CAE is launching a family of new helicopter simulators for the civil helicopter market. CAE’s 3000-series sims will include offshore, EMS, law enforcement, longline, high-altitude and corporate flying capability and will meet FAA and JAA Level D certification standards. A 3-degree-of-freedom vibration platform and a Tropos-6000 visual system with direct-projection dome, high-def COTS projectors and a 220° horizontal x 80° vertical field of view are key to the new simulators. Bell is providing aircraft systems, performance data and tech support for the Bell 412 training programs, which CAE will offer in Mexico and India. The first CAE 3000-series simulators will be available for training this summer.

FlightSafety Intl’s Eurocopter EC135 Level D simulator is scheduled to go online by the end of 2010 at the company’s facility in Lafayette LA. The EC135 sim will have a 60-in electric motion and control-loading system, Vital X visual system, a 60° x 200° field of view and continuous global high-res satellite imagery capable of presenting environmental conditions experienced during all phases of flight.

Aspen Avionics has earned an STC for installation of the Aspen EFD1000H EFIS on the Bell 206 and 407. EFD1000H is the latest addition to the Evolution flight display system. It enables helo operators to replace mechanical flight instruments with EFIS displays with little or no modification to the existing panel. The STC was developed in partnership with Keystone Helicopters.

Eurocopter has developed a search-and-rescue (SAR) version of its EC175. It carries 360° search radar, an electro-optical system, high-intensity searchlight, double hoist, bubble windows and additional lights. A large cabin and storage area help with multiple-casualty rescue, and 2 extra-wide sliding passenger doors allow maximum space for hoisting. The EC175 is equipped with a full-screen cockpit and digital 4-axis automatic flight control system (AFCS) linked to an FMS. The AFCS is derived from that of the EC225. A total of 114 EC175s have been ordered by 14 customers. Flight testing is under way. Certification by EASA, FAA and TCAA is slated for 2011, with first deliveries following in 2012.