September 14, 2017 – The Airbus Helicopters Training Academy in Germany has announced their H145 simulator has been awarded level D status by the German Federal Aviation Office, which is the highest possible certification for a full flight simulator. With this new airworthiness authority approval, more training hours accumulated by pilots in the full flight simulator will be able to be logged as actual flight hours.
This full H145 simulator provides both national and international customers with a wide range of training opportunities, specifically missions under extreme flight conditions for practicing various emergency procedures. Not only is this the world’s first certified full flight simulator for the H145, but it is also the first helicopter simulator in Germany to receive the EASA level D certification. In order to achieve the level D certification, simulators must meet a number of criteria which includes the ability to move in six directions, provide a field of view of at least 180 degrees, work with realistic acoustic and visual simulations, and perform several special motion effects. The new simulator in Donauwörth fulfils and partially exceeds the requirements.
An additional important feature of the new simulator is that it can accommodate developments that are still on the horizon: the simulator cockpit developed and constructed in-house by Airbus Helicopters can be easily rolled on and off the simulator, allowing it to be replaced with other configurations. This guarantees maximum flexibility with regards to future helicopter variants or configurations.
The H145 simulator is suitable for pilots’ initial training and refresher courses, for specific instruction on emergency procedures, for flights according to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), in offshore conditions and at night (with night vision goggles), as well as for Cat. A operations. Each year, more than 400 pilots pass through the Training Academy in Donauwörth, completing over 1,500 flight hours in the process.
“Thanks to the world’s first H145 simulator, we can provide our customers with an excellent training environment,” explains Charles Hebeka, Head of Airbus Helicopters Training Centres in Germany. “This is a further step we are taking together with our customers towards guaranteeing maximum flight safety when operating our helicopters.”
In order to make the H145 flight simulation as realistic as possible, the simulator is provided with an extensive H145 OEM level D data package from Airbus Helicopters and its suppliers. This includes H145 software, an original cockpit and further H145 parts, all of which guarantee the fully simulated and realistic functionality of the helicopter, its engines and the Helionix avionics suite. Furthermore, the simulator has been tested and validated by the design experts, flight test engineers and test pilots who were involved in the development of the H145. It has been built in cooperation with Indra Systems, a Spanish flight simulator manufacturer.
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