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South Africa Joins Roster of International Training Partners at Helicopter Flight Training Center


Aerios Global is the first South African company to train at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) in Shreveport, Louisiana, and says they will be back annually.


The offshore and land-based


helicopter services company, stationed in Cape Town, currently operates a variety of aircraft including an EC120, AS350, AS365 and the newest addition, the EC145. The EC145 was retrofitted in Pennsylvania by Paradigm Aerospace Corporation, a Metro Aviation company, for Aerios.


Two pilots from Aerios Global recently spent a week at the HFTC in the western hemisphere’s first EC145 Level D full motion simulator.


mind,” said Pilot Stephen Merry.


we would not be able to do in real life in an actual aircraft.”


Compared with training they have completed elsewhere, Merry said, “This training is up there with the best training you can receive. On top of that, the people we worked with are incredibly friendly and professional.”


“It completely blew my “It is an


incredible training tool and we were able to do so many things in the simulator that


Merry and his colleague have traveled back home to South Africa to train their counterparts on the EC145, with plans to visit the HFTC annually for recurrent training.


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