Ensuring that new pilots are trained and qualified, and current pilots are current with their qualifications is an important part of running a safe operation for our colleagues and customers. One of the most important tools in this process is full-motion flight simulators (SIMs).
There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to getting new SIMs, and it’s been all hands-on flight deck to make it happen. Part of the process to bring all SIM training to the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area, Envoy recently received full qualification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for our latest SIM, manufactured by (CAE).
“Moving to a single fleet type with the Embraer 170 and 175 creates a lot of advantages for Envoy, but it also means high demand for our E170 and 175 simulators,” said John Nicks, Envoy Senior Vice President of Corporate Services. “The Flight team did a fabulous job working with CAE and going through all the testing that we needed in order to get them qualified with the FAA. These SIMs are high tech, modern and complicated devices that support some of the best pilot training in the business.”
About the SIMs
Envoy’s newest two SIMs are from CAE’s 7000XR Series with high-fidelity Flight simulation, extreme visual realism, a next generation Instructor station and improved reliability — compared to previous generations.
Envoy Captain Morgan Bennett, Embraer 175 Pilot and Fleet Manager, said, “The two new Simulators at (AFG) are a huge enhancement to our Training program. They allow a higher volume of pilots to be put through training so they can fly the line, and the fact that they won’t have to travel to numerous cities across the United States just to do recurrent or initial training is great.”
The new SIMs are housed and managed by AFG at a state-of-the-art facility near DFW Airport, which is open to pilots twenty-four seven.
So, what’s next?
Besides these two new qualified SIMs, this location will also have a third 170/175 SIM installed soon. In total, five Simulators (this location also houses two 145 SIMs) will be exclusive to Envoy pilots to fly.
And what do some of these new SIMs need? New SIM Instructors! Envoy is hiring Professional Simulator Instructors (PSIs). To view the job description, requirements, salary and the signing bonus currently offered to PSIs, please visit for details.