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Worlds First AW189 Full Flight Simulator Ready For Training

March 24, 2014 - A joint team from ENAC (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) has certified the world’s first AW189 full-flight simulator (FFS) to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators. 

The new CAE 3000 Series AW189 FFS is installed in the new simulation building at AgustaWestland’s A. Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy.

The Training Academy now has capacity for nine FFSs and five FTDs (Flight Training Devices), further expanding the AgustaWestland training capabilities in Italy as part of its global capability. 

The AW189 FFS was developed jointly by AgustaWestland and CAE, and will be operated by Rotorsim. The CAE 3000 Series helicopter mission simulator features unprecedented realism for helicopter specific mission training, including offshore Oil and Gas Producer (OGP), Search and Rescue (SAR), law enforcement and other types of operations.

The simulator enables pilots to practice without risk challenging procedures such as low-level flight, confined area operations, autorotation and landing on platforms at sea. The AW189 FFS being introduced by Rotorsim will support AgustaWestland in delivering operational training to its rapidly expanding number of AW189 operators. At present, the AW189 has been ordered in more than 130 units, including options and framework agreements.

The CAE 3000 Series AW189 FFS features AgustaWestland flight dynamics and aircraft systems modelling, combined with the AgustaWestland avionics and sensors simulation software. The core CAE simulation technologies include: CAE True six Degree-of-Freedom (DOF) electric motion system and high-performance vibration platform to replicate vibration cues critical to helicopter pilots; a high-fidelity CAE Medallion-6000 image generator; and a direct projection 210 degree by 80 degree extreme field-of-view dome display system.



The simulator handling and flight performances are modeled and tested using a comprehensive real helicopter flight data package and the combined experience of AgustaWestland and CAE pilots and engineers.

“CAE is pleased to play a role in the introduction of training services for AgustaWestland’s new AW189 multi-role helicopter,” said Ian Bell, CAE's Vice President and Business Leader - Europe.  “Helicopter operators often operate in challenging environments and are continuing to fully understand how simulation-based training can serve as one of the best approaches for improving safety, operational efficiency and mission readiness,.”
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