Saturday, September 1, 2007
Helicopter Training: From the Factories
Malaysian School Adds To EC120 Trainer Fleet
Malaysia’s Integrated Training & Services Sdn Bhd ordered two EC120Bs from Eurocopter at the Paris Air Show in June.
One of the leading helicopter training programs in Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region, Integrated Training is expanding its operations to meet what it says is growing demand for helicopter training. It has contracts from Malaysia’s government, including Malaysian army aviation, the Royal Malaysian Navy, the Royal Malaysia Police and the Fire and Rescue Dept. The company also has been negotiating a contract to provide training for Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency pilots and crewmen. The company currently operates three EC120 trainers at its Integrated Aviation Academy in Ipoh, Perak.
Incorporated in August 2002, Eurocopter Malaysia claims to hold the largest market share in the aviation industry in Malaysia. According to the company, a total of 13 Eurocopter types are certified in Malaysia.
FH1100 Academy: Slow But Steady
Late last year, the Van Nevel Helicopters Academy told Rotor & Wing that it was aiming to enroll 20-25 students this year. The school, an affiliate of FH1100 Manufacturing Corp., is not quite there yet, but is pressing ahead with its training activities.
Georges Van Nevel, president and CEO of FH1100, said the school’s "first graduates have been hired by industry and operators are impressed. We are giving the proper training for commercial pilots."
His company is remanufacturing and building new Rolls-Royce 250-C20B-powered FH1100s, which will be called VN1100s. Students train in the all-turbine fleet of those aircraft. Van Nevel’s Professional Pilot Training Program is designed to take students through certificated flight instructor and commercial ratings at prices comparable to programs using piston-powered helicopters. The company is limiting class size to about eight students, though Van Nevel said he hopes to raise enrollment beyond 20-25 next year.
Korea Aerospace Taps CAE for Transport Simulator
Korea Aerospace Industries is calling on CAE to design and manufacture a handling-qualities simulator to support development of a new transport and utility helicopter.
Under the South Korean military’s Korean Helicopter Program, KAI is working with Eurocopter on a $1.3 billion research-and-development effort aimed at producing an 8-ton-class transport capable of carrying 11 troops. The simulator CAE is developing will be used by the prime contractors as an engineering development tool to test and validate the handling qualities of the new helicopter. That logically could lead to follow-on work to provide flight-training devices and services.
The simulator will be used as a familiarization training device for test pilots. CAE plans to use a modular, open design for the simulator software to ensure maximum flexibility in adapting the simulator as the aircraft design changes.