Contributing to helicopter flight safety: Helisim and Eurocopter log the 100,000th hour of simulator training for international customers
Helisim today celebrated the 100,000th hour milestone for flight simulator sessions with international customers, marking a key milestone in its training of pilots on Eurocopter helicopters that directly contributes to the safety of operators worldwide.
Marignane, 13 June 2013
The value of Helisim’s services is the highly realistic flight experience provided in its ground-based simulators, enabling pilots to encounter even the most extreme operating conditions across a full range of civil, parapublic, governmental and military missions.
Helisim operates two full-flight simulators with motion systems that accommodate roll-on/roll-off Level D cockpits for the following rotorcraft: the EC225, EC155, AS332 L1 and AS332 Super Puma/Cougar, along with the AS365 N2 Dauphin/Panther. It also has a full-flight simulator for the NH-90 TTH tactical transport helicopter, along with one multi-cockpit Level 3 flight training device.
“Our training places pilots in real-life scenarios that cover everything from routine flight to the most demanding situations – all within the safe environment of our ground-based simulators,” said Helisim Chief Executive Officer Patrick Bourreau. “The commitment of our team is fully aligned with the goals of Eurocopter to ensure the safe operations of its customers – whatever type of missions they perform.”
Helisim training includes courses for helicopter type ratings, instrument ratings, maintenance flight checks, glass cockpit familiarization, line-oriented flight training, multi-crew coordination and cockpit resource management, along with the qualification of simulator training operators.
Mission-oriented training offered by Helisim covers offshore procedures, flight with night vision goggles, tactical flight, government and VIP operations, as well as combat SAR (search and rescue). Recurrent courses include all possible emergency procedures, within flight profiles covering instrument flight rules (IFR) and mountainous terrain flying to operations at helipads, in confined areas and to offshore platforms.
Situated nearby Eurocopter’s headquarters and production facility location in Marignane, France, Helisim trains an average of 3,000 pilots annually – performing approximately 14,000 hours of simulation per year. Helisim is co-owned by Eurocopter and Thales, with 45 percent shareholdings each, and Défense Conseil International, which holds the remaining 10 percent.
Founded in 2000, Helisim is dedicated to increasing flight safety through simulator-based training provided by a unique faculty of 15 highly-experienced instructors. Pioneering the Level “D” simulators, Helisim operates the high-end of rotary-wing simulation in which all possible emergency situations can be replicated. This unique feature allows pilots to safely master the entire flight envelope of their helicopters. Customers include trainees from the civilian, oil and gas, military and public services sectors. To date, Helisim has trained more than 22,500 pilots from 120 countries.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 22,000 people. In 2012, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 6.3 billion Euros, orders for 469 new helicopters and a 44 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports more than 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,780 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 148 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.