously updated.
 
MPS CEO Dick Verburg: “EPST has been using fixed base simulators in its flight training for many years. Their courseware has been proven to be an essential ingredient in the successful training of pilots. Therefore we are very excited that we agreed with EPST on the terms of using their courses by our customers.”
 
EPST Managing Director Eric Duijkers: “EPST has invested substantial time and resources in optimizing its MCC, JOC and Type Rating courses. All our training courses are EASA approved and were developed around our 4 MPS Fixed Base Simulators. We look forward to share our training knowledge with MPS customers“.

MPS delivers an A320 simulator to PTC

Port Elizabeth, South Africa (24 January 2017)

MPS recently installed an A320 FTD Fixed Base Simulator at the training center of PTC Aviation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  PTC Aviation already successfully operate a Boeing 737 NG simulator that was previously ordered from and installed by MPS, and with this order PTC further expands its training capabilities.
This new device has been certified by the South African CAA and will be used for various A320 training activities including part of A320 type-rating training.
PTC Aviation partners with 43 Air School to deliver airline ready type-rated pilots on both Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 series aircraft for the 43 Air School Jet pilot program. The 43 Air School “Jet Pilot Program” takes private and airline sponsored students from selection to airline type-rating in a cost effective, 18 month integrated program.
The 43 Air School Jet Pilot Program is the only offering of this type on the African continent.

PTC HEAD OF TRAINING – CAPTAIN WAYNE WESTOBY
"PTC Aviation are delighted to receive our MPS EASA FTD Level 1 type specific A320 FSTD.
As a leading South African TRTO with a products focused on Next Generation Airline Training Solutions and the development of initial type rated “Line Ready” airline pilots, the recent South African CAA approval of our new A320 together with our MPS B737-800 FSTD completes the training capabilities of PTC on Boeing and Airbus entry level products.
The operational successes of our established B737-800 Airline Pilot Preparation Program (APPP) will now be expanded to a A320 platform through the introduction of our new Airbus A320 Airline Pilot Preparation Program (APPP).
Key drivers in again selecting MPS as our Simulator supplier were Low cost of ownership, exceptional reliability and the high levels of training fidelity offered by MPS products."

43 AIR SCHOOL CEO AND PTC PARTNER - ATTIE NIEMANN
“According to "2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook”, the global demand for civil aviation pilots will be 617,000 from 2016 to 2035 among which there will be 248,000 in the Asia-Pacific region alone.
At 43 Air School and PTC Aviation we always knew we had the right combination of people, skills, facilities and passion to deliver world-class airline training through all the facets and challenges it presents in our part as well as the rest of the world.  We also knew that we needed the right equipment.  Now that we have the correct equipment, facility and am able to supply the full offering on airline leading, narrow body-types, we are class leaders in every aspect.
Our customers come from all over the globe and are extremely pleased with the quality and value that PTC deliver.
We wish PTC Aviation the best with this latest acquisition and look forward to shortly delivering the first Airbus qualified candidates to the industry”.

MPS’ PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER DICK VERBURG
“We are extremely happy that PTC has ordered another simulator from MPS.  This emphasises their trust in the quality of our products.  We are pleased that PTC can now further expand their training capabilities and can provide training on both an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 737 device.  We look forward to continue to contribute to the high quality training that PTC offers on our devices.”

FSC orders an A320 simulator with MPS

Groenekan, The Netherlands, January 23rd, 2017

FSC placed an order for a second FTD and has entered into a definitive agreement with MPS for the delivery of an AIRBUS A320 FTD Fixed Base Simulator. Part of the agreement is an option to convert the simulator into an AIRBUS A320 NEO configuration in due time.

The device will be equipped with a 200 x 40 FOV Collimated Visual System and delivered in March of this year, to be installed in FSC’s premises which is conveniently situated at one of the world’s best connected main airports: Amsterdam Airport.

In addition to the acquisition of the simulator, FSC and MPS will continue to cooperate in the development and implementation of smart training solutions, which can ultimately become available to other MPS users.

FSC’s Managing Director Perry Roolvink “To further enhance the total value offering to our customers this follow up order for an FTD from MPS for the AIRBUS A320 is in line with the introduction at FSC of high end Fixed Base Simulator equipment to be operated in combination with our fleet of Full Motion Simulators. MPS sets new standards for quality and fidelity with their FTD’s and our AIRBUS A320 FTD will be used in combination with our fleet of AIRBUS A320 Full Motion Simulators resulting in a great value offering to our airline customers, all according to the high quality and safety standards of FSC.”

MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “We are looking forward to expand our partnership with a highly regarded training center like FSC. With this additional order from FSC, we will have both our B737 and A320 FTD’s installed at FSC’s training facilities at Amsterdam Schiphol. This enables us to clearly show the tremendous added value in training of offering an advanced Fixed Base Simulator from MPS in addition to the existing full motion simulators.”

MPS contracted by FSC for B737-NG FTD

Groenekan, The Netherlands, January 10th, 2017

FSC and MPS have entered into a definitive agreement for the delivery of an MPS B737-NG FTD Fixed Base Simulator to FSC at Amsterdam Airport.

