Nolinor Aviation on March 3 announced it will open its Boeing 737-200 simulator training centre in Mirabel this year, which the company states will create the only training centre of its kind in North America. Nolinor explains it has acquired the two flight simulators, to meet its current and future pilot training needs, after several months of negotiations with training centres in Florida and British Columbia.
“This unique centre is a significant investment that will generate many opportunities for Nolinor. Among other things, bringing these simulators closer to our operations in Mirabel will help reduce training costs,” said Marco Prud’Homme, vice president of Nolinor.
The company explains that on a daily basis its 737-200 aircraft transport workers, food and equipment to many mining sites in the North, as an example of the aircraft’s usage in Canada’s northern regions, with the ability to land on gravel airstrips. Nolinor claims to hold the largest fleet of Boeing 737-200s in the world – with plans to use the fleet for several more years.
Boeing 737-200s are still used by many airlines around the world and some carriers have already contacted Nolinor to discuss contracts to meet their training needs. “Under regulatory requirements, airline pilots require periodic simulator training to validate their qualifications. Without a flight simulator, airlines must conduct flight training, which is expensive and cannot simulate all situations that may occur in flight,” said Marjorie Lafrance, human resources manager at Nolinor.
Nolinor explains it is now working with regulatory authorities to set up the simulators, which will be modernized and implemented gradually.