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A330 Cabin Crew Training Simulators enter service with British Midland Airways

Two high specification A330 Cabin Crew Training Simulators designed, developed and manufactured by RP Technologies entered service with British Midland this month. They were installed at British Midland?s prestigious new training centre at London Heathrow and will provide the backbone of the practical training required in preparation for the new transatlantic service launching summer 2001.

The A330 Cabin Service Simulator is a seventeen metre section of fuselage with a high fidelity replica cabin interior comprising three fully operational galleys, seating for up to fifty passengers configured in two cabin classes and a main entry door. Functional systems include lighting, public address and passenger service units. An on-board instructor?s console provides full control of the device including a closed circuit video monitoring system for crew debriefing.

The A330 Door Simulator is a five metre half section of fuselage comprising a main entry door and high fidelity replica cabin with functional attendant seats, attendant panels and passenger seating. It is mounted on a steel platform and has a permanently inflated slide enabling both door operation and slide emergency egress training. The door, operational in all modes, is a purpose designed replica with a unique computer control system enabling simple insertion of training malfunctions and ensuring high reliability, simple maintenance and improved training management. A second slide was also provided for wet drill training.

The simulators entered service on schedule following a very short design and manufacture period. This success was achieved through the close working partnership between the British Midland and RP Technologies teams.