The device will be equipped with a 200 x 40 FOV Collimated Visual System and delivered in March of this year, to be installed in FSC’s premises which is conveniently situated at one of the world’s best connected main airports: Amsterdam Airport. Part of the agreement is an option to convert the installed simulator into B737-MAX configuration in due time.

In addition to the acquisition of the simulator, FSC and MPS will continue to cooperate in the development and implementation of smart training solutions, which can ultimately become available to other MPS users.

FSC’s Managing Director Perry Roolvink “To further enhance the total value offering to our customers this first order for an FTD from MPS for the B737-NG marks the introduction at FSC of Fixed Base Simulator equipment to be operated in combination with our fleet of Full Motion Simulators. This provides great opportunities for our customers to practice their manual handling skills and systems knowledge in a realistic training environment. MPS sets new standards for quality and fidelity with their FTD’s and our B737-NG FTD will be used in a variety of training roles and in combination with our Full Motion Simulators, all according the high quality and safety standards of FSC.”

MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “We are looking forward to partner with a highly regarded training center like FSC. In this set-up, we are able to clearly show the tremendous added value in training of offering an advanced Fixed Base Simulator from MPS in addition to the existing full motion simulators.”

H2 Equity Partners new Investor in MPS

Multi Pilot Simulations BV (MPS) forms partnership with H2 Equity Partners

16 December 2016 - for immediate release

MPS is proud to announce that H2 Equity Partners (H2) made a major investment in the company. H2 will support the existing MPS management team of the fast-growing Fixed Base Simulator manufacturer of the Netherlands in its growth plans. The successful strategy of the company will remain unchanged. H2 replaces amongst others Mainport Innovation Fund as shareholder, who joined MPS in 2011. Together with H2 as a new investor MPS can continue to independently serve the growing aviation training market with its high-end and very competitive Fixed Base Simulators.

Harmen Geerts, Partner H2 Equity Partners: “H2 has been very impressed with the highly innovative products and services of MPS and with its management team. We believe there is an increasing need for professional Fixed Base Simulators to enable the best possible training for the growing number of pilots of jet aircrafts globally. We look forward to supporting Multi Pilot Simulations in its next phase of growth.”

Dick Verburg, President and CEO Multi Pilot Simulations: “We are very excited to have such a professional party as H2 Equity Partners as our new investor. We thank Mainport Innovation Fund for their trust and support in MPS over the last 5 years. I am looking forward to work with H2 and my management team to further grow our simulator business and to continue to contribute to flight training quality and aviation safety.”

About H2 Equity Partners:

H2 Equity Partners, founded in 1991, is an independent investment firm with offices in Amsterdam and London. H2 focuses on medium sized companies with profitable growth potential in the Benelux, the United Kingdom and Germany. H2 offers these companies a combination of capital and active support by the H2 team. H2 has a strong track record in building strong companies with sustainable profitable growth. H2 manages a portfolio of 12 companies, with a turnover of approximately EUR €1.5 billion.

 

AAG in the Philipinnes orders A320 FTD

The Airbus A320 Fixed Base Simulator

Alpha Aviation Group is continuing its investment into its Philippine platform with the purchase of a state-of-the-art Airbus A320 Fixed Base Simulator, acquired from simulator manufacturer Multi Pilot Simulations.

The multi-million dollar MPS advanced A320 Fixed Base Simulator, the first to be operated in the Southeast Asian region, simulates all the functions found onboard a real A320 aircraft and will offer leading regional airlines an alternative solution to existing training infrastructure.

In recent years, the A320 has become the aircraft of choice for many regional carriers, including AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airlines. The A320 simulator, which will be fully operational and in use from November onwards, will serve as an invaluable training tool for Alpha Aviation Group Philippines’ 240 cadets and airline partners.

The acquisition of the simulator comes at a time of tremendous growth within the Southeast Asian airline industry, with demand for commercial pilots far outstripping supply. Boeing has recently forecast that 617,000 more commercial pilots will be needed globally by 2034, with 248,000 (40%) required across Southeast Asia.

Industry players have been investing in the region for the past couple of years with the most recent opening being the Airbus Training Center in Singapore. Alpha Aviation Group is well positioned to assist the regional airlines in their aggressive expansion plans. The latest investment is a commitment from AAG to continue supporting the regional airline industry.

Alpha Aviation Group’s Regional Director Cristopher Magdangal said: “The acquisition of a new MPS Fixed Base Device is a manifestation of Alpha Aviation Group’s firm commitment to deliver quality training to its customers.”

MPS’ CEO and founder Dick Verburg said: “We are extremely happy to partner with Alpha Aviation Group. MPS believes to be able to contribute to Alpha Aviation’s efforts to train new pilots to the highest quality level.

“This cost-effective yet high-quality device from MPS ensures the highest levels of training and is an important step in the development of MPS activities in Asia.”

Additional info: First in the Philippines fixed base device
For further information www.aag.aero

Patria in Finland orders A320 FTD

NEWS RELEASE - Helsinki, 24.10.2016 

Patria invests in a new Airbus Flight Training Device

Patria has ordered from the Dutch manufacturer Multi Pilot Simulations an Airbus A320 Flight Training Device (A320 FNPT-II/MCC and FTD1). The device will be the first one of its kind to be installed in Finland.

