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Airbus Helicopters


To maintain confidentiality, Airbus Helicopters does not release the names of


its military clients. However, Airbus


Helicopters has 26 training centers and 22 full flight simulators located globally, including its Airbus Helicopters Training Services (AHTS) facility in Marignane, France, where military pilot and maintenance training is provided. AHTS has trained more than 50,000 military personnel and civilians over the last 50- plus years, and is certified to the EASA Part FCL (flight crew license) standard and to the AQAP 2110 standard for NATO military personnel. AHTS has 82 instructors with operational civilian and/ or military experience, experience being 28 years.


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“We provide access to high-fidelity training media and our training documentation is up-to-date,” said Laurence Petiard, Airbus Helicopters spokeswoman. “We are working more and more towards complex mission training for our military customers, instead of just simple flight simulators. For example, we can set up interconnections between simulators in order to create a multi-helicopter simulation with virtual targets for mission training. This is far more complicated and costly to do with real


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equipment,” she added. In addition, Airbus Helicopters is also working to provide mission training for complete crews in the next couple of years that will include the cockpit coupled with the cabin, the console, and using an augmented reality helmet for the winchman and/or gunman.


120,000 customers, with a throughput of approximately 1,900 pilots and 1,800 maintenance technicians annually. About 600 pilots a year are trained in Bell helicopters for the U.S. military, at a total of 60,000 flight hours,” said Scott Clifton, a manager for Bell Helicopter Global Military Business Development.


Bell Trains U.S. Military


For the past 40 years, Bell Helicopter has been providing supplementary ground and flight school training to military pilots in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines. In fact, Bell is only second to the U.S. military when it comes to training and producing helicopter pilots and maintainers. “To date, the Bell Training Academy has trained around


Bell’s military pilot training is based upon the proven Bell 206A platform, specifically the TH-57 that was also purchased by the Navy for its in-house program in the 1970s. “Our Marine and Navy students begin by training in the fixed-wing Beechcraft T-34, currently being replaced by the turboprop T-6B,” Clifton said. From there


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