Viking Air has signed an agreement welcoming Ansett Aviation Training of Melbourne, Australia to the Amphibious Aircraft Division support network, joining Viking’s sister-company Pacific Sky Aviation as the second Factory Endorsed Training Centre for the Viking CL-415 aerial firefighting aircraft.
The Factory Endorsed Training Centre agreement will create a strategic partnership between Viking and Ansett Aviation Training that will benefit CL-415 operators by ensuring they receive Viking OEM technical support coordinated with the highest level of CL-415 training possible.
As part of the agreement, Ansett will invest in the development of the first-ever Level “D” Full Flight Simulator for the CL-415, to be supplied by TRU Simulation + Training and installed at their new state-of-the-art training centre at Milan-Malpensa Airport, Italy in 2018. Development of the CL-415 flight simulator will leverage the experience gained from TRU Simulation’s manufacture of the Level “D” Full Flight Simulator for the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter, including unique seaplane capability.
“Manufacturing the CL-415 simulator to a Level D standard is an exciting and challenging project, but with the combined ability of Viking, Ansett and TRU Simulation, we are confident we will deliver a highly valued training experience to CL-415 operators from our new training centre in Milan by the end of next year,” said David Garside, CEO, Ansett Aviation Training.
Ansett Aviation Training was selected as a Viking Factory Endorsed Training Centre due to their experience providing flexible training solutions and global network of world-class training facilities.