Patria is the first training organisation in Finland to initiate pilot training according to the Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) program that integrates basic flight training to type rating training for the Airbus A320 fleet. The newly acquired device will enable the use of modern simulation technology in the training.

“MPL cadets will spend over half of their flight training time in Airbus cockpit environment and therefore will learn the systems of this modern airliner profoundly step by step. This device is a crucial tool to our MPL training,” says Mikko Paronen, Managing Director of Patria Pilot Training.

“The MPS device purchased by Patria is the best possible training tool for authentic learning experience and familiarization to Airbus A320 and its systems. Patria´s MPL training program is good news for Europe´s MPL programs, Patria and us. We are proud to be part of the arrangement, “says Dick Verburg, CEO of Multi Pilot Simulations.

With the new device, Patria will be able to offer sophisticated Jet Operations training. Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) training will also benefit from the real Airbus cockpit environment. Patria will install the device initially in Helsinki. The final location will be at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport, where Patria´s training operations will relocate by early summer 2017.

Patria Pilot Training is a leading European aviation academy that has trained hundreds of commercial pilots since being founded in 1998. Patria Pilot Training is part of the Patria Group, which is a trusted provider of defence, security and aviation life-cycle support services and technology solutions with 2800 professionals.

 

MPS delivers A320 FTD to Wizz Air


WIZZ AIR OPENS ITS FIXED BASE SIMULATOR IN BUDAPEST
More in-house training facilities for Wizz crew

Budapest, 12 October 2016- Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today celebrated the opening of the new Wizz Air Cockpit Simulator at its Training Center in Budapest.

The A320 aircraft family fixed base simulators supplements Wizz Air's full motion simulator, giving WIZZ more flexibility to ensure its flight crew and cabin crews maintain rigorous training standards. It also allows additional scheduling options to continue to meet the training requirements for Wizz Air's planned growth.

The simulator, an exact replica of the Airbus A320 flight deck, is similar to a full flight simulator without the motion and includes a high quality visual system combined with rumble and audio to provide a realistic flight environment. The device, supplied by MPS, will be used for various A320 family aircraft pilot training activities including type rating training as well as some cabin crew trainings. Similar to the full-motion simulator that was opened in May 2013, the fixed base simulator will also be managed by Flight Simulation Company (FSC), a leading independent Dutch training provider specialized in crew training and training center operations. FSC operates the entire WIZZ training center on Wizz Air's behalf. Located on the Budapest Airport premises, the training center is in easy reach of a workforce of over 2,800 Wizz Air employees.

Diederik Pen, Wizz Air's Chief Operations Officer said: "Today we have reached another important milestone that underlines Wizz Air's world-class training and pilot and cabin crew standards. Wizz Air relies only on the highest operating standards and achieves these by investing in the most advanced new aircraft and best-in-class training facilities as well as by employing the best professionals in their fields. Our fixed base simulator complements the full motion simulator enabling more comprehensive training possibilities for our exeptional workforce. I wish to thank the WIZZ team and our business partners for the hard work they put into making these facilities operational and contributing to the future of WIZZ."

Dick verburg, CEO and Founder of MPS, said: "We are extremely happy to be partnering with Wizz Air. We believe that through the addition of the fixed base simulator to the Training Center, MPS will contribute positively to Wizz Air's impeccable track record in aviation safety. We are pleased that Wizz Air recognizes the value of the MPS simulators and the contribution these devices can make towards providing the highest levels of training whilst maintaining the balance between high quality and cost effectiveness."

Perry Roolvink, FSC's Managing Director, adds to this: "This development perfectly fits in FSC's total service concept, finding tailor-made solutions for our customers, many of whom are already served by us for a coniderable number of years. FSC is delighted to continue the further cooperation between WIZZ and FSC, and sees a fruitful future to further extend our good working relation."

Ryanair supports self-improvement for Pilots

18/08/2016  Most airline pilots approach their annual recurrent training simulator time in a rather apprehensive mood. After all, it’s more about testing than training, isn’t it?  That’s the image simulator training still has with line pilots.  But imagine if, at no cost to themselves, pilots could book a fully capable flight simulation training device (FSTD) for the type they fly on the line, and practice the skills they know they need to improve, with just a colleague in the other seat, but no instructor, and no Big Brother oversight. The question is: would pilots choose, in reality, to book “private” simulator time, even if it were free of charge? Perhaps they would be tempted when a bi-annual recurrent training session was looming, or if they were preparing for command training. 

Ryanair is offering a scheme like this to its pilots, and early trials show it’s popular with the crews who’ve tried it. More of that later. Increasingly, feedback from crew reporting systems and operational flight data monitoring (OFDM) is identifying areas where additional training is needed, but most of these needs are not met by the recurrent training syllabus required by national aviation authorities (NAA), which is based on flying the way it used to be in the pre-digital era. 

