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Helicopters Otago puts faith in Entrol H45 sim
The Entrol H45 features a replica of Airbus Helicopters' integrated Helionix avionics suite. It perfectly simulates the experience of flying an H145, including the four-axis autopilot system, which increases flight safety.
Andrew McKay (far left), Graeme Gale (second from right) and Claudia Calleja (far right).

New Zealand rotary operator Helicopters Otago has purchased a H45 FNPT II MCC simulator from entrol. Based on the Airbus Helicopters H145 D3, this simulator will be installed at its Mosgiel base in early 2024, with which the entire Otago Helicopters team can train.

It will have the complete entrol technology package, including the 200ox70o FOV spherical visual, the debriefing station to review the exercises, the entrol vibration system and mission scenarios.

The entrol H45 features a replica of Airbus Helicopters' integrated Helionix avionics suite. It perfectly simulates the experience of flying an H145, including the four-axis autopilot system, which increases flight safety and reduces pilot workload.

With this new simulator, entrol remains firm in its commitment to technological advances in the sector and reaffirms its desire to meet the needs of its customers.

This will be the first entrol device installed in New Zealand, adding this country to the long list of entrol's customers worldwide.

Claudia Calleja, business manager at entrol, comments: “We are happy that Helicopters Otago trusted entrol for this project. With this simulator, we mark our first one in New Zealand, which is a huge achievement for us. We hope to establish a long-lasting bond with Helicopters Otago, fostering strong ties between our organisations for years to come.”

Graeme Gale, CEO and founder of Helicopters Otago, states: “We believe a clear communication process is very important for business. entrol has been very approachable and clear. I am confident this simulator will enhance the safety of our training and will keep our pilots up to date with the complexity of the H145 and the ability to fly all the different IFR/PBN procedures. This simulator feels like a real aircraft, very similar to the H145 D3. It’s fantastic.”

Andrew McKay, who is in charge of flight standards licensing for the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, states: “This simulator is easily in the top 10 per cent I have tested.”

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