SAT offers the world’s most advanced A320 Virtual Maintenance Training

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SAT offers the world’s most advanced A320 Virtual Maintenance Trainer

Zurich Airport, 08 April 2014 – Swiss AviationTraining (SAT) has become the first – and to date the only – Approved Training Organisation (ATO) to offer its customers the latest version of the innovative and efficient Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT) for Airbus A320 technical training. As a result, SAT customers can now take full advantage of this upgraded computer tool, which provides extremely realistic simulations of all the maintenance work required on the A320 at highly attractive costs. The latest VMT software package offers even better image quality and even greater flexibility via its laptop applications.

SAT is currently the only approved training organisation to offer this state-of-the-art training program for Airbus A320 maintenance personnel, which makes the training concerned not just more efficient but more flexible, too. In doing so, SAT aims to continue to offer its customers optimum training solutions which ensure that it remains their number-one choice for innovative training that is specifically tailored to their individual needs.

The Virtual Maintenance Trainer or VMT is a maintenance simulator that not only provides a 360° view of the entire aircraft but also accurately and realistically presents its individual components. With its Windows-like user interface, the VMT is simple and practical to handle. With its latest (Standard 1.8) software, the Trainer provides an even more realistic simulation of the aircraft maintenance environment.

One of the prime innovations with the new VMT software package is the use of laptops instead of the previous desktop solution. This makes the corresponding training even more flexible, and will substantially simplify on-site training on the customer’s premises. “Our paramount objective at SAT,” explains CEO Manfred Brennwald, “is always to devise the best and most cost-effective training product for each individual customer. And, in doing so, we aim to continue to set industry standards and remain one of the top addresses worldwide for advanced and efficient training.”

The use of the VMT makes it largely less necessary to work on a real aircraft (which, given the need to maximize their utilization, is often difficult and expensive to do). The VMT also permits maintenance procedures to be practised which could not be performed on the actual aircraft for safety reasons, such as exchanging line replaceable units.

With its upgraded software, the new VMT offers even better picture quality and razor-sharp images of the various cockpit displays even with sizeable zoom. The VMT also allows multiple different error messages to be generated, to optimize the trainees’ response to a wide range of simple and more complex maintenance scenarios.

As a result, the VMT makes the initial and further training of maintenance personnel not only more cost-effective but also more flexible, more efficient and more realistic, all of which ultimately translates into greater aviation safety. In line with the broader SAT philosophy of aligning all its training to the specific needs of each individual customer, the VMT further ensures that all the training conducted on the device it can be flexibly tailored to each trainee’s current skills and knowledge levels.

You can gain impressions of the new upgraded VMT in the video here.

Swiss AviationTraining (SAT) is a fully-owned subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. The company has operations in Zurich, Grenchen, Munich and Frankfurt focuses on providing initial and further training for commercial pilots, cabin personnel, aircraft mechanics and corporations.
SAT is an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) and EASA Part 147 organisation whose courses are approved by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) in accordance with the rules and regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
For further information, please, do not hesitate to contact:

Uschi Roth

Head of Corporate & Marketing Communications

Swiss Aviation Training Ltd.

CH-8058 Zurich Airport

Phone +41 44 564 5803

Mobile +41 79 820 1174


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