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Rega pilots get simulator help for Da Vinci transition
Swiss SAR and EMS provider Rega has ordered an advanced simulator to meet training requirements for its new fleet of Da Vinci and GrandNew light twins.

Swiss SAR and EMS provider Rega has ordered an advanced simulator to meet training requirements for its new fleet of Da Vinci and GrandNew light twins.

It says the simulator, designed and produced by AgustaWestland in Sesto Calende, Italy, will become operational in 2012. "The planned location is adjacent to Zurich airport," it adds. "This will help Rega maximise operational capabilities and contribute to safety and excellence."

Rega introduced the Da Vinci to succeed its fleet of A109K2s and ten out of 11 of the ordered helicopters have been delivered. The company says: "The last aircraft is scheduled to be a GrandNew helicopter featuring Rega-dedicated mission kits, which will add to the ten Da Vinci single pilot cockpit-equipped aircraft.

"The Da Vinci, a highly customised variant of the GrandNew, was specifically developed to meet Rega's requirements and will enable the operator to meet its mountain rescue requirements well into the 21st century." It adds: "The simulator will help familiarise pilots with the latest technology found in the GrandNew cockpit."

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