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Thursday, June 1, 2006

From The Field

Compiled by R&W Staff

Finnish Academy Orders Frasca EC135 FTD

The Finnish Aviation Academy in Pori, Finland, has ordered a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter flight training device (FTD) from Frasca International.

The FTD will be built to meet dual qualifications as a European Joint Aviation Authorities FTD 3 and a JAA flight navigation procedures trainer (FNPT) 3 multi-crew cooperation (MCC) device, the highest levels of JAA qualification available for each class of device. That should allow trainees using the device to gain considerable flight time credit. The device is to feature Frasca's TruVision visual system with an extensive, highly detailed database covering much of Finland, simulated electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) and vehicle and engine multi-function displays (VEMD), flight test validation data, blade element modeling, automatic certification testing, exact cockpit replication, electric control loading, multi-channel sound simulation and night-vision goggle compatibility.

The TruVision visual system is to be configured in a multi-channel configuration to provide a 200-deg. horizontal by 60-deg. vertical field of view. High-resolution projectors would be utilized to meet the resolution, brightness and contrast requirements of JAA FTD 3. The TruVision database is to include a large, geographically specific area of Finland. All airfields, buildings, roads, rivers, etc are to be depicted, allowing complete free flight throughout the database. Cities are to be modeled with correct roads and rivers and forests modeled with trees. All terrain is to be 3D, with mission-specific elements such as heliports, accident scenes, confined landing areas, ships at sea and more included. The database also is to include special effects critical to helicopter flying, such as a visible rotor disk, whiteout/brownout conditions, blowing smoke, blowing snow and power lines.

Frasca previously announced an order for an EC120 FTD for Singapore Technologies Aerospace to provide training to the Republic of Singapore Air Force. It is scheduled for deliver this year.

HAI Takes Educational Programs on the Road

The Helicopter Assn. International will be expanding its course offerings related to its Professional Education Series. HAI will be taking three of its courses “on the road” to Ontario, Calif. beginning July 11.

The Safety Management Course is a three-day course that provides students with the essential skills and materials required to develop, implement, and manage an organizational safety system. The course conforms to guidelines set forth in the Operator's Flight Safety Handbook, developed by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Safety Management Course will be offered July 11-13.

Coping with Crisis - Managing an Aviation Disaster will be offered on July 12. This course will help students to prepare and implement a crisis management plan in case of an aviation disaster. Topics covered include crisis containment, accident investigations, family assistance, crisis public relations, and handling the news media.

Defining Direct Operating Costs is directed towards those organizational leaders who deal with the finances of the company. This course will help students learn how to control and manage the costs associated with a helicopter operation, and will be offered on July 13.

All courses will be held at the Marriott Ontario Airport Hotel, 2200 East Holt Blvd., Ontario, Calif. For more information, contact Nicole Sonberg at 703-683-4646, nicole.sonberg@rotor.com, or visit www.rotor.com.

CAE to Upgrade, Add New European Military Sims

CAE has been awarded three contracts with a total value of more than C$22 million to upgrade two helicopter simulators in Europe, as well as to provide five years of support services for the UK Royal Navy's helicopter training systems.

CAE has been awarded a contract to upgrade the Lynx helicopter full- mission flight trainer (FMFT) at Naval Air Station de Kooy in Den Helder, Netherlands. The Lynx FMFT is part of the Joint Lynx Simulator Training Establishment (JLSTE) used by the armed forces of Norway, Denmark, Holland and Germany to train Lynx helicopter aircrews. The simulator is specifically designed so the Lynx FMFT can be reconfigured to ensure concurrency with the fleets of Lynx helicopters operated by the various nations. This latest upgrade, scheduled for completion in late 2007, will ensure concurrency with the German Navy's fleet of Lynx helicopters.

In addition, CAE has contracted with Agusta S.p.A., an AgustaWestland company, to design and manufacture another A109 cockpit for the A109 full- mission simulator that CAE is delivering to Rotorsim, a consortium owned equally by Agusta and CAE. Rotorsim is opening a training centre in Sesto Calende, Italy in summer 2006 and will be offering turnkey training to AgustaWestland customers operating the A109 and AW139 helicopters. The A109 full-mission simulator being delivered features CAE's revolutionary roll-on/roll-out cockpit design.

"We're pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with the Royal Netherlands Navy, which manages the JLSTE on behalf of the partner nations operating Lynx helicopters," said Donald W. Campbell, CAE's Group President, Military Simulation and Training. "We're also excited about the opening of the Rotorsim Training Centre this summer and believe AgustaWestland customers will be pleased with the high-fidelity synthetic training equipment we'll be delivering to Rotorsim."

CAE will also provide five years of training support services for the UK Royal Navy's helicopter training systems, including the Lynx Mk3 at Royal Navy Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton and Sea King simulators at RNAS Culdrose.

Helicopter Oral Exam Guides Now Available

Hundreds of books have been written for pilots working towards certificates and ratings of fixed-wing aircraft.

But while working on getting his helicopter instructor certificate, Ryan Dale saw the need for more resources specific to aspiring helicopter pilots. So he wrote "The Helicopter Oral Exam Guide" to fill that void. Based on the highly popular "Oral Exam Guide Series" by Michael D. Hayes, the book is intended to prepare pilots for the oral portion of their helicopter check ride for Private, Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and ATP certificates.

Hayes' Oral Exam Guides were written to help prepare applicants for their oral exams with FAA examiners. Using a question-and-answer format, each guide lists the questions most likely to be asked by examiners and provides succinct, ready responses. Pilots will find these guides indispensable tools in both planning for what to expect during the airplane check ride, and mastering the subject matter. Instructors rate them as excellent preparation for students, as well as preps for instrument proficiency checks, aircraft transitions, and as general refresher material. The publications are available through Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. Further details are available at www.asa2fly.com/product1.asp?SID=1&Product_ID=713.

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