Airbus Helicopters [Booth 9651] is partnering with Thales [Booth 11560] and Helisim to develop and deploy a full flight simulator for the H160.
The simulator’s development is part of Airbus’ “born ready” strategy to maximize the utility of the H160 for operators when it enters service. The companies plan to have the simulator available to support that medium twin’s entry into service.
The second H160 prototype made its first flight Jan. 27 at Airbus’ facility in Marignane, France. It is the first powered by 1,100-to- 1,300-shp (800-to-960 kW) Turbomeca Arrano 1A engines. Prototype No. 1 is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210 engines; Airbus decided in 2015 not to offer those engines on production H160s.
Airbus is working to achieve the H160’s entry into service in 2018.
Airbus, Thales and Helisim aim to offer H160 operators a range of training services with the simulator, which is to be certified to the Level D Full Flight Simulator standard.
“This partnership is an essential milestone in the H160 program and key to meeting the needs of our customers” and preparing for a smooth introduction of service, said Bernard Fujarski, head of the H160 Program at Airbus.
The simulator will be based on Thales’ Reality H series, among the most advanced helicopter training simulators on the market. Reality H produces vivid synthetic environments for civilian-based training scenarios, said Thales.
The first simulator is to be installed at Helisim’s center in Marignane, France, said the companies. “Additional simulators will be deployed worldwide in line with market needs,” said Fujarski.
Helisim has provided simulator training for more than 15 years for the line of helicopters produced and supported by Airbus.
The H160, a new-generation, 13,000-lb-class (6-metric-ton-class) aircraft, is targeted at a wide range of applications, including oil and gas support, emergency medical services, public service and corporate/VIP.