FlightSafety International announced on January 27 it is expanding its helicopter training programs and services by adding new Level-D-qualified simulators for the Airbus Helicopters EC145 and Leonardo AW139. Level D certification is only assigned to the highest-fidelity simulators, capable of night, dusk and day visuals, as well as movement through multiple axes of motion. The new EC145 and AW139 simulators include FlightSafety’s VITAL 1150 visual system and CrewView collimated glass mirror display.
The Airbus Helicopters EC145 simulator is scheduled to enter service in March 2020 at the FlightSafety Learning Center in Denver, Colorado. While it will be used primarily to support Air Methods, an air medical transport company, FlightSafety will also offer training using this new advanced technology device to other operators of the aircraft. The Level D simulator being built for the Leonardo AW139 is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 and enter service at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, early in 2021.
FlightSafety’s comprehensive helicopter training programs that will be used in the new simulators include reviewing and practicing routine, abnormal and emergency procedures under a broad variety of weather and environmental conditions, and the ability to be repeated without delays from air traffic, weather conditions or air traffic control. This allows the pilot and instructor to focus on the task at hand without distraction in a safe environment.