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Wednesday, February 1, 2006

From The Field

Compiled by the R&W Staff

Emirates-CAE Ready For Mideast Bell Training

Gulf Helicopters plans to begin sending pilots to the Emirates-CAE Flight Training Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates during first quarter of this year. The two-year-old Emirates-CAE center near Dubai International Airport installed a new, CAE-built, Bell 412 full-motion simulator late last year, and expected to gain European JAA and U.S. FAA certification of it last month.

The simulator will also be used to train Gulf Helicopters' Bell 212 pilots, according to David Barette, the center's managing director. Gulf Helicopters is the first customer for the simulator, having signed a five-year exclusive training contract with Emirates-CAE during the 2004 Dubai Heli-Show (Rotorcraft Report, March 2005, page 15). It will train up to eight pilots per class, Barrette said. The Doha, Qatar-based operator had had its pilots trained in Europe.

Certification of the simulator will bring another set of pilots to the center. Bell Helicopter Textron has approved it as an Associated Training Facility for Middle East-based operators of 412s and 212s and plans to start sending pilots there once the FAA signs off on the sim. Emirates and CAE say the device is the first 412 simulator in the Middle East. The center also trains airline and corporate fixed-wing pilots and expects to have a total of 10 simulators in its 14-bay facility by the end of this year.--DWN

FlightSafety Links Up Black Hawk, Ship Sims

FlightSafety International is demonstrating a simulation network linking U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawks with the U.S. Navy's proposed Littoral Combat Ship that could have applications for commercial and civil missions. The first demonstration was conducted at FlightSafety's exhibit at the Interservice/Industry Training and Education Conference in Orlando, Fla. in November 2005.

The demonstration was to prove the capability to conduct simulator training in a "net-centric" environment. It linked two Black Hawk helicopter simulators, a Littoral Combat Ship Tactics Trainer bridge simulator and a Battle Master Station for collective training. The simulation allowed the pilots of the two Black Hawks to fly in formation to the ship, then break off and land individually.

Littoral Combat Ships are intended as fast, agile surface vessels designed to counter shallow-water threats in coastal regions, such as mines, diesel submarines and fast surface craft. One of the shipbuilders--the Navy has tapped Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics to produce the ships--provided simulation modeling data through FlightSafety's Marine Safety International affiliate.

The Black Hawk simulators use a graphical flight simulation matrix suite with touch-screen technology and flat-panel displays and FlightSafety's VITAL 8 and 9 visual database for mission-specific rehearsal training. Multiple trainers can be linked to a Battle Master Station for expanded training, including night-vision training, according to FlightSafety.

The networked system is also being considered for the commercial market, such as for law enforcement, and can be programmed to include activities such as surveillance and car chases, the company said.

The Littoral training simulator is portable, with an electrically controlled motion system and electrical flight-control loading. It has built-in power conversion capability for installation throughout the world.--DWN

King Schools Offers Garmin G1000 Course

King Schools is offering an interactive course designed to help pilots avoid the pitfalls, confusion, and expense of learning the Garmin G1000 integrated "glass-cockpit" avionics system in the air by getting ahead on the ground.

The course, "Cleared for Flying the Garmin G1000," is available on CD-ROM from the San Diego-based provider of aviation training videos and software.

"After taking this course, pilots will be prepared so well that their hands and eyes will automatically go to the right place," said John King.

The course covers VFR and IFR operations, navigation, communications, loading and activating instrument approaches, departure and arrival procedures, systems, what to do when things go wrong, and best operating procedures.

Interactive questions following each lesson test a pilot's knowledge of the G1000. King Schools has built a procedures trainer into the questions, allowing students to operate a simulated G1000 on their computer to practice using the steps and techniques they will use in the aircraft.

For more information, visit www.kingschools.com. --JmcK

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