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Thursday, June 1, 2006

From The Factories

Compiled by R&W Staff

Sikorsky, FlightSafety Expand Training Programs, Planning Three New Sims

FlightSafety International and Sikorsky Aircraft are undertaking what the companies said is a significant expansion of their comprehensive customer training program with the addition of one S-92 simulator and two S-76C+/C++ convertible simulators.

"We are making this additional investment to support the large number of Sikorsky aircraft operators that rely on FlightSafety for the best professional training," said FlightSafety Executive Vice President Jim Waugh. "The expansion of our partnership with Sikorsky reinforces FlightSafety's position as the world's leading provider of business aircraft training."

"The addition of these new simulators will enhance the service available to our valued customers and support the rapidly growing fleet of commercial Sikorsky helicopters," said Mick Maurer, Sikorsky's vice president of commercial programs. "This is a clear demonstration of Sikorsky's commitment to safety and the importance of simulator-based professional training."

The three new simulators are expected to enter service in 2007 and are to include FlightSafety's 200X60-deg. field-of-view VITAL visual system and electric motion and control loading technology. The simulators are to be designed in conjunction with Sikorsky's engineering and flight test team "to ensure they offer the highest level of fidelity and replicate the exact flying characteristics of the aircraft," a joint statement by the companies said.

The S-92 simulator is planned for FlightSafety's new London Farnborough Training Center. FlightSafety's West Palm Beach Learning Center will offer training on the first new S-76 C+/C++ convertible simulator. The location of the second S-76 simulator will be determined according to customer requirements. All three simulators will be qualified for both FAA and JAA training.

EADS Sets Up Quad A Scholarship

EADS North America has made a $35,000 contribution for the creation of an annual educational scholarship to be administered by the Army Aviation Assn. of America Scholarship Foundation.

The EADS North America Distinguished Scholar Endowment "will support worthy candidates selected by the scholarship foundation who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in aerospace or related technical fields," the company said.

Eligible candidates include Quad A members and their immediate family members. The company's donation will be matched by a commitment of up to $15,000 from the scholarship foundation. EADS North America's contribution to establish the endowment was presented by David R. Oliver, Jr., executive vice president and chief operating officer of EADS North America, during the annual meeting and luncheon at Quad A's 2006 convention in Nashville, Tenn.

EADS North America is the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. EADS is the parent of (among other companies) Eurocopter and Airbus, both of which are seeking major U.S. defense procurement contracts. EADS North America is a contender, with a bid based on Eurocopter's EC145, for the U.S. Army's Light Utility Helicopter contract, which envisions acquisition of 322 aircraft.

Billing itself as a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America claims it and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $8.5 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 174,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. With 11 operating companies located in 30 cities and 15 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

Robinson Expands Safety Course to Clear Backlog From Record Sales

Robinson Helicopter Co. has expanded the safety course it offers for pilots to help clear the backlog of new pilots and flight instructors created by the company's booming sales.

The Torrance, Calif. Manufacturer, coming off two record sales years, has doubled the frequency at which it offers the courses to twice a month and increased the average class size to 60 or so students. Classes are conducted at Robinson's factory.

While geared toward flight instructors, the course is open to any rated helicopter pilot who has at least 3 hr. in the R22 or R44, one of which must have been flown within 30 days of attending the course.

The 3.5-day course includes 2.5 days of classroom instruction and one devoted to maintenance, pre-flight inspections, and flying with an experienced Robinson pilot in the R22 or R44. It opens with a review of past R22 and R44 accidents, their causes and how they could have been avoided. Other topics are helicopter theory, critical flight conditions, and a tour of the factory.

The course also covers the R22 and R44 pilot operating handbooks and maneuver guides, the R22 flight training guide and pertinent regulations, R22 and R44 systems, maintenance and pre-flight procedures and 6090 min. of flight training with an experienced Robinson flight instructor. The Awareness Training required by Special Federal Aviation Regulation 73 is also included.

The class is taught in English, so all attendees must understand English. For information, contact Robinson at (310) 539-0508 or www.robinsonheli.com.

New Academy's First FH1100 Class This Month

The Van Nevel Helicopters Academy plans to start its first FH-1100 June 28. Initial class size will begin with 10 to 12 students 4 helicopters, 1 simulator and 3 instructors. Classes will begin every 6 to 8 weeks with an increasing class size as more helicopters and instructors come on line. Currently, Van Nevel Helicopters has 9 aircraft on the production line allocated to the flight school and scheduled to become available by the end of this year. Projections for 2007 include the increase to 20 helicopters and the addition of three new helicopters every year. Advanced training will be conducted in the new Chelton Equipped Model VN1100 once approved, giving students in depth training on systems of today's helicopters.

Van Nevel Helicopters Academy has gained approval from Pilot Finance to offer loans up to $20,000. Although this funding will not take students through the complete Professional Pilot Training program, it will enable prospective students the ability to start their training, or pick up where they left off at another flight training facility. The financing will also give those who choose to get one rating the ability to enter the course of instruction. Academy Director, Cedric Van Nevel, reports that the application for CATS testing center has been submitted and is expected to be approved by mid to late April. Van Nevel also indicates that the Academy will also be able to offer other means of financing such as Sallie Mae, and Pilot Career Foundation by early May. This source of financing will give students who seek to make flying a career the ability to go through the complete Professional Pilot Training Program and will provide means of paying not only for training, but campus housing and some incidentals as well.

The Professional Pilot Training Program will be priced under $60,000 for students that have no flight experience and will take them from Private Pilot to Certified Flight Instructor using their model 1100 helicopter which is powered by the Rolls Royce 250-C20B turbine engine. Students who will be entering the course with previous flight experience or those who wish to transfer to the Academy from other flight schools will need to submit their flight time on the application and an estimate of the cost to complete their training will be assessed by the Academy Director.

Other goals on the Director's agenda include FAR Part 141 Pilot School Certification, Title IV Accreditation, and approval for the issuance of M1, J1 Visa for foreign students. Additional information can be obtained and will be posted as it becomes available on the factory's web site www.fh1100.com.

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