Forca Aerea Brasileira, August 21, 2015 - The simulator of the H225 (civilian version) and H225M (military version) helicopters was opened on Friday August 21 during a ceremony at the Simulator Training Center of Helibras located in Rio de Janeiro.
The Brazilian armed forces have acquired 50 helicopters H225M which are called H-36 Caracal in Brazilian Air Force service. To date, 16 units have been delivered which together already totaled more than ten thousand flight hours in the country.
The Defence Minister Jaques Wagner, emphasized that it is essential to believe in Brazil, even in sensitive moments. For him, the global economic crisis, the fall of the oil prices and the fiscal adjustment of the Brazilian government can threat the development of projects such as the H-XBR, but we must continue to invest. "Let us build the Brazil of the future", he said.
During the ceremony, authorities and guests were able to see a demonstration of the simulator capabilities with a flight of the city of Rio de Janeiro scenery, performed by two of the three instructor pilots of Helibras. The first instruction course will take place next October 19 by Brazilian Army officers.
According to the Chief of the Air Force, Lieutenant General (Air) Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, soon pilots of the Brazilian Air Force will also begin their training in the simulator. He explains that this will represent savings for the FAB as today pilots are send to train in Europe. "We will significantly reduce costs and also provide better training to our military", he said.
The simulator, according to the Minister of Defence, is one of the most modern in the world. This is the only simulator to train the H225 helicopter model in the Americas.
Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre Anselmo Lima, one of the flight instructors, explains this is a Full Flight Simulator type, giving the maximum possible match with reality. The sounds, the vibration of the cabin and even the drive shaft of the helicopter are reproduced since the simulator is placed on a mobile base.
The difference between this simulator to others in the same category available in England, France, Indonesia and China is that new scenarios were developed with brazilian major cities and country's airfields: the so-called Brazilian Visual Database.
"With this possibility, pilots are trained in their real work environment. It is also possible to simulate weather conditions and different aircraft configurations", said Lt. Col. Anselmo.
Another capability of the simulator is the training of the FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) sensor.