Lake Charles, La.-based Era Training Center has received FAR Part 142 approval for its training program for the AgustaWestland AW139. The approval gives Era the ability to issue pilot certificates following ground instruction and training in the flight simulator training device (FSTD), including ATP and type ratings, ATP add-on rating, type rating only and recurrent training. The Era AW139 simulator is qualified as an FAA Level 6 training device.
Era Training Center has also expanded its night vision goggle (NVG) program, which offers instruction in air medical, SAR and other scenario-based training. Era plans to incorporate NVGs into its existing Part 142 certificate in fourth quarter 2012. Bedford, Texas-based Night Flight Concepts is supporting the Era program, which includes pilot, flight instructor and maintenance technician courses. Pilot training will include the night vision readiness virtual terrain board (VTB), NVIO (which is a computer-based training program) and flight training in the Eurocopter AS350B2.
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