Helicopter training simulator provider X-Copter is on hand at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis., to demonstrate its recently certified primary flight simulator. Located at AirVenture’s HAI Heli-Center, the Arizona-based company is offering show specials of more than $7,500 in incentives for the lease or purchase of the new training device, which has a base price of $88,000.
“In addition to recent FAA approval, we are very excited about our new leasing and financing options for our customers,” said Brandon Frett, the company’s director of simulation. “We will make it very easy for a flight school or individual to acquire an X-Copter.”
Before its certification, X-Copter previewed the simulator, which currently covers the Robinson R22 and R44, to the Heli-Expo audience in Anaheim, Calif., in February. Since obtaining regulatory approval in late May, it has produced and delivered 14 units, with an additional 10 currently on order.
Currently in development are training simulator platforms for the Robinson R66, as well as Schweizer, Bell and Eurocopter models. The device’s full-scale, steel-chassis cockpit includes two high-resolution touchscreen monitors; realistic controls with tactile vibration cues; touchscreen technology with fully customizable, advanced avionics simulations for glass-cockpit applications; and an outside view delivered by three high-definition screens portraying in-flight motion, autorotations and hovering.