Soon, amateur and professional pilots would be able to brush up their skills on flight simulators in Gurgaon.
A Netherlands-based firm, in collaboration with a local company of aviation enthusiasts, has decided to set up Fly Sims Training Centre (FSTC), spread over one acre of land in the city.
This will be the first airline pilot simulator training centre in North India and its commissioning date has been set for January 1, 2012.
At the rate of $450 per hour (approximately Rs 20,000), pilots can practice on simulators of Boeing 737 NG, Airbus 320 and ATR type small aircraft.
Apart from courses spanning a day, two days or four days for working pilots, a special 45-day training programme has been designed for beginners.
The centre will also offer a week's training course for pilots who have to undergo mandatory training every year.
The centre will have three simulators initially, each costing about $11 million (R4,550 crore). The machines will be brought to Gurgaon on lease from Amsterdam.
The equipment number will be increased to six in phases depending on the response.
More types of aircrafts may also be installed, company officials said.
Sim-Industries BV from Netherlands and Seven Hill Ventures Pvt Ltd, a conglomerate of aviation enthusiasts, have joined hands to bring the facility to Gurgaon for which pilots often had to go abroad.
As good as real
Flight simulation is an artificial recreation of aircrafts and various aspects of the flight environment. It includes equations that govern flying, how to react to applications of control and other aircraft systems, and how pilots react to the external environment such as air density, turbulence, cloud, precipitation, etc.