A proposed rule that calls for a sweeping overhaul of flight crew and dispatcher training has certainly piqued the interest of RAA vice president of technical affairs Dave Lotterer, but for all the wrong reasons.
The FAA issued Information for Operators (InFO) 09005 last week, urging proper pilot training for boot operation and maintaining airspeed in de-icer-boot-equipped airplanes.
Nearly 50 customers have completed Phenom 100 pilot training at Embraer CAE Flight Training Services, a joint venture between CAE and Embraer, CAE told AIN. In addition, several FAA, EASA and Brazilian ANAC officials have also completed the 14-day Phenom training course, which has been conducted at CAE’s Dallas facility since September.
Eurocopter is offering an EC 135 helicopter flight simulator at its training facility in Donauwörth, Germany. The simulator features a full-motion system with six degrees of freedom. It can display daylight, twilight and night conditions as well as any weather situation, according to the helicopter maker. Its mission spectrum includes rescue operations in snowy mountains.
A group of industry representatives from helicopter OEMs, training companies and operators is close to submitting to the International Civil Aviation Organization a formal framework of recommendations aimed at standardizing flight training devices. The work began three years ago and will eventually consume 80,000 man hours and cost between $5 million and $8 million.
Lake Charles, La.-based Era Training Center received FAA Part 60 Level 6 qualification for its AS 350B2 flight simulator training device (FSTD). The FSTD, built by Frasca International, offers an exact cockpit replication. Frasca performed flight testing, model development and certification. Era provided the helicopter for flight testing.
By next year, the Helicopter-International Working Group (H-IWG) plans to submit to ICAO a framework for a set of international criteria for the classification and qualification of flight simulation training devices (FSTD).
Former Bell Helicopter CEO Terry Stinson has joined the board of directors of Fidelity Flight Simulation. Stinson served as the CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Bell Helicopter from 1997 to 2002, during which time he acquired a number of Boeing helicopter lines, launched a joint venture with Agusta and opened the V-22 Osprey facility in Texas. He currently serves as group vice president of structures and systems, for AAR.
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.