Goose Creek firm inks deals to supply flight simulators

A model of the 737 MAX is shown.

A locally based division of Textron Inc. announced two new deals to build pilot training devices at the Farnborough International Airshow in England.

TRU Simulation + Training said Boeing Co. has picked the Goose Creek company to build flight simulators for the new version of its 737 passenger jet.

The first is expected to be ready for training on the 737 MAX in 2017. A spokesman said the devices will be manufactured in Montreal.

"This contract is an extension of Boeing's relationship with elements of TRU Simulation + Training that began some 10 years ago," Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, said in a statement.

The new contract comes about a year after TRU made its first training simulator for the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft.

The company's head office is Crowfield Corporate Center. It formerly was part of AAI Corp.

Earlier this year, Providence, R.I.-based Textron announced a new name for its Goose Creek business unit after merging it with two companies from Canada and Florida.

TRU also announced at Farnborough a deal to complete the design, development, manufacturing, installation, testing and certification of the simulator for Bell Helicopter's future 525 Relentless model.

"All controls, panels, instruments, avionics, equipment and furnishings will be identical in appearance, feel, location and operation to those of the actual aircraft," TRU said. "It will respond exactly like the aircraft in all flight conditions, as well as accurately simulate instrument readings and malfunctions and enable them to be addressed through normal and emergency procedures."

Those simulators will be made in Tampa, Fla. The first will be delivered in early 2016, when the 525 is expected to ready for flight certification.

Bell Helicopters also owned by Textron.