AIRBUS 300 & BOEING 737
The Airbus A300 is a short to medium range, wide-body family of aircraft manufactured by Airbus Industrie between 1972 and the present.
The A300 was the first twin-engined widebody airliner in the world. It inspired Boeing twins such as Boeing 767 and 777 and paved the way for ETOPS flights.
After the launch, sales of the A300 were weak for some years, with most orders going to airlines that had an obligation to order the locally-made product - notably Air France and Lufthansa. At one stage, Airbus had 16 "whitetail" A300s - completed but unsold aircraft sitting on the tarmac.
In 1977 giant US carrier Eastern Airlines leased four A300s as an in-service trial, and then ordered 23 of the type. From then on, the A300 family sold well, eventually reaching the current total of 843 on order or delivered. It is unlikely that many more will be sold: the A300 is reaching the end of its market life and is now mainly sold as a dedicated freighter. The current version is the A300-600R and is rated for 180-min ETOPS. The A300 has enjoyed renewed interest in the secondhand market for conversion to freighters.
- A300B1 Only two were built: the first prototype and a second aircraft which was later sold for airline service. It has accommodation for 259 passengers with a maximum weight of 132,000 kg and two General Electric CF6-50A engines of 220 kN thrust.
- A300B2 The first production version. Powered by CF6 or Pratt & Whitney JT9D engines of between 227 and 236kn thrust, it entered service with Air France in May 1974.
- A300B4 The major production version of the early years was similar to the B2 but with weight increased to 157 tonnes. Production of the B2 and B4 totaled 248.
- A310 Introduced a shorter fuselage, a new, higher aspect ratio wing, smaller tail and two crew operation. It is available in standard -200 and the extended range -300 with 9,600km range in both passenger and full cargo versions. It is also available as a military tanker/transport serving the Luftwaffe. Sales to date total 260.
- A300-600 The current version is the same length as the B2 and B4 but has increased space because it uses the A310 rear fuselage and tail. It has higher power CF6-80 or Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines and entered service in 1988. It is available in both passenger and freight versions, and forms the basis of the Airbus Beluga. 330 A300-600s have been sold.
ATP Certificate (OR) COMMERCIAL Certificate with an instrument rating. Note: If you wish to upgrade to the ATP rating, bring the FAA ATP written exam to class. No extra charge for the ATP rating.
The course is designed for the student who meets the Type Rating/Flying experience set forth in FAA FAR PART 142 REGULATIONS and wishes to add the Boeing 737 Type Rating to his/her pilot certificate by completing the course in an FAA approved level ("C" or higher) simulator. The course length is 11 to 12 days. Normally classes start each Monday. We can offer a flex schedule for the students who have difficulty with work related schedules.
- Boeing 737 Operations and Systems manuals with colored cockpit panels
- 120 hours ground (80 hours home study following our outline study guide)
- 2 FTD periods
- 7 simulator periods
- FAA simulator rating ride
Most airlines that use or plan to use the Boeing 737 offer flight simulator training as part of internal training programs. Qualified pilots can receive the training from their employer or apply for a job with an airline that uses the 737. No airline appears to offer simulator training to non-employees.
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