Wizz Air today celebrated the opening of the new Wizz Air Cockpit Simulator at its Training Center in Budapest.
The A320 aircraft family fixed base simulator supplements Wizz Air’s full motion simulator, giving Wizz Air more flexibility to ensure its flight crews 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 based 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 exceptional 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 considerable 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.”