Environmental responsibility is part of business aviation in virtually every segment of the industry. One example is the engine emissions reduction realized by the growing use of flight simulators for pilot training rather than by deploying the actual aircraft.


New York-based FlightSafety International figures that its Learning Centers have provided close to 750,000 hr. of training annually using its fleet of 320 simulators. The company estimates, on average, business and regional jets emit 3.08 metric tons of CO2 per hour, while one of its Level-D full-flight simulators (FFS) emits less than 0.07 metric tons of CO2 for that same period. Thus, by choosing an FFS over inflight instruction, the trainee reduces emissions resulting from that session by nearly 98%.

According to Steven Phillips, the company’s vice president of communications, “Conducting the 750,000 hr. of training in a simulator instead of an aircraft can save enough energy to operate over 205,000 households for a year.” And he added, “If you were to place the equivalent amount of fuel saved in the Empire State Building, it would reach the 60th floor.”

Phillips also pointed out that FlightSafety’s electric motion- and control-equipped simulators have replaced the old hydraulic motion systems. Not only do the electric motion and control loading produce less heat, lower levels of ambient noise and the elimination of hydraulic fluid leaks, he said, they also reduce electric consumption by approximately 85%.