22-Jul-2011 Source: American Eurocopter
Grand Prairie, Texas â€“ Today, at the 2011 Airborne Law Enforcement Association convention in New Orleans, American Eurocopter is introducing a new safety innovation for helicopter operators: an Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC) Training Course in the AS350 Level B Flight & Mission Training Simulator. The course is applicable to all mission environments and American Eurocopter elected to introduce the course at ALEA in light of the recent NTSB recommendation for ALEA to require Inadvertent IMC recovery training in its accreditation standards.
â€œThis course reinforces our commitment to increasing safety industry wide. It was designed to be non-airframe specific allowing pilots of any helicopter type to benefit from the advantages of our AS350 Level B simulator and this important training,â€ said Del Livingston, American Eurocopterâ€™s Vice President of Flight Operations and Customer Training. â€œAfter attending the IIMC training course in the AS350 Flight & Mission Training Simulator, pilots will come away with a new perspective on the challenges of an IIMC recovery.â€
American Eurocopterâ€™s AS350 flight and mission simulator was designed to provide training for aircraft emergency procedures, NVG training, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) mission training, and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) mission training. With its full cabin, the simulator is also ideal for Crew Resource Management (CRM) training.
The AS350 simulator programming can be customized to accommodate various settings and scenarios. With the new Inadvertent IMC course, the simulator can incorporate inadvertent IMC conditions into customer-specific missions and environments.
â€œThe industryâ€™s current training method of using vision restricting devices simply does not prepare a pilot for the intense challenges of an IIMC encounter. The sudden onset of a complete loss of visual clues cannot be replicated when training in a VFR helicopter,â€ said Jack Reichert, American Eurocopterâ€™s Airborne Law Enforcement training consultant. â€œThe full-motion capability of the AS350 Simulator is what really makes the difference in this course. The realism of punching into the clouds and the feel of initiating a proper recovery is only possible with full-motion simulation.â€
To further promote this new training, American Eurocopter will be giving away five (5) positions in its new course during the ALEA Annual Conference. For more information on American Eurocopterâ€™s training programs or to enter for your chance to win, stop by ALEA booth #715.
About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopterâ€™s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.