HELSINKI, FINLAND – Coptersafety started the installation of its next Level D Full-Flight simulator at the beginning of summer 2020, and it is estimated to be ready for training at the beginning of 2021. The installation work is done in cooperation with the experts from TRU Simulation + Training and Rockwell Collins, which are responsible for delivering Coptersafety’s past simulators.
“We started the construction project of the simulator at the beginning of summer 2020. Now, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we’ve managed to move onto the next stage of flight tests, which is currently on its way. At this point, it looks very promising. If everything goes according to the plan, we are expecting the simulator to be ready for Traficom; the Finnish CAA, evaluation in February 2021.” states Kim Rognli, the AW169 Lead Instructor at Coptersafety.
ADDRESSING THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE HELICOPTER OPERATORS
Despite it being a relatively new machine, there is already a significant amount of AW169 operators within the aviation market. The simulator training, however, is lagging behind, with only one simulator existing in the world at the moment. That compared to the other helicopter types in sectors such as energy, transportation, and security services.
“With a new AW169 Level D Full Flight Simulator, Coptersafety can extend its offer of training scenarios and operational training for multi-engine helicopter operations for yet another helicopter type. I believe that by now we are already known for the quality of our training services and with the AW169 we also aim to achieve the same level of professionalism and excellence. When the training is not limited to a set of emergencies, it becomes more efficient and realistic, and therefore, can better prepare the pilots for the missions ahead. Using flight simulators in training also reduces risks associated with hazardous training scenarios, e.g., flight training for a loss of hydraulic power, or engine fire.” stated Mikko Kallio, the head of Training at Coptersafety.
The simulator once certified will train pilots in a variety of missions, including, Police, Air Ambulance, Search and Rescue, Utility, Offshore, and Aerial Firefighting as well as pilots operating the AW169 as a corporate aircraft.