FlightSafety International

By Staff Writer | January 1, 2011

FlightSafety, the world’s foremost aviation training company, training professionals from 154 countries, continues to set the standard with its growing commitment to simulation-based helicopter training, including groundbreaking Level 7 flight training devices and plans to aggressively expand night vision goggle training capability.

The Level 7 Advantage

FlightSafety fielded the world’s first Level 7 helicopter FTD and now operate several of these type-specific devices for Bell and Eurocopter models. The company’s new FTDs incorporate the latest visual realism and other components from full flight simulation, while allowing the economy of fixed-base training. Level 7, the highest service rating for an FTD, offers maximum training credits.


A New Training Vision

During 2010, FlightSafety upgraded its Tucson-based Level 7 Eurocopter AS350 FTD to make it the first simulator of any type equipped for NVG training. Simulation-based NVG instruction delivers in-depth scenarios far superior in scope and realism to anything that could be attempted in a helicopter. Throughout 2011, it plans to continue expanding its NVG capability, with the goal of making this important instruction available for the majority of its helicopter training programs.

Center for Training Excellence

FlightSafety’s recently opened Lafayette center devotes its efforts exclusively to helicopter safety, providing a broad range of mission-specific training supporting the representative fleet operating in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as EMS, law enforcement, newsgathering and more. The state-of-the-art facility delivers customer-specific, rather than aircraft-specific, training supporting multiple aircraft manufacturer product lines, including Eurocopter. The company offers Level D simulation training for Sikorsky S-92 and S-76 operators and Level 7 training for Bell 206 and Bell 407 operators and plans to continue expanding the types of training offered at the center.

A Training Trendsetter

FlightSafety, the first to develop Level D-certified full flight helicopter simulators, also was the first to offer electric motion and control loading for the most precise and realistic experience possible. The company’s VITAL visual systems feature unmatched fidelity, an extensive visual database and a broad range of environmental conditions, including brownout and whiteout. FlightSafety offers training for helicopter models from most major manufacturers, including Sikorsky, Bell and Eurocopter, at Learning Centers in Lafayette; Tucson; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; West Palm Beach, Florida; and London Farnborough, United Kingdom.

Mission-Specific Training

FlightSafety’s mission-oriented approach provides a major advantage in helicopter training. EMS pilots train to convincing scenarios drawn from real-life challenges. Offshore crews face training scenarios that replicate their particular situation. The company also offers mission-specific training for law enforcement and newsgathering, and programs can be customized to emphasize scenarios specific to any operation.

FlightSafety offers a full complement of specialty training courses to meet helicopter pilots’ specific training requirements:

Inadvertent IMC procedures

Night and NVG operations

Instrument procedures

EMS flight operations

Law enforcement flight operations

Crew resource management

Approach and landing accident reduction

Aviation decision-making

Training Leadership

FlightSafety International, the factory-authorized trainer for both Bell and Sikorsky, is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 154 countries. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Asia. â– 

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