Despite the fact that good airlines increasingly conduct training based on an Advanced Qualification Programme (AQP), which allows the airline some flexibility to react to evident training needs, there tends to be insufficient time in recurrent training sessions for actual training once all the statutory exercises have been performed to meet the regulator’s requirement for testing. A normal recurrent training session is not so much a case of being trained and then being tested on the skills learned, but of undergoing a test, then calling it training if you pass it. The psychological circumstances of a test – or even a training exercise perceived as a test – are not conducive to learning. As the concept of “evidence-based” – rather than syllabus-based – training becomes the recommended philosophy for recurrent training, the airlines are still jammed between the rock of the mandatory recurrent syllabus, and a hard place – namely the mounting cost of additional evidence-based training that goes well beyond the legal minimums. 

Good airlines already go beyond the training minimums, but most just do what the law requires and stop there. Ryanair already beats the minima, but is now extending that advantage by bringing on-stream a planned nine additional advanced fixed-base – but sophisticated – FSTDs beyond those needed to cope with growth. These will be used for a combination of type-rating, remedial and voluntary additional training, effectively adding a full day to the annual total of recurrent training simulator time available to all pilots. Ryanair already has three of these devices – made by Utrecht-based Multi-Pilot Simulations – in operation: one at its Dublin HQ and two at its East Midlands, UK training base. 

Ryanair’s head of training Capt Andy O’Shea has long wanted to give pilots the opportunity to develop their skills in their own time if they choose to. 

Learmount (L) and Capt Andy O’Shea in front of Ryanair’s Dublin training centre, the new Controlled Training simulator from MPS visible through the glass 

 

At the same time the Ryanair investment in the sophisticated equipment has to be justified, and O’Shea was concerned that some pilots might use the kit for experiment, and end up with what he calls a “negative training” experience from a session. So how do you give pilots the freedom to learn – and to consolidate their learning- in the areas they want to work on, but discourage them from barrel-rolling a 737-800 for fun, and at the same time convince them that Big Brother is not watching them?  O’Shea’s solution is a compromise. The hint is in the programme’s name: Ryanair Controlled Training. 

Sure, the pilots who voluntarily book the simulator time are alone and unwatched in the device. It has a normal instructor operating station (IOS), but it doesn’t have to be manned. When they book the session, the pilots can choose from a menu of “lesson plans” entailing an origin, destination, and flight plan, and they upload it to the simulator when they start the session. Before the pilots start the session they are provided with the instruction they need to operate the simulator, and then with payload and weather data to derive performance figures for the “flight”, and enter these into the FMS as they normally would. Then they go through the normal checks, and “take off” using the standard instrument departure in the flight plan. They just don’t know what else will happen en-route. But things will.  If they have trouble with a scenario they are presented with, they can freeze the simulator and discuss it, or try again, but there is a time limit for the sortie, so they have to get on with it. 

Sessions are recorded, but O’Shea explains his philosophy: “We have no desire or intention to review each session for video or OFDM events. Our hope is that crews come to the FTD, practice their skills, improve their knowledge and leave feeling good about themselves. So if OFDM exceedences will not trigger the curiosity of the Ryanair training department, what does? Straying outside the Boeing 737 flight envelope freezes the simulator, which then has to be re-set. Of course why that occurs would matter. For example upset prevention training (UPT) is programmed into some lesson plans, but recovery from extreme attitudes is not. 

O’Shea says the new system provides an whole array of possibilities for voluntary pilot bookings, including: maintaining handling skills, UPT, left-hand seat practice for prospective captains, RHS practice for prospective instructors, and recurrent simulator training core competencies improvement. But O’Shea says the kit also provides Ryanair with additional flexibility to test corporate safety strategies, carry out new airfield evaluation, assess FMC database updates, and familiarise pilots with new flight crew operating manual procedures.  It can also carry out follow-ups for real OFDM events on the line, because the simulator can replay them for crew to experience. 

At present Ryanair Controlled Training is new, and there are only five lesson plans on the menu. But there will be many more, promises Capt O’Shea. 

Link to the original article

The controlled training software is developed by MPS for optional use on its FTSD's

EL AL acquires B737-NG FTD from MPS

EL AL Israel Airlines and MPS have entered into definitive agreements for the delivery of an MPS B737-NG FTD1 Fixed Base Simulator. EL AL operates a substantial Boeing fleet and has an outstanding safety record. The MPS FTD will greatly assist EL AL in their training growth and the ability to further improve the quality of their new pilots. The MPS B737-NG simulator will be installed at the EL AL training facility in Tel Aviv later this year.

Captain Edo Sharon, chief pilot, Director Flight operations: “We are glad to be able to obtain an MPS simulator in our training center. This is the first professional MPS FTD in Israel setting a new standard for training quality in civil aviation: Our investment in the MPS B737-NG FTD marks the beginning of a new era in our use of fixed base simulator technology. The MPS product now defines the standard for build quality and fidelity for FTD’s and El Al anticipates that the MPS device will provide greater opportunities for our pilots to practice their manual handling skills in a relaxed training environment. These MPS simulator’s will be used in a variety of training and operational roles all designed to build on the industry leading safety standards which are the hallmark of El Al’s operation system”.

MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “We are extremely happy to partner with EL AL and to supply an MPS simulator to this impressive airline. MPS believes to be able to contribute to EL AL’s efforts to train new pilots to the highest quality level. We are pleased that a major airline like EL AL is recognizing the value of the MPS simulators in this process. These cost effective yet high quality devices from MPS ensure the highest levels of training.”
 

Comair contracts MPS for B737 NG FTD

Groenekan, The Netherlands, June 28th, 2016

Comair Limited and Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) have entered into definitive agreements for the delivery of an MPS B737-NG FTD1 Fixed Base Simulator to Comair’s Training Centre (CTC). This FTD will greatly assist Comair in training young pilots.

The MPS B737-NG simulator will be installed at the Comair Training Centre, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this year.  

Comair Manager Commercial Operations, Capt. Glen Warden “We are delighted with the addition of the MPS simulator to our Comair Training Centre. This is the first professional MPS FTD in South Africa setting a new standard for training quality in civil aviation, compliant with EASA FSTD certification criteria. Our decision to invest in the MPS B737-NG FTD-1 to augment our Full Flight Simulators (FFS’s) has been based on our philosophy of providing our airline customers with the most realistic training environment possible. We aim to increase productivity in training, whilst optimising our resources in an effort to satisfy our burgeoning training demand. Our training centre is renowned for its high standards and a “no compromise” approach to the training where safety is paramount. The MPS FTD was specifically chosen for its ruggedness, fidelity and reliability thus offering our client base greater flexibility and affordability in training. Unlike typical MCC/JOC devices, the FTD can be utilised not only for basic MCC/JOC tasks and systems orientation, but in addition for legal training credits toward a type rating, instrument rating training and LOFT orientated command preparation.”

MPS’ President and founder, Dick Verburg: “We are extremely happy to be partnering with Comair. Comair has an impeccable track record and we certainly believe that through the addition of the Fixed Base Simulator to the training centre, MPS will contribute positively to efforts in this area of Comair’s business. We are pleased that Comair has recognised the value of the MPS simulators and the contribution these devices can make towards providing the highest levels of training whilst maintaining the balance between high quality and cost effectiveness.”

About Comair
Comair Limited is a South African aviation and travel company, offering scheduled and non-scheduled airline services within South Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, as its main business. The company operates under its low-fare airline brand, kulula.com, as well as under the British Airways livery, as part of its British Airways Plc. licence agreement. Managed and owned by South Africans through its listing on the JSE, Comair has been operating successfully in this country since 1946. Comair is the only known airline to have achieved operating profits for 69 consecutive years and has a safety record which is internationally recognised.

For more information on Comair, visit www.comair.co.za

 

DDA experiences unique training possibillities of MPS DC-3 simulator

Groenekan, 24 May 2016

The Dutch Dakota Association (DDA) has been the first operator in the world to have trained their pilots on the new DC-3 simulator of MPS. As a preparation for the upcoming season 7 DDA pilots have strengthened their knowledge and skills by flying the DC-3 simulator between the 17th and 23rd of May. Amongst others they covered starts, landings, engine failures directly after rotation, propeller feathering, IFR procedures and cockpit re-familiarization.

Member of the board and DDA-pilot Lex van Houtert: “Although the DC-3 simulator is not completely finalized yet, the training value is already remarkable. First of all it gives us the opportunity to perfect the cockpit procedures before we actually fly. Secondly we have been given the possibility to simulate and practice emergency scenarios that up to now were impossible to train. For instance an engine failure; the risks are too high to execute this while flying. This simulator provides us an excellent opportunity to practice this in a safe manner.”

MPS CEO and President Dick Verburg: “MPS develops this simulator in cooperation with the DDA to support the continuation of flying DC-3’s. Approximately 300 of these beautiful aircrafts are still flying today and the DC-3 has been very important for the history of aviation. By developing this simulator we have been able to create a realistic and affordable training device. This is in line with our philosophy to develop high standard, cost effective simulators. We are very proud to have had the DDA pilots as our guests and would like to thank them for their essential contribution to further develop the DC-3 simulator.

About the DC-3 simulator “Prince Bernhard”

The DDA and MPS cooperate in developing the DC-3 simulator which is based on a real Dakota cockpit. The aircraft was built in 1945 and the simulator cockpit contains many original components. By using advanced computer and flight models, MPS was able to simulate the original systems. The project has entered its final phase and therefore the official certification by the authorities is near. This simulator will be the first and only fixed base DC-3 simulator in the world and will be stationed in MPS’ facilities in Groenekan, the Netherlands. As a tribute to Prince Bernhard, who has flown the DC-3 on a regular basis, this simulator carries his name.

About the DDA

Since 1982 the DDA is focused to keep the Dakota, as it was named by the English during the Second World War, airworthy. The DDA organizes sightseeing and destination flights for the public in a professional manner. High quality pilot training is an important part of this.

