Helicopter Training: From the Field

By Compiled by R&W Staff | September 1, 2006

Aerosimulators Pursues U.S. Chances

The Belgium-based simulation and training device company Aerosimulators is confident enough that its line of flight and navigation procedures trainers (FNPTs) and flight training devices can garner business in the United States that it has set up a U.S. subsidiary.

Aerosimulators US is headed by CEO Mike Coligny, the former CEO of FLYIT Simulators. FLYIT had been working with Aerosimulators in marketing the FNPT, which is now in use as an FNPT 2-certified unit with Helicopter Services and Police Aviation Services in the United Kingdom. That relationship has ended. Aerosimulators US will cover the Americas as well as Australia and New Zealand.


In a related development, Aerosimulators and its German partner, SMI-Senso Motoric Instrument, have decided to include the Optical Crew Resource Analyzer system in all configurations of Aerosimulators' products. The system allows an instructor or device operator outside the cockpit to monitor what a trainee pilot is looking at any time.

Emirates-CAE Flight Training Signs Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco will start training its Bell 412 pilots at Emirates-CAE Flight Training's new Dubai training center.

The world’s largest oil-producing company, Saudi Aramco operates a large fleet of helicopters to support oil-field drilling, exploration and production. The center says its CAE-built Bell 412 simulator is the world’s first Civil Aviation Authority-accredited Level D full-flight helicopter simulator. Saudi Aramco is one of the original customers of the center and has been training its Boeing 737NG, Hawker 800 and Gulfstream 4 pilots in Dubai since 2003.

“The aviation industry in the Indian subcontinent and Middle East is expanding rapidly,” Emirates' chairman and chief executive, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, said. “Emirates-CAE Flight Training has established itself as the center of aviation training in the region and we look forward to providing our new customers with the highest level of training and service.”

Embry-Riddle Plans Industry/Career Expos

More than 100 employers in aviation, aerospace, business, engineering and high-tech fields will be on hand to talk with job seekers at the 2006 Industry/Career Expos at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s two residential campuses.

The first expo is Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Activity Center at the Prescott, Ariz., campus. The second expo is Oct. 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the ICI Center at the Daytona Beach campus. That expo will be held during the Daytona campus' Homecoming Week.

Sponsored by Embry-Riddle’s Career Services Office, the expos are free and open to the public. At the events, job seekers may explore careers and interview with employers from across the nation, including Air-Sur, Lockheed Martin, National Air & Space Intelligence and the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. Many airlines, such as ATA, US Airways and Southwest, will also be represented.

Exhibit spaces, as well as advertisement and sponsorship opportunities, are still available.

Embry-Riddle says it is the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. It offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. The university educates more than 32,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs at residential campuses in Prescott and Daytona Beach, worldwide at more than 130 centers in the United States, Europe, Canada and the Middle East, and through online learning.

Fidelity Flight Installs Bell 222 Sim in Denmark

Fidelity Flight Simulation completed commissioning a MOTUS Bell 222 simulator at Air Alpha in Odense, Denmark in mid-June and is now working with the customer to obtain Joint Aviation Authorities certification of that unit.

The simulator features a fully type-specific cockpit and an enhanced LCD Mosaic Wall external visual display.

The company says the clarity, resolution and brightness of the external display, in combination with Fidelity's all-electric, six-axis, motion base, makes the MOTUS an ideal helicopter training environment.

"This simulator has a significantly improved external visual display, both in terms of overall area as well as horizontal and vertical fields-of-view," said Fidelity Flight's Mark Limbach.

L-3’s Link Division Unveils Helicopter Combined Arms Trainer

L-3 Communications’ Link Simulation and Training Div. unveiled a scalable, reconfigurable and networked helicopter combined arms tactical trainer system at the Farnborough Air Show that the company said is designed to provide virtual training for any platform in the worldwide military rotary-wing fleet.

The HELCATT simulation solutions is built upon the combined arms tactical training technologies Link developed in recent years to provide full mission training for attack, reconnaissance, utility and cargo helicopters.

“The flexibility HELCATT enables Link to offer rotary-wing simulation solutions that meet specific service and country training requirements, while enabling aircrews to hone their skills in a realistic, high-intensity virtual training environment," said Link President John McNellis. In addition to networking multiple HELCATT simulator modules, the rotary-wing trainers can be linked with other virtual, live or constructive simulations to support joint forces training, he said.

Link offers HELCATT scalable simulation solutions packaged as one or more fixed-base training devices or, for mobile training requirements, up to six reconfigurable training modules housed in two 53-ft trailers.

HELCATT trainers are designed to be reconfigured to support aircrew training for UH-60, CH-47, OH-58D, AH-64A and D helicopters. The company said they can be designed to represent any military helicopter by adding customized cockpit instrument panel overlays and software that accurately simulates a specific aircraft’s performance parameters.

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