Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa expands Training Services with new helicopter flight simulator
20 June 2016
Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) has
commissioned its first flight simulator for single helicopters, expanding the range of pilot
training services it provides at its Grand Central Airport base near Johannesburg.
The Flight Navigation Procedures Trainer (FNPT) is based on the widely-used single-engine Airbus Helicopters H125 (formerly AS350) “Squirrel” aircraft, of which over 170 are in service in Africa and other territories in AHZA's region with 70 operators including law enforcement agencies in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Lesotho and Malawi.
"The addition of this new simulator enables us to offer a fully comprehensive, very costeffective and low-risk training package for AS350 / H125 pilots in the region. It augments the already proven training systems that we have in place for aircrew and technicians who fly and maintain our products. It will also make a significant contribution to improving flight safety in the region," said Arnaud Montalvo, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa.
Entry into service of the FNPT follows its certification by South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority on 21 April 2016.
Its high-fidelity simulated visuals and realistically-reproduced flight conditions, including day, night, good and adverse weather in addition to systems and mechanical failures enable the creation of challenging and unique flight scenarios, designed to help crews improve their operational proficiency, situational awareness and decision-making skills.
The FNPT’s core is a full-scale replica of a H125 / AS350 cockpit with all of its navigation, flight control and communications avionics. It is configured with dual controls so that a student pilot and instructor can “fly” together.
Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa is also offering customised training courses specifically adapted to local operations and environments. The company also operates a Super Puma simulator for training aircrew operating large-category helicopters. It is the only full-motion helicopter simulator in Africa and is situated on the Denel campus, adjacent to Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport.
About Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA)
Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa was formed in 1994 and has its headquarters at Grand Central Airport (Gauteng). AHZA also has a satellite base at Cape Town International Airport and a line maintenance facility at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. It supports a regional fleet of approximately 150 turbine helicopters in service with emergency medical rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection, infrastructure servicing and commercial operators. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of its parent company, Airbus Helicopters S.A.S.
About Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters is a division of Airbus Group. The company provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions to its customers who serve, protect, save lives and safely carry passengers in highly demanding environments. Flying more than 3 million flight hours per year, the company’s in-service fleet includes nearly 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in 154 countries. Airbus Helicopters employs more than 22,000 people worldwide and in 2015 generated revenues of 6.8 billion Euros. Airbus Helicopters’ ambition is to go from the biggest to the best, becoming the benchmark in the industry for helicopter manufacturing.