This website uses cookies
More information
Business Air News Bulletin
Business Air News Bulletin
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Why visit ACE ’24?

Related background information from the Handbook...
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Request your printed copy

First Reality H device in the US arrives courtesy of Helisim
Developed by Thales, the Level D H145 full flight simulator is one of the most advanced simulators on the market, thanks to the integration of Airbus Helicopters avionics and software suite and a larger field of view.
Equipped with Airbus Helicopters avionics and software suite, the simulator will provide the most true to life experience while allowing the safety of simulation training for a variety of real world situations.

The Helisim simulation centre, located inside the Airbus Helicopters facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, has inaugurated a new Thales Reality H full-motion flight simulator, the first of its kind in the region.

Helisim LLC, a subsidiary of Helisim SAS, has already invested $22 million for the new simulation centre. The H145 simulator will offer the possibility for pilots to perform their initial and recurrent H145 training in the Americas, with customers already booked to begin training later this month.

“The H145 is already recognised as the most versatile light twin helicopter around the world, used in market segments such as EMS, law enforcement, military, oil and gas and private aviation,” says Romain Trapp, president of Airbus Helicopters and head of the North America region. “With this brand new state of the art H145 Level D full flight simulator, our North American customers can experience the highest levels of H145 training in their own backyard.”

The 18,500 sq ft Helisim simulation centre was designed to house two simulator bays, with the possibility to expand to hold three simulators in the future as needed. The training centre also operates an H125/AS350 full flight simulator and an EC135/EC145 flight training device.

This represents a major international expansion of France-based Helisim, a joint venture of Airbus Helicopters, Thales and DCI which brings 20 years of experience in simulation training with Airbus Helicopters.

“With this new training centre, we are able to offer the best simulator-based training to H145 operators,” comments Jean-Charles de Troy, Helisim MD. “With outstanding equipment and software implemented, including an OEM simulator data package, along with integrating Airbus helicopter flight instructors, our goal is to offer a reliable and true-to-mission training experience to H145 pilots.”

Developed by Thales, the Level D H145 full flight simulator is one of the most advanced simulators on the market, thanks to the integration of Airbus Helicopters avionics and software suite, a larger field of view, 4K projection technology, the unique Thales full electric Hexaline motion and a new intuitive touch screen instructor station.

“The Thales Reality H simulator is deployed all over the world for civil and military use, and Thales is proud to have the first Reality H in the United States at Helisim in co-development with Airbus,” states Alan Pellegrini, CEO of Thales in North America.

Equipped with Airbus Helicopters avionics and software suite, this simulator will provide the most true to life experience while allowing the safety of simulation training for a variety of real world situations. The simulator becomes Airbus Helicopters' second H145 full flight simulator, the first being located in Germany. The North America training centre is one of 18 training and simulation centres run by Airbus Helicopters worldwide and trains upwards of 1,500 pilots and maintenance personnel every year in Grand Prairie, which, as part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, has seen significant growth and local investments in recent years.

Other News
 
French government awards fleet support contract to Babcock and Airbus
May 13, 2024
France's Ministry of the Interior has tasked Babcock and Airbus with supporting 48 EC145s across France and its overseas territories, and with fleet renewal by H145s. Deliveries start this year.
Air Center Helicopters covers H225 fleet with Airbus HCare
March 1, 2024
With this contract, Air Center's entire fleet of Airbus H225 helicopters will benefit from the HCare In-Service part availability contract.
Bristow signs framework contract for up to 15 H135s
February 29, 2024
The H135 has proven itself to be a very capable helicopter at Bristow, both for missions offshore and overland. Hence the decision to sign up for five more, possibly 15, and with Arrius 2B2 engines from Safran.