Tropic Air’s Red Bird Flight Simulator is first of its kind for the region
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Tropic Air has been the leading operators of small aircraft aviation for 35 years in Belize. As Tropic Air continues to make the advances necessary to continue providing efficient service, they have progressed to advanced flight simulation training for their pilots.
In continuing to make safety a top priority, Tropic Air has recruited Safety Manager Raul Alamilla. As Head of the Safety Management System, Alamilla covers all aspects of ensuring safety throughout the company. Following this initiative, Alamilla saw the benefits that could come about as a result of incorporating the use of flight simulators. The simulator not only allows pilots to enhance their aviation skills but through simulation they learn how to manage various instances and cases of emergencies such as engine fires or structural failures that would otherwise be impossible to practice on real aircrafts.
“It is an investment that will not only keep our pilots current, but among all things it allows for safer operation,” stated John Greif III, President of Tropic Air.
To achieve maximum results Alamilla has attended programs such as Simulator Manufacturers courses, Cessna Aircraft Manufacturers courses and several other courses that have equipped him to carry out training within the company. The cockpit of the simulator is identical to that of the Tropic Caravans,and thus training is more likely to be translated effectively from simulation to flight.
The Red Bird CRV simulator is worth $500,000 and while Grief states that they will see no real financial returns from such an investment, they are all about ensuring safety to both their flyers and pilots.