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Thales FFS for Caverton strengthens French-Nigerian relations
The Thales FFS, an advanced commercial helicopter simulator, is now operational at Caverton's training centre. The simulator allows pilots to train in safety for a variety of complex situations including adverse weather.
Nigerian operator Caverton Helicopters and Thales have signed the acceptance of the Reality H full flight simulator configured for the AW139 helicopter.
Read this story in our May 2021 printed issue.

Nigerian operator Caverton Helicopters and Thales have signed the acceptance of the Reality H full flight simulator configured for the AW139 helicopter, installed in Caverton's brand-new training centre located at the Murtala Muhammad International airport in Nigeria.

The Thales FFS, which is one of the most advanced commercial helicopter simulators in the world, is now operational at Caverton's training centre. The simulator allows pilots to train in complete safety for a variety of complex situations, including adverse weather conditions, helicopter failures and emergencies, that could occur in the during actual flight operations.

With this new training centre, soon to be certified by the Nigerian and European civil aviation authorities (NCAA and EASA) at the highest level, Caverton will provide initial type rating, continuous training and proficiency checks, for offshore and onshore missions as well as VIP transport operations. This training is intended for Caverton's pilots as well as AW139 helicopter operators based on the African continent.

Riester says: “This amazing simulator is another illustration of a success story between France and Nigeria and the strength of the partnership between Thales and Caverton. Supported by Bpifrance on export credit, this project involves unprecedented top technology at the scale of Africa, allowing Nigeria to fulfil its ambition to become the training hub of the region.”

Aderemi Makanjuola, chairman of parent company Caverton Offshore Support Group (COSG) adds: “We are excited to have reached this significant milestone of acceptance of the simulator, in spite of the various delays and setbacks brought about by the pandemic. This was made possible through the tenacity of the teams within Caverton and Thales and has birthed an even stronger partnership between both our organisations. We look forward to the ongoing support of both the NCAA and EASA to enable us commence flight simulator training, which will no doubt increase safety and service delivery to our esteemed clients.”

Thales VP of training and simulation Peter Hitchcock concludes: “Working together with Caverton through this unprecedented health crisis, we have safely finalised the shipping, commissioning and acceptance of the first level D full flight helicopter simulator in Africa, representing a major milestone in the continued effort to improve the efficiency and safety of flight operations.”

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