Thursday, January 12, 2012

AS365 N3 Dauphin helicopter certified to Level D

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Jan 12, 2012

The Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF), joint venture owned equally by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and CAE, today announced its simulator cockpit for the Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin helicopter has been certified to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators by India’s Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) as well as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

HATSOFF three simulator cockpits – a Bell 412, a HAL civil/conventional Dhruv, and the Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin – have been certified as Level 2 (JAR)/Level 6 (FAA) flight training devices (FTDs) when used as fixed-base, non-motion simulators in the docking station installed at HATSOFF.

HATSOFF uses a CAE-built full-mission simulator “mothership” that features CAE's revolutionary roll-on/roll-off cockpit design, which enables cockpits representing various helicopter types to be used in the full-mission simulator.  When one cockpit is in the full-motion, full-mission simulator, another cockpit can be connected to the fixed-based docking station and used as a flight training device.

“HATSOFF is a first-of-its-kind helicopter simulation training center in India, and we are excited about continuing to demonstrate how simulation-based training will prove to be one of the best approaches for improving safety, operational efficiency and mission readiness,” Wg Cdr (Retd) Chandra Datt Upadhyay Vr.C., CEO of HATSOFF, says.

The cockpit for the Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin, which can be utilized for training pilots flying the Dauphin N1/N2/N3 variants, is the third for the HATSOFF training center.  The first cockpit delivered to HATSOFF represented the Bell 412 helicopter and training for Bell 412 operators began in July 2010.  The second cockpit represented the civil/conventional variant of the Dhruv and training began in May 2011.  An additional cockpit for the Indian Army/Air Force glass cockpit variant of the HAL-built Dhruv is expected to be added to the HATSOFF training center later in 2012.

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