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see more credits being recognized by Aviation Authorities toward the requirements of pilot certificates. Other training that make good use of simulator technology include: • Flying on Night Vision Goggles in the “sim” before bat- tling with them at night in an unfamiliar cockpit.


• Sharpening the decision making process with Crew Resource Management (CRM) or Single Pilot Resource Management (SRM) scenarios.


• Giving real consideration to Human Factors (HF) by testing yourself in high pressure situations in a con- trolled environment., i.e., IIMC recovery procedures.


One last piece of advice, it is suggested to configure the


FTD cockpit as close as possible to the aircraft type that you are simulating, otherwise the training can have a negative effect. This is particularly important when operating more complicated multi- engine helicopters as you don’t want to develop any negative primal habits such as switching off the hydraulics in the FTD, when in the real aircraft, the switch in that position turns off the fuel!


Nick Mayhew, the author of this segment is General Manager of Bristow Academy in Titusville, FL. Bristow Academy currently has 2 campuses in the United States, and also provides European JAA/EASA, single pilot multi-engine instrument training in Gloucester, England. Titusville, FL operates 50 helicopters, employs over 130 employees, and is approved to conduct FAA, JAA (soon to be EASA) and military training. They operate an additional 12 helicopters from their New Iberia, LA campus, and 2 AS355s at their UK campus, and each training location utilizes one or more synthetic training devices. To learn more about the Bristow Academy, visit www.heli.com


FTD’s Here to Stay As FTDs continue to evolve and offer more sophisticat-


ed features, they will continue to play an increasing role in the primary flight training market. Two schools, two unique applications with the same message. Flight simulators, when used properly, offer affordable training, in a safe environ- ment with a variety of missions.


In today’s ever changing


world, technology is improving the industry with the flip of a switch. ◆


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