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ERA Training Center

Announces Agreement with AgustaWestland

ERA TRAINING CENTER announced that it has entered into an agreement with AgustaWestland for the construction of two AW139 Flight Simulator Training Devices (FSTDs).

The first FSTD will be installed at Era Training Center’s facility in 2011 and will meet the certification requirements de- fined by FAA Part 60, Level 6. AgustaWestland, as prime contractor, has partnered with Frasca International, Inc. (Frasca) to support the development and production of the FSTDs, with work being carried out at Frasca’s facilities in the USA and at AgustaWestland’s facili- ties in Sesto Calende, Italy. Frasca built the two advanced Level 6 FSTDs, the AS350 B2 and the EC135 CPDS P2+ cur- rently offered for training programs by Era Training Center.

The FSTDs will represent the cockpit of a standard offshore AW139 helicopter, providing high fidelity replications and simulations of the controls, displays and systems to train aircrew on a range of ground and flight operations procedures. The FSTD’s visual system will provide real time, high brightness and high-reso- lution imagery with a 200 x 70 degree field of view presented on a spherical screen using TruVision™ Global, featur- ing worldwide coverage at a base map level. This base map includes over 10,000 runways, coastlines, representative terrain, rivers, roads, and more allowing the pilot to “fly” anywhere in the world and view representative terrain and runways in each area. TruVision™ Global features in- clude: variable time of day, sun/moon/star models, wave or sea state simulation, ur- ban lighting, moving automobile lights at night, improved entity support, and auto- matic building generation. EMS hospital and scene locations are incorporated into the database along with high resolution modeling of the Gulf of Mexico. A high-fidelity simulation of the heli- copter’s flight characteristics and a high- performance electric control loading system, providing high fidelity control forces, gives pilots a very realistic “fly- ing” experience. To add to the reality, the FSTDs have a high-fidelity simulation of

the avionics and helicopter systems (en- gine, fuel, etc) based on true aircraft data and a digital sound system for both in- structor/crew communication providing realistic aircraft and equipment aural cues. Each FSTD will also have an on-board

Instructor Operating System (IOS) located behind the crew seats so that the instructor can monitor crew training and control simulation. Control functionality includes scenario and sortie definition, malfunction injection and parameter freeze via a highly flexible and user-friendly workstation de- signed to optimise instructor workload. The FSTDs will also come with an off- board PC based debriefing station to re- view training sessions with the students. “We are very pleased to be acquiring the AW139 FSTD for our training needs, as well as offering its availability to other operators of this aircraft. Era believes the AW139 provides the highest level of com- fort and safety available for our customers and passengers, while ensuring that our flight crews have the necessary reserve power, control authority and stability to safely maneuver during those times when

a flight might encounter challenges. The AW139 FSTD will replicate the aircraft precisely, offer a high level of training for emergencies, as well as hon- ing mission specific proficiency and Crew Resource Management Skills,” states Paul White, General Manager, Era Training Center.

Era Training Center holds a CFR part 142 Certificate designating it as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approved Training Center. The Center trains a di- verse array of pilots from corporate air- craft providers, helicopter emergency medical flight services, airborne law-en- forcement personnel, offshore operators, government entities and other rotorcraft

professionals. ❚

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