About MPS

Multi Pilot Simulations BV (MPS) designs and manufactures fixed based, type specific Boeing 737-NG, B737-MAX and Airbus A320, A320-NEO flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), for the professional flight training industry, such as flight schools, type rating organizations and airlines.  Dick Verburg, founder of MPS and also founder of European Pilot Selection & Training (EPST), has recently been appointed as Knight (‘Ridder) of the Order of Orange-Nassau by His Majesty the King of The Netherlands for his outstanding contribution to the improvement of aviation training and safety and his internationally acknowledged expertise

For more information and questions please address:  MPS, Mr. D. Verburg, tel. 31 34 621 2777 or DDA, Mr. A. van Houtert,  tel. 31 20 648 1508

Vliegen in Nederland

 

MPS to incorporate ASTi Interface into its FTDs

 

PRESS RELEASE

MPS to incorporate ASTi Interface into its FTD’s

April 20, 2016

Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) of the Netherlands entered into agreement with Advanced Simulation Technology inc. (ASTi) to develop an interface to the ASTi Simulated Environment for Realistic ATC (SERA) for all of its A320 and B737 fixed base simulators. MPS FTD’s will operate seamlessly with SERA, providing a comprehensive communications environment and high-fidelity aural cue sound model.

ASTi’s SERA system provides accurate, real-world Air Traffic Control (ATC) using unique, realistic "human" voices to teach students proper terminology and interaction with synthetic controllers. Updates to the SERA control interface allow students to select and run predefined training scenarios through intuitive, web-based control pages. As a result, instructors no longer need to role-play air traffic control calls, and can concentrate on the training focus throughout each simulator session.

About MPS:
MPS builds simulators, which are exact replicas of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 flight deck. The simulators are based on the needs of flight training organizations and airlines for affordable, high quality devices that are specific for certain classes of jets. MPS delivers its products and services to Authorized and Type Rating Training Organizations, and major airline’s in-house training organizations.  MPS has a global installed based of its JAA/ EASA and FAA certified simulators.

About ASTi
ASTi is the leading supplier of communications, automated ATC, and sound systems to the training and simulation industry. ASTi meets FAA, EASA and equivalent Level D qualifications with simulators around the world. Since 1989, ASTi has fielded over 8,400 systems at more than 800 installation sites in the U.S. and 47 other countries.

Contact              


Multi Pilot Simulations BV
Koningin Wilhelminaweg 449
3737 BE Groenekan
The Netherlands
Phone: 31 34 621 2777
www.mps.aero 

Advanced Simulation Technology inc.
500A Huntmar Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20170
USA
Phone: 1 (703) 471-2104
www.asti-usa.com

 

                                                                                                 
 

                          

                   

 

 

 

Knighthood for Dick Verburg

PRESS RELEASE

Dick Verburg Decorated as ‘Knight’ of the Order of Orange-Nassau

April 29th, 2016

Dick Verburg, founder of EPST, including its COMPASS selection tool and co-founder, CEO and President of MPS, was appointed as Knight (‘Ridder) of the Order of Orange-Nassau by His Majesty the King of The Netherlands. The royal decoration was presented by mayor Bolsius of Amersfoort, Dick Verburg’s city of residence.

Dick Verburg receives the royal decoration because of his outstanding contribution to the improvement of aviation training and safety and his internationally acknowledged expertise. He is recognized as an authority in the international aviation world. Furthermore, he was honoured because of his pioneering work and remarkable entrepeneurship.

 

MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “I am very honoured to receive this decoration. It took me completely by surprise. I would like to stress that this decoration was only possible because of the team effort with the employees of the company’s founded by me”.

 

ABOUT MPS

MPS develops, manufactures and sells fixed-base, type-specific Boeing 737-NG, B737-MAX or Airbus A320, A320-NEO flight training simulators to flight training institutes, type-rating organizations and airlines, worldwide. MPS was incorporated in 2007 by Dick Verburg, previously the founder of European Pilot Training & Selection (‘EPST’).

 

Wizz Air orders A320 simulator from MPS

For immediate release,

February 22, 2016

Wizz Air Hungary Ltd. and MPS have signed an agreement for the delivery of an MPS A320 FTD Fixed Base Simulator. The device will be delivered in August of this year and will be installed in the Flight Simulation Company flight simulator training center at Budapest Airport. The device will be used for various A320 pilot training activities including part of the type rating training. Some adjustments will be made to this simulator in order to allow some cabin crew training activities. The MPS simulator was selected after a rigorous selection process by Wizz Air.

About the MPS A320 FTD Fixed Base Simulator

MPS builds simulators, which are an exact replica of the Airbus A320 flight deck. An MPS Fixed Base Simulator (FBS) is identical to a full flight simulator without the motion. The high quality visual system combined with rumble and audio provides a sensation of movement. However the total cost for this FBS device is only a fraction of a full flight simulator. Given the quality and the fidelity of the MPS fixed base simulator a large part of the pilot training can be conducted on this device. The low hourly rate allows airlines and flight schools to train their pilots more hours on the simulator without increasing the cost. This way the quality of training can be improved which contributes to flight safety.

