Elite sim­u­la­tors for heli­copter flight train­ing in Brazil


Elite Sim­u­la­tion So­lu­tions, with the sup­port of its newly es­tab­lished rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in Brazil, achieved an im­por­tant sale in that coun­try. The cus­tomer specif­i­cally sought out Elite be­cause he knew of the com­pany’s rep­u­ta­tion for de­sign­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing world-class flight sim­u­la­tors pow­ered by stan­dard PCs.

The cus­tomer is the re­cently es­tab­lished Global Avi­a­tion Academy based in Cu­ritiba, Brazil, which will spe­cialise in both heli­copter flight train­ing and the train­ing of heli­copter in­struc­tors.

The de­vice sup­plied by Elite is an Evo­lu­tion S623 heli­copter sim­u­la­tor con­fig­ured to repli­cate the Euro­copter AS350 Ecureuil (Squir­rel). It has been ap­proved by the Brazil­ian ANAC as an ad­vanced avi­a­tion train­ing de­vice (AATD).

The driv­ing force be­hind the pur­chase is the rapidly ex­pand­ing Brazil­ian oil in­dus­try, which needs he­li­copters to ser­vice its off­shore oil rigs. The Global Avi­a­tion Academy in­tends to spe­cialise in train­ing heli­copter pi­lots for off­shore work.

The new S623 features an orig­i­nal Garmin GNS530 GPS, a four chan­nel 55-inch LCD TV screen vis­ual set up with sep­a­rate chin bub­ble view, and Lockheed Martin P3D vis­ual soft­ware fea­tur­ing 3D de­pic­tion of over 22,000 air­ports world­wide.

João Fon­tana, Global Avi­a­tion Academy Di­rec­tor, said: “I have known Elite for many years and have been con­vinced about its high qual­ity train­ers, so I specif­i­cally sought them out.

“The high qual­ity of the S623 has ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions and train­ing needs for new heli­copter pi­lots, in IFR con­di­tions, tech­nol­ogy tran­si­tion, CRM and pi­lot skills tech­niques and the im­prove­ment of crew per­for­mance in op­er­a­tional sit­u­a­tions, com­bin­ing sim­u­lated flight with real-world sce­nar­ios.

“All this has been pos­si­ble thanks to the full and im­me­di­ate sup­port from the Elite team at all times, from ini­tial con­tact to the fol­low up af­ter the in­stal­la­tion of the S623 at our school.”

The new Elite rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in Sal­vador da Bahia has been set up to serve the whole of Latin and South Amer­ica, a com­bined re­gion where IAOPA has forecast a grow­ing de­mand for both fixed-wing and ro­tary pi­lots – over 12,000 new ones in the next decade.

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