Against plenty of odds, New Zealand-based Pacific Simulators has delivered a new ProJet PS4.5 Flight Training Device to Tri-Star Aviation, in Houston, Texas. Based on the Boeing 737-800, the new trainer is the ideal segway for General Aviation (GA) pilots looking to make the move to jet operations and preparation for their first airline job.
To complete the installation, PacSim Director, Russell Hubber decided to make the journey from Covid free New Zealand to Houston, one of the hottest Covid spots in the USA. “I wasn’t prepared to have any of my staff exposed to the risk, so I made the decision to do it myself using some Tri-Staff staff to help on-site. It meant that I would be spending 2 weeks in quarantine in a Medi-Hotel on my return to NZ, but we wanted to ensure the best result for our client. All part of the service!” smiled Russell.
Tri-Star Aviation is a full service FBO and flight school with a dedication to aviation excellence, providing fuel, maintenance, flight training, avionics, and aircraft support since 1989. The move to providing jet simulator training services is the brainchild of founder and Chief Pilot, Dan Marrouf, “With the current Covid pandemic it may not seem the ideal time to be expanding our operations, but we are in this for the long haul. We know that the aviation sector will get back to what it was earlier this year, especially now that the vaccines are just around the corner, and we see the FTD as an important tool in our flight school. PacSim have been outstanding and we are extremely pleased with the high quality and attention to detail in all aspects of the sale”, stated Dan
PacSim Sales Director, Iain Pero was pleased to welcome Tri-Star as a new client, “Our Next Gen Project FTD is perfect for Jet Orientation Training, pre-Type Rating and Multi-Crew Training. Pilots in the local area will now have the chance to hone their skills before being thrown in the deep end with a full flight simulator. The simulator is certified to FAA AATD and can be used for credits for CPL and ATP to produce airline-ready pilots.”