FlightSafety International (Booth No. 834) is providing simulator training for Sikorsky helicopter pilots at its learning center in Lafayette, La. The 70,000-sq-ft center features a level-D Sikorsky S-76C+/C++ simulator and is equipped to accommodate up to eight simulators in total.
Marignane, France-based Helisim has started operating the first EC 225 Super Puma flight simulator, which was to be EASA certified as a level-D simulator late last month. The company, a joint venture among Eurocopter, Thales and DCI, is positioning itself to meet demand for simulator training as the world’s helicopter fleet grows. Some 80 percent of Helisim’s civil customers are offshore-oil transport operators.
The final report on the fatal crash of a CHC Scotia-operated Eurocopter SA 365N Dauphin 2 in the Irish Sea on Dec. 27, 2006, underscores the importance of simulator training and the need for landing guidance systems on offshore platforms.
Two joint ventures of simulator manufacturer CAE (Stand No. 530) made key announcements in the run-up to this week’s MEBA show. First, initial customers for Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet have passed the FAA practical test at the Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) facility at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. Second, Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) of Dubai announced two offshore helicopter contracts.
Bristow Helicopters has unveiled plans for new European headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. The building at Kirkhill Commercial Park at Dyce Airport includes 12,000 sq ft of office space, 6,000 sq ft of classrooms and 11,500 sq ft available for up to four flight simulators. Two new simulators, one for the Eurocopter EC 225 and one for the Sikorsky S-92, will be installed during the construction phase.
Embraer CAE Training Services, a joint venture of Brazilian OEM Embraer and Canadian simulator training services provider CAE, launched its first pilot and technical training programs for the Phenom 100 entry-level jet, to be based at the CAE training facility in Dallas. While the announcement at NBAA’08 marked the official launch, technical training actually began in August and pilot training in September.
Jeff Roberts, CAE group president for innovation, civil training and services, leads the company’s global training organization serving approximately 3,500 airlines, business aircraft operators and manufacturers worldwide.
Embraer CAE Training Services, a joint venture of Brazilian OEM Embraer (Booth No. 5073) and Canadian simulator training services provider CAE (Booth No. 5146), has launched its first pilot and technical training programs for the Phenom 100 entry-level jet at the CAE training facility in Dallas.While the announcement at NBAA marked the official launch, technical training actually began in August and pilot training in September.
FlightSafety International (Booth Nos. 2678 and 2682) last week announced plans to add a 100,000-sq-ft extension to its Dallas/Fort Worth Learning Center, which offers training for Dassault and Gulfstream business jets. The addition will double the size of the facility and feature 24 full-flight simulators, a new aircraft maintenance training area and pilot and maintenance training classrooms.
Montreal-based CAE plans to add a Global Express full-flight simulator to its training facility in Dallas next year. In addition, the company is adding a Bombardier CRJ200 level-D simulator to its Madrid training facility, doubling its CRJ platform capacity in the region. The new CRJ simulator will complement the currently installed CRJ200/900 level-D simulator in Madrid and is scheduled to enter into service early next year.