Simulator training is increasingly going retail. Elite Simulation Solutions, a mainstay in the PC-based training environment, is opening a simulator training center in Oviedo, Florida.
The center is an opportunity for the company to show off its product line, which includes everything from single-screen desktop devices to cockpit-sized turbine engine advanced training devices. Some of the company’s new rotorcraft models will also be available.
Known formally as the Elite Simulation Training and Safety Management Centers, the concept is fairly simple. The company is providing the equipment, and leaving the training up to the local instructors and schools. Pilots can come in alone, or with an instructor, and train on their own schedule. Schools can also rent the equipment on a more systematic basis. Elite is opening a sister center in Dubendorf, Switzerland, as well.
A classroom, testing center, and resource library will also be available. All scheduling is done online.
Elite CEO John Dixon calls the center a “mental gymnasium for pilots.” He said, “Our goal is to provide an atmosphere and the resources that will contribute to the safety, proficiency and confidence of all pilots.”
Rates range from $40 an hour to $150 an hour, depending on the simulator. The Florida center’s grand opening is Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.