Republic Airways' new 170/175 Cabin Trainer, a 15-ton, 60-foot-long facility housed in the Indianapolis Training Center, is the newest and most sophisticated such module in the regional airline industry today. In addition to a cockpit with working seats, windows and oxygen masks, the unit has a galley, two-class seating, a lavatory, working cabin doors, an emergency escape slide, a smoke-generating machine and audio devices in the floor to replicate flight sounds. The facility was built by RP Aero Systems of England and delivered in October. Republic will begin using the new facility to train crewmembers in January 2017. (Photo: Business Wire)The 15-ton, 60-foot-long Cabin Trainer is a scaled-down version of an Embraer 170/175 interior, complete with a cockpit, galley, two-class seating, lavatory, emergency escape slide and more. Among the facility's special features:
- smoke-generating machines to simulate fires throughout the cabin (and extensive ventilation system to clear the entire facility within minutes);
- ultrasonic "fire extinguishers" to point at sensors throughout the cabin to extinguish virtual blazes;
- sound amplification devices under the floor to replicate the noise and vibration of takeoff, cruising and landing;
- An attached inflated emergency escape slide and working cabin doors to practice evacuation logistics and emergency protocols; and
- A cockpit with functional flight deck seats, windows and oxygen masks.