Boom Supersonic will be partnering with FlightSafety International (FSI) to train pilots, mechanics, and cabin crew for its upcoming Overture aircraft. Together, the two companies, who are promising to bring back supersonic travel, will cooperate and develop training programs and curriculums for Overture crews.
According to the aircraft maker, the extensive training program will draw on the expertise of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-qualified personnel. The program will also include the latest flight simulators and training environments, the former of which will also be provided by FSI to customers who wish to do their own internal training.
“Safety is our top priority at Boom, and is integral to how we train future pilots, technicians, and cabin crew, and prepare our customers to operate Overture,” said Tracy Bevington, Senior Vice President of Commercial Product and Services at Boom. Bevington added that the company chose FSI “because of their decades-long leadership in flight training and their proven ability to ensure we have the highest levels of safety in place as we prepare for the Overture flight test program to commence in 2027”.
Providing simulators for Boom Supersonic
In addition to full flight simulators (FFS), FSI will also provide flight deck simulators for Boom Supersonic’s, as well as developing a flight test program for the certification of the aircraft.
FSI’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing Nate Speiser stated that his company is honored to work with the manufacturer “to develop training programs and simulators for supersonic flight, which we believe will fundamentally change how we travel”.
The Overture will be a supersonic aircraft set to fly at cruise speeds of Mach 1.7 at an altitude of 60,000 feet. With a range of up to 4250 nautical miles (4888 miles or 7867 kilometers), it will seat between 65 and 80 passengers.
Per Boom Supersonic, the company anticipates beginning production in 2024, rollout in 2026 and fly for the first time in 2027. The manufacturer hopes to gain certification to begin deliveries to its customers two years later.
Boom Supersonic had recently announced details of the engine for its supersonic aircraft. It has teamed up with Kratos’ Florida Turbines Technologies, up to this point a military-focused manufacturer, to develop the ‘Symphony’.