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CAE Launches New Immersive Civil Helicopter Mission Simulator

CAE generated some notable buzz at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo conference in Houston in February, launching a family of new, affordable helicopter mission simulators for the previously underserved civil heli- copter market. The first CAE 3000 Series simulator will be available for training by the summer of 2010.

CAE demonstrated a fixed-based ver- sion of the new CAE 3000 Series and the typical reaction of those who experienced a demo flight was simply, “Wow.” “This new CAE simulation capability offers unprecedented realism for heli- copter-specific mission training, includ- ing offshore, emergency medical services, law enforcement, long line, high-altitude,

corporate, and other operations,” said Jeff Roberts, CAE’s Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Ser- vices. “The CAE 3000 Series solution is designed for a market which currently conducts most training in the aircraft and has been seeking new ways to improve safety and efficiency. We have developed the product family with extensive input from our Helicopter Advisory Board, which includes pilots, operators, manu- facturers, and insurers.”

The CAE 3000 Series simulators are part of a comprehensive suite of simula- tion-based training solutions for the civil helicopter market. The portfolio includes full-flight simulators, flight training de- vices, integrated procedures trainers, desk-

top virtual flight and maintenance train- ers, and self-paced computer-based train- ing and e-learning courses.

Simulation Improves Safety And Efficiency

Simulation improves safety by enhanc-

ing pilot proficiency and eliminating risks of training in the aircraft. The simulation environment enables risk-free exposure to events not suitable to train in the aircraft. According to CAE, training in a CAE

3000 Series helicopter simulator costs less than training in a turbine-powered heli- copter, extends the service availability of aircraft fleets (capital), and frees up fleet aircraft for revenue-generating operations (opportunity).

Unprecedented Visual Realism

The fixed-based version of the CAE 3000 Series features CAE’s industry-lead- ing three-degree-of-freedom vibration plat- form, as well as a CAE Tropos-6000 visual system with direct projection dome, high- definition commercial off-the-shelf projec- tors, and up to a 220-degree horizontal by 80-degree vertical field of view display system with chin window coverage. CAE is also offering full-motion six-degree-of- freedom versions of the CAE 3000 Series.

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