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EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy, the Middle East’s largest independent helicopter flight training academy supporting commercial and military operators, has signed a purchase agreement with Entrol for a Bell 505 flight training device (FTD) Level 2 simulator, valued at US$1.3 million.
The signing took place on the sidelines of the 2019 Dubai Airshow.
Meeting the latest training technology needs, the simulator is based on the Bell 505 helicopter and is equipped with the latest avionics glass cockpit. It features a 200-degree by 70-degree spherical visual high-resolution database with mission scenarios and a vibration system to increase the realism of training.
Hareb Thani Al Dhaheri, CEO of Horizon, said: “Flight simulators are essential for pilot training, and we are confident that our new FTD simulator will significantly enhance the efficiency of our training, as it simulates realistic learning environments on a single-engine aircraft.”
The simulator is to be used in Horizon’s basic flight training, instrument rating and commercial pilot license courses, as well as mission training in a multi-role capacity.
During the general handling phase, instructors will be able to demonstrate every task from pre-start and start to flight maneuvering and shut-down.
In addition, it will enable pilot training on handling emergencies and the corresponding procedures for a safe recovery of the aircraft. During the instrument phase, it will create a comprehensive instrument meteorological conditions learning environment.