SAO PAULO, Brazil, 9 Feb. 2013. Sim-Industries, a Lockheed Martin company, has opened its first South American flight training facility in Brazil. The Sim-Industries Brasil Sao Paulo Training Center provides academic and simulator instruction for pilots flying commercial passenger and cargo jets.
Pilots from GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes make up the inaugural class of airmen to train at the center. On Feb. 11, GOL pilots will begin academic training on the Boeing 737 and will progress to two dedicated simulators. The simulators are qualified at the highest classification, level D, which allows ground-based training to replace some of the live flight hours required for pilot certification.
Sim-Industries selected Sao Paulo as the location for its first South American training center to best support commercial airlines in the region. Just 10 km from the Congonhas Airport regional hub, Sim-Industries’ three-story facility has capacity to train 335 pilots in 16 classrooms and six simulators. Training services are tailored for each airline and include initial and refresher pilot training.
The São Paulo center is the second fully-owned training facility established by Sim-Industries. The company also operates in Seoul, Korea.
Sim-Industries develops and manufactures full-motion and fixed-based civil aviation flight simulators for airline customers and independent pilot training centers worldwide. Sim-Industries is based in Sassenheim, the Netherlands.