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Friday, 16 June 2023

Embraer Inaugurates First KC-390 Full Flight Simulator

(16/06/23)  Embraer has officially inaugurated its first full flight simulator (FFS) for the KC-390 Millennium multi-mission aircraft at the Embraer Academy in São José dos Campos in Brazil.

With D-level qualification, the KC-390 FFS includes operation under normal and emergency conditions, a package to support military operations, and more than 350 failure simulations.

Embraer KC-390. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
Embraer KC-390. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

Mike Schmidt, CEO of Rheinmetall Aviation Services and Head of Dimension Air, said, “Rheinmetall is proud to have been selected as the preferred partner of Embraer for the KC-390 transport aircraft training devices. This KC-390 flight simulator will be the first of many training devices to support the safe and effective education and training of future KC-390 transport aircraft operators worldwide.”

The C-390 can carry more payload (26 tons) compared to other medium-sized military cargo aircraft and flies faster (470 knots) and farther, being capable of performing a wide range of missions such as transporting and dropping cargo and troops, medical evacuation, search and rescue, firefighting, and humanitarian missions, operating on temporary or unpaved runways (i.e., including packed earth, soil, and gravel).

In its refueling version, designated KC-390, the aircraft has already proven its aerial refueling capacity, as well as an aircraft receiving fuel from another KC-390 using pods installed under the wings. It is the only aircraft in the world in the segment to carry out such an operation.

“The new KC-390 flight simulator will meet the demand of current and future customers for basic and advanced pilot training, thus contributing to the safe and effective operation of the aircraft,” said Johann Bordais, President & CEO of Embraer Services & Support. “Brazil, Portugal and Hungary will be the first countries to use this equipment, which allows the safe practice of maneuvers and emergency procedures, as well as other adverse flight conditions, with reduced costs and without risks to the operation.”

The Brazilian Air Force's five aircraft in operation, all in the aerial refueling version (KC-390), have already accumulated more than 8,900 flight hours.

Recent figures show an operational availability of around 80%, with a mission completion rate above 99%.

The C-390 Millennium has orders from Portugal and Hungary, both NATO member countries. Netherlands, also a member of NATO, selected the C-390 Millennium in 2022.

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