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FlightSafety International has announced a significant expansion of the training programs it offers for the Sikorsky S-70 helicopter.
FlightSafety now offers FAA-approved instrument flight rules (IFR) training in a Sikorsky S-70 Level D qualified simulator. This includes unrestricted S-70 type rating and ATP courses as well as a 61.58 pilot in command proficiency check. A new FAA-approved S-70A visual flight rules (VFR) variant course is also offered.
The S70 and S-70i training programs and simulators are designed to increase pilot proficiency and enhance safety in both routine and unexpected operating conditions. The simulators are capable of replicating a wide variety of scenarios that enable pilots to experience situations that would be too dangerous, too impractical or impossible to practice in an aircraft. This includes major systems failures, heavy icing and power loss under hot and high conditions.
The simulators are now configured for firefighting scenarios. This new capability includes simulated belly tank/snorkel and Bambi Bucket external loads with emergency jettison. The VITAL 1100 visual system installed in the S-70i simulator presents visual scenes that accurately depict firefighting scenarios that can be tailored to the specific area of operations. The simulators are also equipped for night vision goggle (NVG) training. NVG goggles and helmets are provided by FlightSafety during simulator training.
Veterans with Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk experience can now earn an S-70 FAA type rating and ATP through an abbreviated course. Funding for these courses may be available through the Veterans Education Assistance Program offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
FlightSafety has served as a factory-authorized training provider for Sikorsky for nearly a quarter-century. Highly qualified and experienced instructors provide Sikorsky S-70 pilot, maintenance manager and maintenance technician training using full-flight simulators, production aircraft maintenance trainers and the MATRIX integrated training system.
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. Over 2,000 highly qualified instructors provide more than 1.4 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories.
FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at learning centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom.