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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A330 Pilots Wanted!

For NextGen Simulator Study

January 12-16 & 
January 20-23, 2015

This will serve as advance notice for an upcoming simulator study conducted by the FAA in Oklahoma City. The study has not been officially announced, but preliminary information is available and I would like to gather a list of interested pilots that will be notified and scheduled as soon as the dates and times are secured.

The study is open to all current American/ Legacy US Airways and Delta line captains and first officers. Retired pilots, simulator instructors and management pilots are not eligible for the study. Check airman are generally excluded, but exceptions are taken when necessary to fill available slots.

I cannot provide exact start times and other logistics until the FAA dispatches them; but it should be very soon. Assuming it is structured as most previous studies, you can plan on the following:

You will need to Jump seat or non-rev to OKC the day before your session. Your hotel reservation will be at the Wyndham Garden. The FAA shuttle will pick you up around 0630 the morning of the study. Each crew will participate in a 6 hour R&D session in the FAA’s A330 Level D simulator. Usual times are a show time of 0700; a briefing time of 0715; an on-motion time of 0800; a 15 minute break at 0945; off-motion at 1200; de-brief time of 1210 and release not later than 1330.

You will receive $425.00 compensation, plus $99 per diem, hotel reimbursement; and airport parking or cab fees, if necessary. Once your date has been established, you will receive detailed information regarding hotel reservations, directions and other logistics.

This, of course, is a non-jeopardy event and your participation is important to future research. You will also be a part of ground breaking changes to the National Airspace System.

You may only participate for one event, but please provide any and all days you have available, which increases your chance of participation. Since this is a new study, all of you are eligible to participate.

Please respond with your seat position, cell number, and if you are interested. You do not need to provide any dates until I send out the official request. Respond to

As always, please invite your fellow pilots to join the list. I look forward to starting the New Year off with this exciting event, and look forward to more opportunities for all of you in the coming months.

Thank you,

Brian Townsend

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