Eurocopter, April 16, 2013 - The AS350 Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD) at American Eurocopter’s Grand Prairie, Texas headquarters facility is the world’s most technologically advanced single-engine helicopter simulator, allowing highly realistic mission training for airborne law enforcement, medical services and other operators.
Incorporating a complete AS350 cockpit and cabin, along with the comprehensive installation of avionics and mission equipment, this Level B full-flight simulator enables demanding flight and mission scenarios to be created and executed – all with the safety and cost-effectiveness of a ground-based training system.
Instrumentation for pilots includes a full avionics suite with autopilot in a night vision goggles-compatible cockpit. The law enforcement mission suite for a tactical flight officer in the cabin brings together such equipment as a FLIR sensor, moving map system, tactical radios and slaved searchlight, along with the capability to train personnel in the airborne use of force.
Operational scenarios: Equipped with a full-motion platform and a high-resolution 240 X 80 deg. field-of-view visual system, the AS350 FSTD recreates realistic operating scenarios – including flight through metropolitan areas as Los Angeles and Dallas; in over-water missions and through areas of mountainous terrain; along with landings at hospitals, accident scenes and urban helipads.
Training opportunities cover emergency procedures, single-pilot and crew resource management, night vision goggles operations, along with instrument, transition, emergency procedures and recurrent training certified to CFR Part 141 and 142.
Airborne law enforcement scenarios with interaction between pilot and tactical flight officer include patrol, vehicle and foot pursuits, homeland security missions, and airborne use of force for SWAT personnel operating 5.56 and 7.62 mm weapons – with playback scoring of shots.
Convertible for the AS350 B2 and B3: The AS350 simulator is convertible for the AS350 B2 and B3 models equipped with the vehicle and engine multifunction display (VEMD), and includes a tactical command console that facilitate the direction and monitoring of training by chief pilots and agency incident commanders. The console doubles as a pilot or team debriefing station in post-flight mission reviews.