First Latin American Airline With E-190, B737 Sims
Copa Airlines has received an Embraer 190 flight simulator,
becoming the first airline in Latin America with both Embraer 190
jet and Boeing 737 Next Generation simulators for pilot
The Embraer 190 flight simulator was unveiled this week during a
ceremony at Copa Airlines' Training Center in Panama, attended by
Panamanian President Martin Torrijos, members of his Cabinet and
special invited guests.
"The new Embraer 190 simulator allows all our pilots to receive
the best training with the most advanced technology in the
industry, without having to travel to other countries," said Pedro
Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines. "We are very proud of our leadership
in Latin American aviation; once again, we are in the vanguard of
The new Embraer 190 simulator, certified by the Civil
Aeronautics Authority of Panama (Autoridad Aeronautica Civil),
utilizes CAE 5000 technology. The simulator incorporates electric
motion and high-definition visual systems that replicate the flight
experience and enable pilots to receive training in a variety of
Embraer aircraft procedures and maneuvers.
"Having an Embraer 190 simulator in Panama means greater staff
productivity and flexibility for the company," explained Captain
Larry Ganse, Senior Vice President of Operations, Copa Airlines.
"The simulator is programmed for more than 7,300 hours of use per
year -- the equivalent of an average of 20 hours of use a day a day
by Copa and Aero Republica pilots."
This is the second simulator at the Copa Airlines' Training
Center in the City of Knowledge (Ciudad del Saber), an
international complex for education, research, and innovation. The
Training Center has had a Boeing 737 simulator since 2006.
In addition to the two flight simulators, Copa's Training Center
has a cabin simulator for flight attendant training, as well as
door and emergency exit window training devices for both types of
aircraft. The Center provides training for approximately 230 new
pilots and 150 new flight attendants each year, as well as
recurring training for 500 pilots and 700 flight attendants
Currently Copa's fleet consists of 13 Embraer 190 and 27 Boeing
737NG aircraft, making it one of the youngest fleets in the
Americas, with an average age of 4.1 years.