Wednesday, July 1, 2015
CAE to Develop Offshore Training and Research Center
|Level D full flight simulators
provide the highest level of realism available on the civilian market.
Photo courtesy of CAE
CAE, a prominent Canadian training and simulation provider, has been chosen to develop the center and its Level D full flight simulator (FFS). As the highest level available for civilian training, a Level D FFS provides accurate force feedback on flight controls, realistic sensations of motion, aerodynamic performance and cockpit avionics. The FFS will accurately simulate offshore facilities and adverse weather conditions common in Cougar’s helicopter operations off the Atlantic coast, and it will also be the first such device approved in Canada for night vision training. CAE reports that it hasn’t yet received instructions on what helicopter configuration will be incorporated into the design, However, Cougar operates both the Sikorsky S-76 and S-92 for offshore missions, and in all probability one of these models will be chosen for the pilot interface.
In addition to flight training, the facility will double as a research center, which officials expect to create high-tech job opportunities and attract valuable R&D talent to the province. In particular, the center will host a series of research projects conducted by HMBC and Cougar employees to test new products and processes with the goal of improving offshore transport.