Wizz Air Chief Flight Operations Officer, Captain David Morgan: “We are delighted to partner with MPS for the acquisition of this brand new A320 fixed base simulator. It will substantially enhance our existing training capability by augmenting the full motion simulator at our training center in Budapest. Wizz Air has a reputation for its world class training and standards of pilots. This simulator reinforces our commitment to maintaining those high standards whilst delivering the impressive growth of the airline”

MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “We are extremely happy to partner with Wizz Air, a very professional airline with a focus on Eastern Europe. We are pleased that yet another airline is recognizing the value of the MPS simulators and the contribution these devices can make to the provision of the highest levels of training.”

ABOUT WIZZ AIR

Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and currently operates a fleet of 66 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft, offering over 400 routes from 24 bases, connecting 119 destinations across 38 countries. Wizz Air is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker: WIZZ and is included in the FTSE 250 and FTSE All-Share Indices.

ABOUT MPS

MPS develops, manufactures and sells fixed-base, type-specific Boeing 737-NG, B737-MAX or Airbus A320, A320-NEO flight training simulators to flight training institutes, type-rating organizations and airlines, worldwide. MPS was incorporated in 2007 by Dick Verburg, previously the founder of European Pilot Training & Selection (‘EPST’).

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Ryanair acquires multiple B737-NG simulators

Ryanair Ltd. and MPS have entered into definitive agreements for the delivery of 3 (three) MPS B737-NG FTD1 Fixed Base Simulators to Ryanair. In addition, parties have agreed on the option to deliver a substantial number of simulators over the next 10 (ten) years as part of Ryanair’s overall pilot training program.

The first device will be delivered in December of this year, to be installed in Dublin. The remaining two simulators will enter service early next year located at Ryanair’s facility at East Midlands Airport. Part of the agreement is an option to supply B737-MAX devices or to convert the installed simulators into B737-MAX configuration.

In addition to the simulators, Ryanair and MPS will cooperate in the development and implementation of new and unique training solutions, which can ultimately become available to other MPS users.

Ryanair Chief Operations Officer Mick Hickey “Our investment in the  MPS B737-NG FTD marks the beginning of a new era in our use  of  fixed base simulator technology. The MPS product now defines the standard for build quality and fidelity for FTD’s and Ryanair anticipates that the MPS device will provide greater opportunities for Ryanair’s pilots to practice their manual handling skills in a relaxed training environment. These MPS simulator’s  will be used in a variety of training and operational roles all designed to build on the industry leading safety standards which are the hallmark of the Ryanair operation.”.

MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “We are extremely happy to partner with Ryanair, an airline with an outstanding safety record. We are pleased that a major airline like Ryanair is recognizing the value of the MPS simulators and the contribution these devices can make to the provision of the highest levels of training with the cost effective yet high quality simulators from MPS.”

Ryanair Press Release

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MPS expands its office and production facilities

PRESS RELEASE

Multi Pilot Simulations B.V. (MPS) Expands Its Facility To Handle Growth And Prepare For Future Business 

 

For immediate release,

Jan 2, 2016

Multi Pilot Simulations b.v. (MPS) has expanded its office and development facility as well as the simulator test center. A new 1500 sq.ft software development and Customer service building has been added. MPS also broke ground on an additional production facility which will add another 17000 sq ft to the production space currently available. Total production capacity will almost double and will enable MPS to build up to 40 FBS simulators a year

 

Front view of the MPS production facility in the Netherlands


Additional final test facilities

In addition to final test facilities, three complete visual systems have been installed. Two “collimated” visual systems and one “direct projection” system cover the three MPS test bays. This ensures that  there are always multiple simulators available for test flights.

 

Set up of multiple simulators for demonstration

 

MPS’ President and founder Dick Verburg: “With the expansions just realized and the new Hall 4 being ready later this year, MPS can handle the current and future development and production expansion. MPS wants to provide its customers with excellent test facility to accept their simulators. Also our current simulator and service products development require efficient office space for our specialists. We are pleased that we have the local City Counsel support for our expansion plans.”

MPS enters the Australian Market

MPS signed today a supply agreement with Airways Aviation for a state-of-the-art MPS Centaur FTD-1 simulator for airline pilot training.

The MPS Centaur FTD-1 is the latest in advanced simulator technology for multi-crew, jet orientation and type rating training. The Centaur can also be used for MPL2/3 training.

The simulator will be located at the new Airways Aviation Flight Training Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

The addition of the Centaur FTD-1 simulator further expands and refines the training opportunities Airways Aviation is able to provide in Australia, to both the domestic and international market. Operations of the Centaur simulator will commence in early 2016.

See also

AA press release

CAT magazine

Piloot en Vliegtuig

Airways Aviations in eTN

 

DC-3 Inauguration at MPS

Thursday 'July 16, 2015 - Anne Cor Groeneveld, founder of DDA Classic Airlines, unveiled the world's first professional DC-3 simulator today at the MPS’ factory in The Netherlands. The realization of the simulator was made possible thanks to an initiative of MPS-founder Dick Verburg. He was able to acquire the cockpit of an original DC-3. After a few years of hard work by MPS engineers the simulator is ready. Because the cockpit is an exact copy of a real DC-3, pilots can be trained on this simulator. MPS is working closely with EASA to obtain approval for the simulator as a "Flight Training Device-2(FTD-2). When approved, crews from the estimated three hundred operational DC-3/C-47s can be trained on this simulator.

