Airbus has launched the Mobile Airbus Training experience (MATe) Suite, a subscription-based service platform with a 3D interactive virtual cockpit environment for pilot recurrent and initial Type Training.
Airbus developed MATe with portability and compatibility in mind. Building on the success of the Airbus Cockpit Experience (ACE) Trainer, a virtual and interactive cockpit simulator used in training centres for Flight Crew Licensing courses, the MATe solution is enabled for any type of I.T device.
Pilots can therefore use the service to train whenever and wherever they want, with trainers able to monitor and follow their progress via the latest cloud technology.
MATe Suite is available as a standard package with optional modules and services that can be customised according to airlines’ needs. The solution will be available for both the A330 and A350 by early 2022.
Airbus Offers Mobile Solution
The Mobile Airbus Training experience – MATe Suite, is the company’s mobile flight training solution.
MATe Suite covers the complete flight ground curriculum, from Initial to Recurrent training, including:
Systems Knowledge Modules in a 3D virtual environment
Familiarisation Briefings library
Flight Crew Training Program
Optional modules and services
Highest Training quality: content based on the Airbus Flight Training Reference standards, with approved courses and concepts
Up-to-date: benefit from latest company OEM data
Enhanced training performance: efficient learning process in our 3D virtual environment
Mobility and flexibility: cloud based, accessible online and offline and self-paced training
Cost savings: Significant time saving for courseware development, reduced travel and work disruption
Currently available for the A320 Family, MATe champions the company’s flight ‘competency-based’ philosophy and Flight Training Reference (AFTR) standard.
The solution, which offers multiple benefits; better knowledge retention and significant time savings on higher level training devices and simulators, has been welcomed by airlines, with agreements already signed by several customers; in Europe – Air Malta – and India’s largest passenger airline – IndiGo.
On its website it said its Flight Training Experts are continuously striving to improve services portfolio, integrating the latest training concepts and technologies to better serve customer needs, that’s why MATe Suite is now succeeding the ACE Suite, it said adding “Discover our Flight Training solutions and take advantage of Airbus training and our OEM quality standards, at your base, in full autonomy.”
In India, the aircraft manufacturer has two locations, focusing on flight and maintenance training activities for the region’s airlines operating A320 Family aircraft. The India Training Centre (AITC), located at Gurugram, caters to all requirements of flight training activities, including ground school and simulator training.
This training centre was commissioned at its present location in November 2018. The centre has two A320 Full Flight Simulators (FFS), two Pilot Transition trainers and other ground training facilities.
Maintenance training for in India is undertaken at the Bengaluru site of AITC. This operation, which has been in service since 2007, has provided a wide range of technical training courses to more than 3,000 people from India and neighbouring countries in the region. With EASA approvals since 2007, trainees can access the entire Airbus training catalogue for A320 Family maintenance.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported that deliveries, which have been recovering from a pandemic-related slump, rose 52% in the first six months from 196 at the mid-point of 2020 and compare with a total of 389 in the first half of 2019 before the coronavirus crisis crippled air travel.
Shares in the world’s largest planemaker rose as much as 4.3% on the deliveries, which analysts said put Airbus on course to reach its 2021 goal of matching last year’s 566 deliveries.
“In terms of overall deliveries, Airbus looks to be comfortably on track to at least match guidance of around the 566 aircraft (achieved) in 2020, and likely come in closer to 600,” Agency Partners analyst Sash Tusa said in a note.
Stifel analyst Harry Breach noted that Airbus had delivered 52% of its annual target by the end of June, compared with an average of 46% at the halfway point since 2000.
A note from Citi analyst Charles Armitage highlighted strong deliveries of the A350 wide-body jet despite weak long-haul travel, but he voiced concern about slow deliveries of the older A330 model.