New AW139 SIM gets key certification
March 20, 2013 ByCarey Fredericks
March 20, 2013, Sesto Calende, Italy - Rotorsim today announced that ENAC (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority) has certified a CAE 3000 Series AW139 full-flight simulator (FFS), jointly developed by AgustaWestland and CAE, to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators.
The new AW139 FFS, the third for Rotorsim, is the second located at the AgustaWestland Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. This simulator is installed in the new simulation building which will include up to nine FFSs and five FTDs (Flight Training Devices) further expanding the Training Academy capabilities.
John Ponsonby, Senior VP Customer Support & Training Services said: "This third AW139 simulator for Rotorsim includes added mission equipment features that allow us to deliver high quality mission training for roles such as search and rescue to our customers. The availability of this AW139 simulator further boosts our capacity to meet growing customer demand for high quality simulator training and the increasing fleet size for what is the world's best selling helicopter in its class."
"Helicopter operators are continuing to fully understand how simulation-based training is proven to be one of the best approaches for improving safety, operational efficiency and mission readiness," said Ian Bell, CAE's Vice President and Business Leader – Europe. "By formally certifying another AW139 simulator to Level D, Rotorsim is helping to ensure that operators of AgustaWestland helicopters receive access to the highest fidelity training systems."
The CAE 3000 Series helicopter mission simulator features unprecedented realism for helicopter-specific mission training, including offshore oil and gas producer (OGP), law enforcement, corporate VIP and other operations. The simulator enables pilots to practice challenging procedures without risk such as low-level flight, confined area operations, autorotation and landing on platforms at sea. The AW139 FFS for Rotorsim features AgustaWestland-developed flight dynamic model, avionics and aircraft software modeling, combined with CAE core simulation technologies, including: CAE True six degree-of-freedom (DOF) electric motion system and high-performance vibration platform to replicate vibration cues critical to helicopter pilots; a high-fidelity CAE Medallion-6000 visual system; and a direct projection 210 degree by 80 degree extreme field-of-view dome display system. This new AW139 FFS also features important mission kits such as SAR autopilot modes, FIPS (Full Icing Protection System), hoist and cargo hook operations with external cameras, EURONAV V digital map, AIS transponder, cockpit central display and floatation system.