The G500 pilot training program is coming to life at the Savannah Learning Center. Over the last several months the design build team has assisted Gulfstream Aerospace in the aircraft certification efforts. FlightSafety and Gulfstream have developed a full flight simulator more than two years ahead of aircraft certification.
Our instructors and the G500 simulator have participated in the FAA and EASA’s human factors evaluations, increasing our knowledge base and leading to significant development. Lessons from these observations are now being applied to the training program. The team of six instructors is expected to grow as we approach Flight Standardization Board and Operational Suitability Data testing in 2017.
The G500’s course design will differ some from previous Gulfstream programs. Much more time will be spent in systems integration training preparing the clients for the unique G500 touchscreen environment. Operational conditions in the flight deck environment will also receive more emphasis.
Pilots training on the G500 will use a new desktop design that mimics the left seat of the simulator. They’ll use a side-mounted cursor control device and a widescreen monitor with the layout of the cockpit displays matching the aircraft’s. A new resistive touchscreen design emulates the aircraft’s touchscreen control (TSC). When pilots use the Graphical Flight-deck Simulator (GFS) they will experience a wraparound cockpit that has all the TSCs and actual overhead touchscreens exactly like they’ll experience in their aircraft. The G500 training utilizes the most technically advanced GFS FlightSafety has ever developed.