Ernie Stephens in the HotSeat
|R&W Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens approaches downtown Manhattan in a simulated Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin using the HotSeat Heli Sim.
HotSeat Chassis recently sent a demo unit for its new low-cost helicopter trainer—Heli Sim—to Rotor & Wing’s offices in Rockville, Md. Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens, who formerly served as a police sergeant and chief pilot and is currently flying for the Maryland State Police (MSP), put the simulator through its paces, using—among other rotorcraft—the Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin. The Dauphin is currently in service with MSP. While firing up the Heli Sim and adjusting the settings, Stephens was quick to point out that the virtual rotorcraft “sounds like a Dauphin,” including the “winding noise coming from the back.” The instruments for the AS365 all responded like an N1 or N2 variant of the helicopter, Stephens said, adding that the displays are “accurate down to the test switches for the [emergency] fire bottles.” Constructed around a steel tubular frame, Heli Sim comes with Flight Link Cyclic III Plus, a collective with throttle, foot pedals, flatscreen display and six-speaker surround sound.
“They got the instruments right. They got the sounds and graphics down as well,” Stephens said while taking the Dauphin through a number of scenarios, including scenic views of downtown New York City and Washington, DC. —By Andrew D. Parker, Managing Editor
AAMS Establishing SMS Academy
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Bristow, Florida Tech Partner
Titusville, Fla.-based Bristow Academy has inked an agreement with the Florida Institute of Technology to offer a joint training program starting in fall 2010. The initiative will provide helicopter flight training for students, and the organizations anticipate the program will draw interest from eligible military veterans under the post-9/11 GI Bill.
CAE Contract Includes German Helo Training
As part of C$50 million in agreements with military operators around Europe, CAE will supply maintenance for the German Army Aviation School’s two UH-1D, two CH-53 and eight Eurocopter EC135 simulators. CAE Germany will support the German Army’s training programs for a total of six years under the deal.