DCX Aircraft Simulator

Is the primary simulator available at Basair training school. It is a modern design simulator capable of simulating anywhere around the world, variable weather conditions and BASAIR aircraft inventory. The CASA certified simulator is used throughout the student training syllabus to expose the student to procedures for both normal and emergency operations in a controlled environment. It is here that a student builds the learning blocks to critical procedures in order to use them in a real-world scenario. The simulator is approved for and is extensively used for multi engine training procedures, instrument flying and night flying. Our simulator features multiple display screens to give a 160o field of view, a replica cockpit of which any aircraft can be simulated to provide realism, hydraulic jacks to simulate load forces and turbulence on the aircraft. The simulator room is a wide open area which allows other students to observe and gain experience, the instructors station also provides a birds eye view of the flight and a recording of the flight track – this is essential in providing direct feedback to the student so they can see what they can improve on and what they have accomplished.

Piper Archer

The Piper Archer is one of two major pillars of the Piper Aircraft Company, the other being the Piper Warrior. Both aircraft have a long standing pedigree in the General Aviation (GA) community for their reliability, ease of maintenance, versatility and availability. The Piper Archer first model was introduced in 1972 and the production line has not stopped. At over 32,000 units built, the Piper Archer is popular amongst flight schools and private owners. For flight schools it provides a versatile training aircraft which can have equipment installed and certified to fly in syllabus training for recreational pilot license (RPL), private pilot license (PPL), Night visual flight rating (NVFR), private instrument flight rating (PIFR) and the single engine command instrument rating (SECIR). The aircrafts features a Lycoming built 180HP, four cylinder horizontally opposed carburettor engine and air cooled piston engine. The cabin seats four people, depending on loading limitations, including the pilot with baggage area behind the second row of seats which can hold 100kg worth of luggage. The aircraft has two fuel tanks, one in each wing, which holds 93 litres of aviation grade 100 Low lead fuel – this gives the aircraft the ability to switch tanks and extend its range compared to a single tank. Depending on variables such as wind, temperature and barometric pressure and the management of the engine – the aircraft is capable of 522 nautical miles of range or 967km. The cruising speed of the aircraft, in the right conditions, can reach 125 knots or 230 kph and can land in fields as short as 600 metres. The airframe is primarily made of metal, with a tricycle landing gear designed and features oleo or pneumatic pistons to cushion even the bumpiest of landings. The cockpit tools available to the pilot include modern autopilots capable of holding direction and altitude, electronic display, Australian instrument certified Global Positioning System (GPS) and Automatic Dependent Broadcasting Surveillance (ADS-B) modern transponder.

Cessna 206

One of two commercial trainers available in the Basair aircraft inventory, the Cessna 206H/G model has a reputation in Australia as the most versatile bush aircraft. The aircraft boasts a powerful engine, impressive low speed performance, large carry load, ease of maintenance and modifications. In Australia the aircraft is used as, small passenger charter, skydiving, forestry survey aircraft, powerline survey, a medical supply plane for bush communities and scenic tour aircraft. With a six seat cabin design, baggage area limit of 90kg (seats can be removed to provide even more space), a powerful Lycoming(H Model)/Continental(G Model) 300HP six cylinder horizontally opposed fuel injected engine, fixed tricycle landing gear suspended on steel spring struts and a large wing planform – the aircraft can carry a lot more than both Pipers but can land on airfields of soft surfaces and at minimum distance of 500m. With the Cessna 206 more powerful engine, the range increases to 670 nautical miles or 1250kms. It has a total capacity fuel load of 350 litres split into two wing tanks. Under normal conditions the aircraft can maintain a cruise speed of 137 knots or 250 kph at altitude. At BASAIR the aircraft is predominantly used in the commercial training syllabus but on occasion is used for small passenger operations under Australia By Air. The aircraft is certified for night operations, instrument flight and day operations. Compared to the Piper Arrow, the Cessna 206 is widely used in the aviation industry for entry level commercial pilot jobs – therefore our students or alumni when they complete their course are competitive candidates as they search for employment.