Magazine article African Business

Ethiopia's New Flight Simulator Arrives by Antonov Freighter

Magazine article African Business

Ethiopia's New Flight Simulator Arrives by Antonov Freighter

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In Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines now has a new Boeing 757/767 flight simulator. The simulator enables trainee pilots to practise take-offs and landings in a variety of simulated conditions without ever really leaving the ground, so that when they do take to the air for the first time at the controls, they already have a good deal of hands-on experience.

It was no small feat transporting the simulator to the Ethiopian capital. Antonov Design Bureau of the CIS and its worldwide general sales agent, Air Foyle of the UK, flew the 70-tonne, multimillion-dollar flight simulator from London Gatwick Airport to Addis Ababa using an AN 124-100 Ruslan freighter. The aircraft had been chartered by UK air broker World Aviation Group on behalf of another British company, Hughes Rediffusion Simulation Limited of Crawley, Sussex.

Hughes Rediffusion, a subsidiary of the Hughes Aircraft Company of the US, is one of the world's top three manufacturers of flight simulators.

The dual B757/767 flight simulator, built at Crawley by Hughes, is so realistic that pilots can train to fly unfamiliar aircraft without ever setting foot in the real thing. It has an interior identical to the cockpit of a real B757 or B767, and through the windows the trainee pilot sees any one of a variety of runways stretching out before him.

His own actions on the controls govern his view of the runway; if his approach is too high, the runway he sees will drop away before him, or if he veers too far to the right, the runway will move to the left. …

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