By Emma Kelly, Australia and Pacific Correspondent | December 9, 2014
|Depiction of the Reality H FFS. Image courtesy Thales|
Australian aeromedical rapid response group CareFlight has teamed with simulator manufacturer Thales Australia to establish the country’s first AgustaWestland AW139 civil helicopter training center.
The facility will be located at CareFlight’s aeromedical training academy at Brisbane International Airport, which is operated in conjunction with local aviation training specialist Aviation Australia. It will include a reality H Full Flight Simulator (FFS) – the most advanced simulator on the market, according to Thales Australia, which is well established in providing sophisticated training solutions to the Australian Defense Force and is now expanding into the civil arena.
The FFS will feature the latest Hexaline electric motion system and will support type rating, instrument rating and recurrent training, in addition to tailor-made mission courses. The AW139 reality H Level D FFS is currently under construction and will be operational in 2016.
“This represents a significant milestone in civil helicopter training in Australia. Up until now, this level of sophisticated helicopter mission training in Australia has only been available to military pilots,” says CareFlight Group chief executive officer Ashley van de Velde.
The simulator will be available to flight crews throughout Australasia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. CareFlight offers a range of training services to operators, including underwater escape training, emergency breathing systems and crew resource management.
The aeromedical charity operates a fleet of helicopters – AW139s, Bell 412EPs and Kawasaki BK117-B2s – and fixed-wing Beech King Air B200s for rapid response missions, inter-hospital transfers, pediatric transport and search and rescue operations.