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Monday, September 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: Era Gets FTD Ticket

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Era Helicopters’ new training center in Lake Charles, La. has obtained Level 6 qualification from the FAA for its EC135 CPDS P2+ flight simulator training device.

Built by Frasca International, the EC135 device offers an exact cockpit replication, duplicating both the single-pilot and dual-pilot instrument flight rules (IFR) configuration of that aircraft.

The unit is the first helicopter flight simulator training device qualified to Part 60, according to Paul White, general manager of Era Training Center. "This demonstrates Era’s commitment to advancements in providing the highest quality helicopter training services."

Frasca performed all aspects of the project, including flight testing, model development and certification. Era Training Center provided the helicopter for flight testing as well as aircraft, pilots and subject matter expertise.

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