Heli Expo news from Flightsafety and Pratt & Whitney
March 8, 2011 – News from Flightsafety and Pratt & Whitney at the Heli Expo 2011, regarding new training programs.
By Melissa Damota
March 8, 2011 – News from Flightsafety and Pratt & Whitney at the Heli Expo 2011.
FLIGHTSAFETY AND PRATT & WHITNEY EXPAND TRAINING FOR TURBO SHAFT HELICOPTERS
FlightSafety International and Pratt & Whitney Canada have announced the expansion of training programs for turbo shaft powered helicopters.
“This expansion of Pratt & Whitney Canada turbo shaft powered helicopter training programs clearly demonstrates our desire and ability to further enhance the services we provide our customers,” said Raffaele Virgili, Vice President, Customer Service, Pratt & Whitney Canada.
FlightSafety offers comprehensive training courses for six Pratt & Whitney Canada engine series. This includes training for 28 Pratt & Whitney Canada engine models for 26 aircraft types built by 12 manufacturers.
“Technicians who maintain and support Pratt & Whitney Canada turbo shaft powered helicopters will now have access to FlightSafety’s world-class learning facilities and a strong technology-based training curriculum throughout our network of 10 maintenance training centers of excellence,” said Mike Lee, FlightSafety’s Director, Business Development, Maintenance Training.
FlightSafety provides training for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6B, PT6C, PT6T and PW206/207 series engines. Courses for the 1,000 shaft horsepower new PW210 series of engines will be available beginning in the fourth quarter of 2011. These engines set new standards in fuel burn, power-to-weight ratio, environmental emissions and operating economics while maintaining P&WC’s reputation for high durability and reliability, the hallmark of dependability. This includes a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC), which facilitates pilot operation and maintenance diagnostics.
The Pratt & Whitney Canada maintenance training programs provided by FlightSafety meet or exceed international regulatory standards and are approved under FAA FAR 147, EASA, CASA and Transport Canada.
P&WC engine training is currently available in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Wichita, Kansas; West Palm Beach, Florida; Montreal, Canada; Toronto, Canada; Paris-Le Bourget, France, and Singapore. Additional Centers that will be offering training in the near future are Curitiba, Brazil; Johannesburg, South Africa; Melbourne, Australia; and Beijing, China.
FLIGHTSAFETY DEMONSTRATES NEW ENHANCED VITAL X VISUAL
SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR HELICOPTER SIMULATORS AT HELI-EXPO
FlightSafety International is demonstrating an
enhanced version of its VITAL X Visual System designed specifically for use in helicopter training
programs and simulators at Heli-Expo. It was designed based on extensive consultation with
helicopter operators from various industry segments and the company’s vast experience in civil and
military simulation equipment.
“Visitors to FlightSafety’s exhibit at Heli-Expo will be able to view newly created high resolution
scenes developed specifically for Emergency Medical Services and Off Shore operators,” said George
Ferito, Director, Rotorcraft Business Development. “We have also developed visual scenes for news
gathering, law enforcement and other mission specific training that will be available on simulators at our
VITAL X features continuous global satellite high-resolution imagery achieving exceptional
realism with tens of thousands of processed elements and millions of features integrated into animated
scenes of the real world.
The system supports hundreds of six Degree of Freedom fully articulated moving
models and 3D sea states and is capable of presenting environmental conditions experienced during all
phases of flight including physics-based atmospheric and weather effects and continuous time-of-day
The new highly detailed low altitude visuals include mountainous terrain, accident scenes, pinnacle
landings, airports, hospital helipads, obstacles such as power lines, trees, and bridges and an oil rig
complete with lighting, and articulation of the model and sea state animations designed to enhance training
FlightSafety combines the VITAL X PC-IG with its unique cross-cockpit Crewview displays for
side-by-side aircraft simulators while incorporating the company’s WASP (Wide Angle Single Pilot)
display for fighter jet applications. The Rigid Mirror Crewview provides the largest cross-cockpit-view
It enhances visual clarity and brightness while eliminating image degradation and
edge band distortion found in many traditional displays.
VITAL X has been certified for training by
aviation authorities worldwide including the FAA, CAA, JAA, EASA, JCAB, DGAC, ECAA, CTA, TCCA
as well as U.S. military SimCert.
FLIGHTSAFTETY OFFERS CREW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
COURSE DESIGNED FOR HELICOPTER OPERATIONS
FlightSafety International is pleased to announce
Crew Resource Management training designed specifically for helicopter operations.
Helicopter pilots, flight assistants, air ambulance crews, maintenance personnel and flight
operation specialists will all benefit from this scenario-based training program. The topics
covered during this four-hour course include Human Factors, teamwork, communication,
situational awareness, aeronautical decision making, leadership and safety.
FlightSafety’s goal in developing and offering Crew Resource Management (CRM)
training is to instill interpersonal skills that enhance appropriate and correct decision making, and
the working relationships between helicopter crew members with the objective of developing an
increased focus on safety and the overall efficiency of flight operations.
“Many of our Customers have already taken advantage of this new CRM course at our
Helicopter Learning Centers in Fort Worth, Texas and West Palm Beach, Florida,” said Scott
Fera, Vice President, Marketing. “They appreciate the comprehensive, real-world approach we
have taken and agree that adopting the principles and practices outlined in the course will
contribute to the safety of helicopter operations.”
FlightSafety provides a wide variety of initial, recurrent, enrichment and eLearning
courses for pilots and maintenance technicians and other aviation professionals who operate and
support helicopters manufactured by American Eurocopter, Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky as
well as mission specific training programs for other aircraft types.
The company offers a fleet of 15 full flight simulators and other advanced training
devices located at its Helicopter Learning Centers in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Lafayette,
Louisiana; Tucson, Arizona; West Palm Beach, Florida, and at the Farnborough airport in the
Helicopter operators who train with FlightSafety benefit from comprehensive training
programs provided by highly qualified and experienced instructors and MATRIX, the company’s
integrated training system.
MATRIX offers DeskTop and Graphical FlightDeck simulators for
instructor led and self-paced instruction as well as the SimVu simulator session debriefing