S7 Airlines Buys Two New Full Flight Simulators (FFS)* for Pilot Training


Both flight simulators will be installed at S7 Training, the company’s own training center located near Domodedovo International Airport. They are the first full flight simulators at the center, which will be used to train pilots**. The equipment has the highest level of flight simulator certification (level “D”) in accordance with the rules of the international aviation authorities. This level of certification makes it possible to conduct all types of pilot training. The first flight simulator will be commissioned in December 2008, and the second in the fourth quarter of 2009.

“Such flight simulators are practically non-existent in Russia. Installing the most modern equipment in our training center allow us to improve the training of aircraft crews and solve the most complex issues associated with ensuring flight safety during training. We chose Thales to supply the full flight simulators because of their flexible approach to work during the selection and installation of equipment, as well as their after-sale service,” said Oleg Vasiliev, Director of S7 Training.

“S7 Airlines is actively updating and expanding its fleet and we are pleased to have the opportunity to take part in this by providing high-quality equipment and advantageous servicing terms to such a large client as S7 Airlines,” said Chris Gane, Vice President of the Training and Flight Simulators unit of Thales.

Thales and Sukhoi are currently developing and implementing training equipment for flight crews of the new Russian SuperJet 100 airliner.

S7 Airlines is the largest airline on Russia’s domestic routes and one of the world’s top 50 in this segment.

In 2007 the company received an official notification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) about the airline’s certification in that organization, becoming the second carrier in Russia to successfully pass the IATA Operational Safety Audit.

S7 Airlines is one of Russia’s most stable airlines, incorporating the latest achievements of the world industry in the servicing of passengers and actively expanding its service. S7 Airlines won the annual national “People’s Brand / Brand No. 1 in Russia” prize in 2007.

Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group serving defense, aerospace and security markets worldwide.

The quality of Thales’ advanced technologies is guaranteed by the experience of 22,000 engineers from the company’s own research and development center, which provides broad possibilities for the creation and application of information systems that are proven in practice and unique in Europe. This is why the company’s civil and military businesses develop in parallel and are based on a single technological base in order to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. The group’s growth is based on a unique multi-national strategy and trust-based partnership with clients and market participants, which help to improve world experience in the support of local technologies and industrial development. Thales employs 68,000 people in 50 countries. In 2007 it had revenue of €12.3 billion.

* Full Flight Simulators (FFS) are flight simulators equipped with a movement system that imitates the flight of an airplane, a cockpit that fully corresponds to the cockpit of an aircraft, and an advanced visualization system. They are designed to train pilots in the full range of necessary skills.

** In January 2008, a Maintenance Flight Training Device (M/FTD) designed for the training of crews on the Airbus A320 family of airplanes was commissioned at S7 Training. A Flight Management and Guidance System (FMGS), which makes it possible to charter a course and model situations associated with the operation of the on-board computer of the Airbus A320 family, was acquired in early 2007.