I strap into the Eurocopter EC135 light twin and head for California’s Cajon Pass. Cajon can deal helicopter pilots some of the worst conditions imaginable. The pass was created by the San Andreas fault and separates the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains, not far from the HITOP VFR intersection and the San Bernardino and Rialto airports. The stretch of Interstate 15 and state road 138 that run through the pass are frequent scenes of automotive carnage.
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HEMS Academy, the simulator training arm of German air ambulance specialist ADAC, has announced that it will add a new Eurocopter EC145T2 full-flight simulator in 2015. This follows ADAC’s order last September for 14 new EC145T2 helicopters to replace its aging BK117 B2 fleet. The new helicopters will be equipped with the EuroAvionics EuroNav7 navigation system upgrades, which will also be included in the simulator. Meanwhile an EC145T2 systems training device will be brought online in mid-2014, allowing for web-based training on the type.
Universal Helicopters (UHI, Booth No. C1211) is putting its money on safety in 2013, in a way that could benefit one lucky Heli-Expo attendee. The company has five training outlets in three states in the U.S., and is the exclusive provider of helicopter flight training to students at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona campus. At Heli-Expo 2013 UHI is offering its Vision Award, a full scholarship valued at up to $12,000 for night-vision goggle (NVG) certification in the Robinson R44 at the Prescott campus and in conjunction with Embry-Riddle and Night Flight Concepts.
In an expanded display for Heli-Expo ’13, LifeBlanket (Booth No. 2313) is displaying its original Pocket Rescue Bivy ultralight emergency shelter, Tech Tarp Personal Survival Equipment and original Cowboy Blankets, along with its updated +LifeBlanket patient-packaging systems and modular FR ANSI safety vests.
LifeBlanket, based in Colorado, manufactures all-weather patient packaging for medical transport, disaster response, personal emergency and search-and-rescue gear.
The Medallion Foundation is focused on changing the culture and attitude of commercial air operators and pilots flying in Alaska. The verdict? So far, so good. Fatal controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents among commercial air carriers have been reduced 57 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to a paper recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
FlightSafety International said that its third Gulfstream G650 full-motion flight simulator will be installed at the company’s learning center in Long Beach, Calif., early next year. The company’s first two G650 simulators are already in operation at its Savannah, Ga. facility, where G650 training started in September. “Expanding the Gulfstream G650 training program to Long Beach will enable us to meet growing demand,” said FSI senior vice president David Davenport.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has released a new computer-based training program for line service managers. The NATA Safety 1st Line Service Supervision & Training Management Online program is aimed at providing FBO line service supervisors and managers with tools to become more proficient in lesson planning, staff supervision, communication and leadership skills.
Two years ago, FlightSafety International nearly doubled the size of its Dallas Learning Center at DFW. The company’s largest campus, founded in 2000, has grown to 210,000 sq ft and now features 24 simulator pads, more classrooms and an engine shop, allowing FlightSafety to add several new programs. The Dallas center has 250 employees (125 of them instructors) and graduates 10,500 students annually. One-third of those students are from outside the U.S.“Dallas is just a great place to get to with direct flights, and that helps a lot,” said center manager Dan McClellan.
Prague-based ABS Jets is highlighting its operation control center services this week at the Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The company provides a range of services to business aircraft operators and owners seeking to outsource flight-planning services on either a part- or full-time basis.
NBAA and its Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee is awarding $41,000 in scholarship funds this year to seven people seeking to advance their aviation careers through continuing education, the association announced yesterday at the S&D Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Signature Flight Support, Universal Weather & Aviation, AC-U-KWIK, Jet Aviation, Savoya and Rockwell Collins Flight Information Solutions provided funding for this year’s awards.