Becoming one of the largest helicopter training centers globally

Helsinki Airport, Finland (July 26, 2016), Coptersafety – an independent helicopter flight training service provider, has today announced the order of five new Full Flight Simulators (FFS) and the construction of a new Flight Training Center to a host variety of Full Flight Simulators. The center will be located in the vicinity of Helsinki Airport, Finland next to the existing Coptersafety facility.

“With the current investment, we want to take the next step in improving helicopter operators’ safety performance by offering our mission-specific simulator training for a wider range of helicopter types. At Coptersafety we strongly believe in simulator-based training, it’s our core business, and that’s why we want to make this significant investment in the helicopter pilot training domain”, says Coptersafety’s CEO Mikko Dahlman.

Coptersafety has selected TRU Simulation + Training – a Textron Company – to deliver five Level D Full Flight Simulators representing Airbus Helicopters H125 and H145, and AgustaWestland AW169 and AW189. The fifth FFS will be decided in the coming months in response to market conditions. Also, Coptersafety will follow the possibility of converting the H145 simulator to be H135/H145 compatible in the future. All Full Flight Simulators will be certified to EASA/FAA Level D.

“TRU is very excited to have this opportunity to work closely with Coptersafety, combining our innovative ODYSSEY H FFS products with Coptersafety’s world-class training program,” says Ian Walsh, TRU’s President, and CEO. “Together we share a common vision of utilizing innovation and technology to provide superior mission training solutions to the global Helicopter market.”

TRU will employ its industry-leading ODYSSEY H FFS simulator platforms and debriefing stations, with Rockwell Collins EP-8100 image generation systems to provide an immersive and most realistic training experience with technologies, previously used in military helicopter applications such as the new WholeEarth world model and laser-illuminated high fidelity projectors.

All the new simulators will be ready for training by late 2018

Installation of the new simulators will start in late 2017, with the H145 being the first simulator to be installed and available for training in Q4/2017 in conjunction with the introduction of the new training facility. Coptersafety’s new Training Center will provide the very latest amenities and highest levels of customer, instructor and employee premises to host up to eight simulator bays.

“The location has proven successful for our current operations with the AgustaWestland AW139 Full Flight Simulator, which is why we wanted to expand our simulator fleet and facilities at Helsinki Airport to improve the training and safety performance possibilities for our current and prospective customers,” adds Hannu Marjoniemi, Coptersafety VP, Strategy & Finance.

Simulation training benefits from a dedicated and compact facility

A well-organized and compact training center will help pilots and their instructors to focus on the training, from briefing to simulator training and debriefing. The new facility provides much-needed space for helicopter pilots and instructors to meet up and share experiences.

To provide unmatched levels of training services to Coptersafety’s customers, Coptersafety will also further invest in key personnel.

Coptersafety will stick with its instructor policy of employing only pilots who fly actively in Search and Rescue, Oil and Gas, Emergency Medical Services. Also, actual flying of the new H125 investment, and Aerial Work and Law Enforcement missions is required. This enables the trainees to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices with our customers,” explains Mikko Dahlman.

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