Hawaiian Airlines unveiled its state-of-the-art Airbus A330 full flight simulator at its corporate headquarters Tuesday. The simulator will provide on site training for the company's pilots.
The Airbus A330 is a simulator that lives up to its definition. It can create virtually any airport on its 3D monitors with the touch of a screen. Rain, snow and severe weather can be changed as well.
"It allows us to go to the extreme ends of the envelope and allow pilots to experience and react to training situations that we hope they would never have to experience in the airplane," says Captain Ken Rewick, Vice President of Hawaiian Airlines flight operations.
The simulator is identical to Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330's and costs around $10 million. The simulator is expected to save the company $3.6 million every year. In the past, Hawaiian Airlines had to send its pilots out of state for a paid six week advanced training program. The company has 627 pilots on staff.
"This allows us to do the training in Honolulu, have complete control over the schedule that the pilots use and tailor the training to Hawaii's needs," says Captain Rewick.
Our KITV4 crew strapped in to get some some training of our own. Takeoffs will really sink you in the seat, turns and other maneuvers feel close to the real thing. The simulators manufacturers say its because of the 14 ton motion system.
"That will give you the sensation of being lifted quickly or slowly, basically adjusting the gravity that you feel," says Karim Sabri, a program manager at Sim Industries.
As for what this means for Hawaiian Airlines customers; The company says anytime it can be more efficient cost wise, it means a better value for it's consumers.