Textron Aviation supplies new flight simulator to Europe


Textron Aviation has supplied a new full-flight simulator to FlightSafety International’s Learning Centre in Farnborough, UK.

The new Cessna Citation CJ3+/Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 convertible simulator (pictured), designed and manufactured by TRU Simulation + Training, is scheduled to be fully operational by January 2025.

Jerry Messaris, vice president and general manager, TRU Simulation + Training noted that training a new generation of pilots is critical to business aviation’s success amid the current shortage. “We’re pleased to provide a world-class training device to complement the legendary Cessna Citation lineup,” said Messaris.

Columbus, Ohio-headquartered FlightSafety International provides training for pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals. The company’s Farnborough site offers European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) training covering both corporate and regional aircraft.     

Brian Moore, CEO and director, Operations, FlightSafety Textron Aviation Training said the firm planned to expand its Cessna Citation training network in Europe.  “Our partnership with Textron Aviation and TRU will provide a high-fidelity training device and enable us to deliver a high-quality training experience to our mutual customers,” he said.

The simulator is equipped with the latest Garmin G3000 avionics and features real aircraft parts throughout the cockpit. TRU’s design has incorporated its third-generation control loading system that aims to produce a highly realistic flight experience and accurate representation of the aircraft.

Our customers rely on us to design and deliver the best aviation experience, and that includes supporting them throughout their entire aircraft ownership journey,” said Duncan Van De Velde, vice president, Sales, Textron Aviation Europe. “We are pleased to share this new training option for customers in Europe who trust Cessna Citations to fulfil their missions.

Meanwhile, Textron Aviation’s revenue rose by 10.5% to $1.1bn in the first quarter (Q1) of the year, up from $1bn in Q1 2022, according to its parent company’s financial results.