Quality training is directly linked to pilots and flight crew proficiency, as well as their ability to safely operate rotorcraft in a full range of conditions and missions.
Airbus' helicopter division provides complete training solutions in 23 training centres throughout the world – from ab-initio up to recurrent, along with type rating and mission training for both pilots and technicians.
Some of these centres have state-of-the-art full-flight simulators equipped with OEM data packages that provide the most true-to-life experience possible. And many of them utilise full-scale mockups, available for some rotorcraft.
In 2015 alone, Airbus trained around 12,000 helicopter pilots and technicians, and recorded 7,900 helicopter flight and 29,000 helicopter simulator hours during training activities.
Qualification courses, known as type-rating training, are Airbus’ primary training support for helicopter pilots. They range from single- and multi-pilot, to renewal and instructor training courses.
Recent expansions to the training course catalogue focus on recurrent and mission training, such as emergency procedures, IFR (instrument flight rules) and night flight courses. The company also offers customised ground and in-flight training programs.
Many of these courses rely on state-of-the-art training technology such as full flight simulators, (FFS), flight navigation procedure trainers (FNPTs) and light training devices (LTDs), which provide realistic and cost-efficient mission-training that prepares pilots and flight personnel for real-world situations.
For users who prefer to train remotely, e-learning modules are available for some courses. Accessible remotely via a web application, these options help keep costs low and increase efficiency.
In addition, ab-initio pilot training is available at the company’s five ab initio training centers located in Mexico, Asia and Europe.
Technician training is another area of specialisation for Airbus, which offers type rating qualification courses for both avionics and airframes.
The curriculum involves both theoretical training and hands-on practice performed on full-size maintenance training helicopters and actual components, such as cockpits and gearboxes, to simulate real-world situations for maintenance personnel.
Specialised courses and refresher courses also are available, among other offerings.
Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT)
Airbus Helicopters has brought virtual reality to technician training world with the launch of a new Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT).
The VMT provides a real-time and free-play simulation of Airbus helicopters and their support equipment. It is designed to ease the training experience for students by:
Through this new pedagogical tool, Airbus will be able to provide the same level of technician training service to all operators. The VMT will be deployed throughout all Airbus Helicopters training centres around the world.
As Airbus’ full-motion training tool, FFSs are available at Helisim in France and various other locations close to customer operations. The Level D version of the FFS offers the highest level of training available on the market today, with the best fidelity, the latest technologies and the highest degree of customization. The OEM data package installed on the FFS ensures the most true-to-life experience possible.
Airbus’ FFS network has grown exponentially over the past few years. Currently they are available for the most popular helicopters in the range.
Airbus' helicopter instructor pilots can be dispatched to customer sites to join pilots on their missions, showing them the ins and outs of operating the rotorcraft in their actual environment and increasing their knowledge.
This form of on-site pilot assistance can be customised to an operator’s needs to support the safety and efficiency of their operations
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