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FAA PROPOSES TO ESTABLISH FLIGHT SIMULATOR TRAINING CENTERS FOR PILOTS

 FAA PROPOSES TO ESTABLISH FLIGHT SIMULATOR
 TRAINING CENTERS FOR PILOTS
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) moved today to establish independent simulator flight training centers that would make training available to a wider range of pilots and at a significantly reduced cost.
 A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would provide for the certification of the centers by the FAA. It also provides for the flexibility to develop training tailored to specific airports and conditions in each center's region.
 The savings to the aviation industry from such a rule are estimated at $400,000 a year. The benefits resulting from increased safety, mainly as the result of pilots being able to practice dangerous emergency procedures in simulators rather than in flight, are estimated at $20 million a year.
 Currently, simulator training is available for the most part to pilots for the major airlines. It is provided by the airlines and firms under contract to the airlines.
 It is envisioned that the users of the simulator centers would include private pilots who are seeking advanced ratings, commuter airline pilots who want to advance to larger aircraft and pilots for the larger airlines who want to qualify to fly additional types of aircraft.
 The simulator centers could also be used to test and flight-check pilot skills.
 "This proposal," FAA Administrator Thomas C. Richards said, "will make the unique benefits of simulators available on a much broader basis. This can only result in increased safety."
 The proposal also removes some regulatory restraints that tend to discourage further development of simulator technology, particularly in the general aviation area.
 In addition to allowing the practicing of emergency procedures while on the ground, the use of the simulator centers could reduce the level of air traffic and cut noise and air pollution, the FAA said.
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 /CONTACT: Fred Farrar of the Federal Aviation Administration, 202-267-8521/ CO: Federal Aviation Administration ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR SU:


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