EC135 Flight Simulator ready for the customers
Eurocopter is offering its customers around the world the opportunity to use an EC135 flight simulator at its site in Donauwörth (Germany). The flight simulator at the Donauwörth Training Academy serves to train helicopter pilots. It is an additional component of Eurocopter’s global training concept, which is based on training solutions that further increase flight safety – a top priority at Eurocopter.
The fully maneuverable flight simulator features a full motion system with six degrees of freedom. It has a visual-system field of view of 160° horizontal and 80° vertical and can visualize daylight, twilight and night conditions as well as any weather situation. Its mission spectrum includes, for example, rescue operations in high snowy mountains. Landscapes and buildings are displayed realistically in 3D. The simulator was developed by Eurocopter in collaboration with CAE and Indra.
Charles Hebeka, Accountable Manager of the Eurocopter Training Academy, comments: “We have already received bookings for over 400 flight hours.” Certification according to JAA FTD Level 3 will begin in April 2009, so that the simulator can be used in JAR FCL 2 training courses. There are also plans to certify it to FFS Level B at a later date.
It is twelve years since the EC135 made its market debut in mid-1996, and around 800 helicopters of this type have been delivered to date. Its mission spectrum ranges from search and rescue missions and police work to pilot training courses. The EC135’s lasting success and its uncontested leading position worldwide among the latest-generation twin-engine light helicopters for police and air rescue services is due to the helicopter’s innovative and reliable technology.