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.
As part of a global strategy to deploy new simulator facilities on three continents by 2011, Eurocopter is displaying for the first time anywhere an avionics trainer it has developed for the Eurocopter EC 135. The device uses touch screens to control all avionics functions and is available for hands-on demonstrations at Booth No. 2754.
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.
Cockpit airbags and X-shaped harnesses could reduce the severity of injuries in crashes with high horizontal deceleration components by as much as 22 percent. Pilots and forward-facing passengers, meanwhile, can be protected from predominantly vertical impacts by energy-absorbing seats, but only if the absorbers are optimized for the weight of the occupant.
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.