New commercial flight simulator opens at Kissimmee airport

AeroStar Training Services hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 21 to officially launch the on-location Airbus 320 simulator.

It recently installed its new 18,000-foot hangar facility at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport.

Eventually it will expand to 30,000 square-feet.

The school’s pilot trainees, who are working on an A320 type rating or ATP certificate, as well as by airlines and organizations, who wish to lease simulator hours, are using the new A320 simulator. AeroStar also announced the recent purchase of a Boeing 737 NG full flight simulator, which will be ready for training in early 2019, and the brand-new addition of their Part 141 FAA training certificate.

This grand opening is celebrating phase one of the company’s expansion, which includes a $1.5 million dollar building addition. The addition will feature a new state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance facility, Spectrum Aero, and several new simulators that have been acquired. These simulators provide student trainees with the opportunity to complete all necessary pilot training in-house, eliminating the need to travel to other locations for the simulator portion of their training. Phases two and three will roll out late 2018 and is estimated to cost approximately $2-3 million dollars to complete.

“We look forward to making our sim training more convenient for our students and having state-of-the-art equipment on-site that we will also be able to lease out to airlines and other training organizations and use for many years to come,” said Deidra Toye, AeroStar’s president and CEO.

By the time the expansion project is complete, the company will have secured over $30 million dollars in simulator assets and AeroStar will be the only school in the Americas that will be able to train pilots from obtaining a private pilot license to a complete Airline Transport Pilot License and type ratings on A320 or B737 under the same roof.

“Congratulations to AeroStar on this major expansion in the Orlando region,” said Tim Giuliani, president and CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership.