Marc Van den Broucque, Managing Director at cabin crew training simulator designer and manufacturer Spatial sees growing demand in markets around the globe with the introduction of new aircraft types and the entry of new airlines to meet rising passenger numbers. Spatial, which is based out of Dubai in the UAE, recently opened a US office to help bridge the time-gap and better serve North American customers including Spirit Airlines, WestJet and Alaska.

The company is also seeing high demand from independent training centers, especially in growth markets, like Asia, where there is a large number of new regional and low-cost entrants. Spatial’s Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainers (CEETs) can be placed either on a static raised platform or on a programmable motion platform to simulate turbulence and crash dynamics.

They include CGI videos of various flight conditions and emergencies which play out of the windows and doors of the simulator. There are also immersive sound scenarios, lighting and environmental variables and fuselage motion.

This requires a lot of individual programming and electronics installs, all of which the company does in-house. “There is a lot of work that goes into them.

It’s one thing to build the fuselage, but just the cabling in a cabin training device can weigh over one ton,” Van den Broucque says. Spatial obtains licensees and data from OEMs. While these parts don’t meet regulatory requirements, they have to last through more frequent use. Read more from…

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