While regular helicopter pilot training in day-to-day operations is always beneficial, such training is not always safe when conducted in the air. FlightSafety International’s Dallas Learning Center recently offered AIN reporter Mark Huber a look at the vast range of scenario-based training flights available with Vital X graphics and five-projector technology now available on the EC135 that the simulator emulates.
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.
FlightSafety International has begun training pilots in its new Pilatus PC-12NG simulator, located at the Dallas learning center. The FAA and Transport Canada have qualified the new full-motion simulator to Level D. EASA Level-D qualification is expected within months. The Dallas center also offers PC-12 maintenance training.
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.
Eric Hinson has been named president of flight training provider SimCom. Most recently he served as executive v-p of FlightSafety International.
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.
Sean O’Keefe, chairman and CEO of Airbus Group’s North American business unit, will resign his position effective March 1. His successor will be Allan McArtor, currently chairman of Airbus Americas, who will also join the Airbus Group Executive Committee.
White Plains, N.Y.-based Safe Flight Instrument has promoted Matthew Greene from v-p of program management to executive v-p.
Both CAE and FlightSafety International have been awarded a Falcon Training Policy Manual certificate by Dassault, allowing the training service providers to offer instruction for Falcon pilots and maintenance personnel. CAE delivers training for the Falcon 10; 50/50EX; 100; 900B/C/EX/EX EASy/EX EASy II; 2000/EX/EX EASy; and 7X. FlightSafety training includes the Falcon 10/100, Falcon 20/20-5, Falcon 50/EX; Falcon 200; Falcon 2000/DX/LX/EX/EX EASy, Falcon 900/C/DX/EX/EX EASy/LX; and 7X.
Dassault has awarded its two training partners, CAE and FlightSafety International, certificates demonstrating full compliance with requirements of the new Falcon training policy manual. The manual is intended to ensure that Falcon operators around the world are trained to the same quality standard and benefit equally from the most up-to-date technical information on each aircraft they operate. The certificates cover training of pilots, maintenance personnel and cabin crew.
Dassault Falcon awarded its two training partners, CAE and FlightSafety International, certificates demonstrating full compliance with requirements of the new Falcon training policy manual (FTPM) late last week. The certificates, which are valid for two years, cover training of pilots, maintenance personnel and cabin crew. Individual aircraft approvals will be issued throughout the year, Dassault said.