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Flat Panel Trainer

Flat Panel Trainer

The Flat Panel Trainer (FPT) is a reconfigurable crew training device designed to optimize training time and improve the learning process for pilots and maintenance personnel. Theory, practice, technical details, operational issues and human factors are brought together in a realistic environment.

Training with the FPT is most effective when used for familiarization, systems, and procedures training prior to entering the full flight simulator. Training organizations can schedule numerous hours in a FPT for the cost of just one hour in a full flight simulator. Most instructors prefer the FPT learning environment as opposed to a simulator when it comes to teaching Crew Concepts, FMC Skills, Normal Flight Procedures and System Abnormalities.

The ability to initiate the FPT to a pre-defined snapshot within seconds eliminates wasteful set-up or repositioning time. A user-friendly Instructor Operating System (IOS) allows the instructor to focus on his most important task – observing the student’s performance.

Strategic Uses

  • Incorporate into simulator briefing sessions to rehearse key maneuvers
  • Increase the amount of FPT time in order to decrease simulator time (simulator only used for training motion-based maneuvers and validating maneuvers required by regulation)
  • Aircraft Systems Integration Training
  • Practice and learn “soft skills” such as CRM and Threat & Error Management Techniques
  • Train “hot topics” year-round in base
  • Practice new procedures

Instructor Control

L3 CTS's powerful touch screen Instructor Operating Station (IOS) allows easy access to simulation settings and instructor control features, including:

  • Aircraft Slew and Reposition
  • Lesson Plans
  • Integrated Moving Map Display
  • Unlimited SNAPSHOT
  • Environmental Parameters
  • Simulation Freezes
  • Malfunctions (Programmed or Live)
  • Visual Conditions

Available for These Aircraft Types

  • Airbus A300
  • Airbus A319/320/321
  • Airbus A330
  • Boeing B717
  • Boeing B737 Classic
  • Boeing B737NG
  • Boeing B747-400
  • Boeing B757
  • Boeing B767
  • Boeing B777
  • Boeing B787
  • Bombardier Dash 8-400
  • Bombardier CRJ200/700
  • Bombardier CL605
  • Embraer E170/190
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-11


FPT Dimensional Requirements:
FPT Width: 88 inches (68 inches + 20 inches for schematic monitors)
FPT Length: 78 inches
FPT Height: 73 inches
FPT Weight: 1200 lbs
Base FPT Minimum Room Size: 10' Wide x 10' Long x 8’ High
Base FPT Recommended Room Size: 10' Wide x 12' Long x 8’ High


Electrical Requirements:
1.) Base Trainer Electrical Requirements
a. US Power – One (1) 120 VAC 60Hz @ 20A circuit with NEMA 5-20 duplex outlet
b. International Power – One (1) 220VAC 50Hz @ 10A circuit with local single-plex outlet
2.) Base Trainer + Three Channel Visual Option
a. US Power – Three (3) 120 VAC 60Hz @ 20A circuit with NEMA 5-20 duplex outlet
b. International Power – Three (3) 220VAC 50Hz @ 10A circuit with local single-plex outlet