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FRASCA Receives Order for S300/R44 Flight Training Devices from China


FRASCA International, Inc. has received an order for two helicopter flight training devices (FTDs) for China Flying Dragon General Aviation Co. Ltd, located in the Heilongjiang Province, China. The two S300/R44 FTDs will be convertible between the Schweizer S300 and the Robinson R44.


The FRASCA S300/R44 FTD is a high fidelity, dual-certified simulator for the Schweizer S300 and Robinson R44 helicopter. The simulator cockpit accurately replicates the aircraft, including panels, controls, and instrumentation. The simulator can easily be converted between the S300 configuration and R44 configuration. FRASCA certified FTDs allow safe and efficient training performed in the simulator instead of the aircraft. Additional features include FRASCA’s TruVision™ system providing highly realistic visual training environments.


Frasca’s light helicopter FTDs have become popular simulators in the worldwide helicopter training market. In addition to these two simulators for China Flying Dragon, Frasca recently delivered a S300/R44 FTD to Xin Lin Feng Teng GA Corporation in Guanghan, China, and a R44 FTD to Sky Safari in Shanghai, China. Additionally, Frasca has received an order for a R44 FTD to Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon.


“Flying Dragon is committed to training pilots to the highest proficiency level. We carefully evaluated several simulator suppliers and chose the Frasca S300/ R44 CAAC Certified Level 5 FTD. FRASCA products and services have excellent reputations, including a full service product and customer support center located in China,” stated Ms. Gong Quan, deputy general manager of China Flying Dragon’s Great Khingan Mountain Branch.


John Frasca, president and CEO of Frasca


International Inc. said “China


Flying Dragon’s addition of the FRASCA S300/R44 FTD illustrates expanding helicopter training operations as well as China’s continuing need for high quality, cost effective simulators. We are very appreciative that China Flying Dragon GA Co, Ltd. selected Frasca and look forward


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to further cooperation. The CAAC and Chinese flight training institutions give public safety a top priority and Frasca is honored to be a major contributor.”


Niu Tao, president of Lantech Engineering, Ltd., which is Frasca’s exclusive Chinese distributor and product/customer support partner located in Beijing, said “Frasca has a strong presence in China. Lantech and Frasca have a long successful working relationship with the CAAC and with numerous Chinese flight training centers. Frasca and Lantech are committed to ensuring the highest quality products to the Chinese flight training industry and uncompromised safety to the air traveling Chinese people”.


Following fit-out for EMS operations in Australia and crew training operations, the first helicopters will enter service during the first quarter of 2017 and will be operated under contract for NSW Ambulance on behalf of NSW Health within the Government of New South Wales. Introducing these helicopters is part of the NSW government’s commitment to improve its Helicopter Retrieval Network through the provision of higher quality clinical care.


The high-specification aircraft, including full medical and rescue equipment and winch, have been financed under a tripartite, 10-year arrangement with Westpac Banking Corporation, an existing financier of LCI and long-term naming rights sponsor of the helicopter operator.


Richard Jones, general manager at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service said, “After many years of planning, we are all extremely happy to receive the first of our new AW139 helicopters for deployment across the region. This first delivery of four helicopters in our contract with LCI is both progress in our story and a boost for our community-based service. The leasing arrangement we have in place with LCI for these AW139 helicopters will enable us to provide the highest level of service and care to the people of New South Wales.”


LCI Helicopters Delivers First AW139 to Australia’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service


Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has delivered the first new AW139 helicopter to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service based in Australia. The aircraft is currently en route and will arrive at Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s main base in Newcastle, New South Wales, in June to enable pilots along with rescue and medical crews to begin training.


This is the first of four AW139 helicopters to be leased from LCI and delivered over the coming months. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is a not-for-profit, community-supported operation providing essential aeromedical, search and rescue services. Each year the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service undertakes more than 1,400 missions across the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, New England, and North West regions of Australia.


LCI Executive Chairman Crispin Maunder added, “LCI is proud to be supporting the brave men and women of Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service who risk their lives to save others in emergency situations. This first delivery is a further step in the transformative upgrade process for the service as it deploys the latest helicopter technology in critical care missions. By the end of this year LCI will lease ten AW139 helicopters for aeromedical operations in Australia which highlights the important role that leasing has in this market.”


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