Amikon, a Lithuanian-based aviation academy, has acquired a training facility with a Boeing 737-500 full-flight simulator (Level D). The acquisition was completed in January this year, and the facility will open for pilot training in May.
A spokesperson for the center told Russian Aviation Insider that pilot training is a new business for the company: “We cannot tell you just yet which of our customers will be the first to use the simulator, because certification has not been completed yet. But we are certain there will be demand.”
Amikon, with offices in Vilnius, Dubai, and Sharjah, has so far been focusing on technical and engineering personnel training. It holds an EASA Part 147 certificate, a CAR 147 from the UAE, and relevant Russian approvals which allow it to conduct training for different aircraft types, including the EASA Part 66 / GCAA CAR 66 modules, and also to provide consultancy services related to certification procedures.
Within the new division, partner company Aviacom Wing will be responsible for pilot training, whereas Amikon will service the simulator. Aviacom Wing is in the process of obtaining its Boeing 737-500 FFS operator license from EASA and from the Lithuanian aviation authority. It also intends to receive approvals from Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency and from the authorities of a number of other countries. The academy plans to provide specialized training, including engine start and run-up procedures.
The new facility, located in the vicinity of Vilnius airport, has enough space for three more simulators. Amikon says it will rent the space to other simulator operators, and is ready to provide maintenance services for any simulation equipment. The building also has classrooms for pilots and technical personnel, as well as accommodation for students. The plan is to have the facility operational 24/7. “We will soon relocate our equipment and tools for hands-on metal and composite structural repairs training from our old building,” the spokeperson says.
“We don’t have any restrictions in terms of countries [of students’ residence]. All our instructors are fluent in at least two of the official ICAO languages – Russian and English.” The company hopes that its existing customers for technical training will choose to add the pilot training option. These include Russian airlines UTair Aviation, Nordavia, and Yamal Airlines, as well as Belarus’s Belavia, Kazakhstan’s SCAT, and Ukraine International Airlines.
There is another provider of Boeing 737 pilot training in Lithuania, BAA Training Aviation Academy, which is a part of Avia Solutions Group. It positions itself as one of the largest flight training providers in Europe.
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