Airbus Helicopters Japan has inaugurated Japan’s first full flight simulator (FFS) for helicopters, with this high-fidelity training system now ready for service at its facilities located in the Kobe Airport vicinity.
Toshizo Ido, Governor of Hydro Prefecture on the FFS. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Japan
The simulator is configured to represent the EC135 P2+, and has received Level C certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). With such airworthiness authority approval, training hours accumulated by pilots in the full flight simulator are now authorized to be logged as actual flight hours.
This full flight simulator represents the helicopter’s cockpit, instruments and systems, enabling aircrews to experience operations in all conditions – including emergency situations and flight in bad weather. Incorporating a standard EC135 flight data package developed by Airbus Helicopters, the simulator allows a full representation of the rotorcraft’s functionality, including its engines, autopilot, and all other systems by using real software and components. It is capable of simulating up to 195 malfunction situations, greatly enhancing the crews’ emergency handling abilities.