Aviation

Textron firm named as Boeing 777X flight simulator provider

Mike Ward, avionics training manager and instructor, draws on a flat-screen monitor at Tru Simulation Plus Training’s Wichita Aviation Maintenance Training Academy on the Textron Aviation West Campus. Boeing has selected the Textron-owned firm to provide it with simulator suites for its new 777X wide-body jetliner. (Dec. 10, 2015)
Mike Ward, avionics training manager and instructor, draws on a flat-screen monitor at Tru Simulation Plus Training’s Wichita Aviation Maintenance Training Academy on the Textron Aviation West Campus. Boeing has selected the Textron-owned firm to provide it with simulator suites for its new 777X wide-body jetliner. (Dec. 10, 2015) File photo

Tru Simulation Plus Training, a Textron company that operates a maintenance training center in Wichita, was selected to provide flight simulators for Boeing’s new 777X jetliner.

Boeing Flight Services said Tuesday that Tru Simulation will provide it “simulator suites” for the 777X, which will consist of a full-flight simulator and a high-fidelity, flat-panel classroom trainer. Tru Simulation also will provide a simulator for Boeing’s engineering development of the 777X.

Boeing did not disclose in a news release the value of the deal. The initial contract calls for Tru Simulation to provide two simulators to Boeing Flight Services, a spokeswoman said.

Tru Simulation also is providing four simulator suites for Boeing’s new 737 Max, a contract announced in 2014.

The 777X simulators are expected to be operational in 2019.

The 777X will be Boeing’s newest wide-body jetliner. Boeing has 320 orders and commitments for the airplane from six customers.

In October, Tru Simulation opened its Wichita Aviation Maintenance Training Academy in about 43,000 square feet of buildings on the north end of the Textron Aviation West Campus.

Tru Simulation hosts open house of its new, 43,000-square-foot Aviation Maintenance Academy at the Textron Aviation West Campus in Wichita.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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