Sikorsky, Flight Safety expand training programs
March 7, 2013, Las Vegas, Nv. - Sikorsky Aircraft and FlightSafety International have jointly announced the development of eight Level-D full flight simulators for Sikorsky’s S-92, S-76 and S-70i helicopter platforms.
By Carey Fredericks
Currently in production, the simulators will expand access to OEM approved comprehensive aircraft training to Sikorsky customers in the USA, Brazil, Norway and South East Asia. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS), the company’s aftermarket business, implements and manages all training programs for Sikorsky’s military and commercial platforms.
“FlightSafety is a company whose name is synonymous with aerospace excellence and shares Sikorsky's commitment to safety. Our close working relationship ensures that operators benefit from the most up to date, OEM- approved and FAA-certified comprehensive training available today,” said David Adler, SAS President. “We are consolidating our military training (based initially on the BLACK HAWK helicopter platform) at our Sikorsky Training Academy in Oklahoma – scheduled to launch in September. In parallel, we will provide our commercial customers greater access to best in class simulator training at existing and new FlightSafety training centers around the world.”
Based on the agreement, eight new state of the art full flight simulators are being manufactured by FlightSafety. These simulators feature FlightSafety’s latest advances in aircraft fidelity technology which – coupled with OEM aircraft flight and control models – replicate the exact aircraft flight characteristics. The units are also equipped with FlightSafety’s 60” electric motion and control loading technology, and a proprietary rigid mirror display system. The simulators are designed to reduce maintenance requirements, improve reliability and maximize availability.
“FlightSafety will be opening Helicopter Learning Centers in Brazil, Norway and South East Asia to meet the increasing needs of our current and prospective customers. These will complement the training we already offer Sikorsky customers in Florida, Louisiana and the UK. We are committed to providing the highest quality training at conveniently located facilities,” said Bruce Whitman, FlightSafety President and CEO. “Proud to have served as the factory authorized training provider for Sikorsky since 1983, we greatly value the opportunity to support the increasing number of commercial, government, and military organizations worldwide that operate Sikorsky helicopters.”