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Czech CATC acquires an MPS simulator

CATC is purchasing an MPS fixed base simulator model Centaur

CATC CEO Jan Janik signed an agreement with manufacturer Multi Pilot Simulations BV to purchase a new fixed base simulator (MPS model Centaur) in the beginning of May 2015.

The simulator will be certified as a FTD level 1 according to the newest CS-FSTD standard of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). CATC plans to use it for Multi Crew Cooperation training (MCC), Type Rating for B737 300-900 and for premium ab-initio training Multi Crew Pilot Licence (MPL).

The simulator will be delivered before the end of 2015 and training will begin as soon as necessary certification will be completed. CATC believes that new simulator will extend their operating capacity, improve effectivity and lower the price of pilot training.

CATC news

Structural redesign of Pilot training

Article added: 16/06/2015

Pilots losing flight skills due to overuse of automation has become an increasing industry concern. Recent aircraft accidents have been attributed to pilots’ inability to manage their aircraft in manual flight resulting from unexpected changes in automation and loss of situation awareness. While aviation experts have associated these accidents to diminished stick and rudder skills, due to overuse of automation, the problem may be attributed to how pilots are trained in automated aircraft. Lack of understanding more than flight skill loss could be the problem. While the Federal Aviation Administration has encouraged pilots to hand fly to improve skills, limited opportunities for manual flight exist in the current international environment, with potentially less opportunities in the future due to NextGen compliance. To prevent future catastrophic events during this transitional period, a critical view of pilot training will identify how airlines could train pilots in modern day aircraft to maximize safety. The benefit of computer based training to teach operating procedures, fixed based simulators versus level D full flight simulators, redesigning training programs to improve pilots’ understanding through cognitive load theory, and the power of repetition will be addressed.

Downloads: 
• Automation Safety Article.pdf 

MPS visit of the King's Commissioner

Article added: 01/12/2014

Innovation doesn’t go unnoticed. MPS received a request to show the latest technical developments to regional politicians. On November 26th 2014 MPS hosted a delegation of politicians in their Dutch factory. The King’s commissioner of the province of Utrecht, Mr. van Beek, and the mayor of de Bilt, Mr. Gerritsen, together with aldermen and politicians of the county visited MPS in Groenekan. After a presentation and tour of the factory, members of the delegation flew in both the Airbus A320 and B737 simulators. Landing both types of jets in different weather conditions illustrated what a powerful tool these devices are for flight training.

 

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• 141126 Werkbezoek CvK (10).JPG 

MPS A320 simulators obtains EASA FTD approval

Article added: 28/05/2013

Groenekan, The Netherlands, 27 May 2013 ,--- Today Multi Pilot Simulations B.V (MPS), the innovative Dutch manufacturer of simulators, celebrates their first Airbus A320 fixed based simulator qualification to FNPT II MCC and FTD level as per EASA FSTD regulations. After the Boeing 737NG this is the second popular aircraft type for which MPS is able to deliver a full range of fixed based simulators with FNPT II MCC or FTD level EASA qualifications.

For more information, please read the attached .pdf

Downloads: 
• A320 Press Release 27may2013 v1 .pdf 

MPS promotional video

Article added: 10/04/2013

See the latest MPS promotional video featuring a look in our factory, assembly and our Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 simulators in training action!

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MPS in Leonardo Times article

Article added: 25/01/2013

MPS was visited by a delegation of the Leonardo Times, the society of Aerospace Engineering Students 'Leonardo da Vinci'. 

Enclosed you can read the article published in Leonardo Times of December 2012.

Downloads: 
• Article Leonardo Times_December 2012.PDF 

MPS in GAPAN News article

Article added: 10/12/2012

A GAPAN delegation visited MPS on 11 September 2012.

To read the article please open the enclosed .PDF.

Downloads: 
• Article GAPAN News December 2012.PDF 

MPS and EPST in CAT Magazine article

Article added: 30/10/2012

MPS was visited by Mr Chris Long of CAT Magazine in September 2012. Enclosed you can read the article published in CAT Magazine issue 05-2012.

Downloads: 
• CAT magazine november 2012.pdf 

MPS delivers first Airbus A320 simulator

Article added: 13/11/2012

Groenekan, The Netherlands, 12 November 2012. Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) has delivered their first Airbus A320 fixed base simulator to European Pilot Selection and Training (EPST), Utrecht.

For more information, please read the enclosed pdf.

Downloads: 
• Press Release A320 EPST 12 nov 2012.pdf 

Mainport Innovation Fund invests in MPS

Article added: 05/01/2012

Mainport Innovation Fund invests in innovative Dutch simulator manufacturer Multi Pilot Simulations B.V.

Thursday August 4th, 2011

Mainport Innovation Fund (MIF), a collective investment fund of KLM, Schiphol Group, Technology University of Delft and Rabobank, will invest in Multi Pilot Simulations B.V. ("MPS"). MPS develops and manufactures flight simulators and is based in Groenekan (Utrecht), The Netherlands.

To read more, please download the attached PDF press release.

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• MPS_MIF_PR_EN.pdf