A Dundee flight school has unveiled a new £300,000 training simulator, which it hopes will help tackle a worldwide shortage of pilots.
Tayside Aviation, based at Dundee Airport, unveiled the Alsim ALX simulator, which offers a range of training methods and scenarios including flying small twin engine aircraft and medium range passenger jets.
James Watt, managing director at Tayside Aviation, said the simulator would be an “essential tool” for decision making by would-be pilots.
He said: “It’s an incredibly sophisticated simulator and essentially echoes the experience of flying a medium range, 200-seat passenger jet, providing the best commercial training experience Scotland has to offer.
“Now is a particularly important time for pilot training due to the global shortage of pilots.
“Boeing’s latest estimate states that the commercial aviation industry will need 637,000 new airline pilots worldwide between now and 2036.”
n Picture shows pilot Gavin Ritchie and Caroline Strain of Scottish Enterprise trying out the new kit.