Indra delivers first helicopter full-flight simulator to be certified in China

Indra delivers first helicopter full-flight simulator to be certified in China

19-Dec-2012 Source: Indra

In September, Indra became the first company in the world to be certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for the implementation of a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for helicopters.

The company implemented its EC-225 Level B simulator at Airbus’ pilot training centre in Beijing. This helicopter simulator is the first to ‘fly’ on Chinese territory.

This has been achieved thanks to the collaboration agreement signed between Indra and Eurocopter in April 2011, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The purpose of this agreement is to progressively introduce training systems that facilitate and improve the preparation of Chinese pilots.

The Chinese airspace liberalisation process will allow new helicopter operators to operate in this country. Currently, only the Administration and a limited number of companies are authorised to do so.

Such a change in the regulations will lead to an exponential increase in the demand for training services. Indra and Eurocopter have consolidated their position as industry leaders by offering this type of training system to the Asian giant.

The EC225 simulator represents one of Eurocopter’s most modern aircraft, designed to transport passengers, for search and rescue missions, as well as to participate in natural disaster operations, extinguish fires and participate in emergency situations, among other tasks. In addition to the EC225 simulators, Indra has also developed different civil helicopter simulators for police surveillance operations: AS350, EC135 or EC145, among others.

Indra is the leading technology multinational in Spain and a leader in Europe and Latin America. It is the second European company in its sector in terms of R&D, with €550 million invested in the last three years. Its turnover in 2011 was €2,688 million, and 55% of its revenue is currently from international markets. The company employs 42,000 professionals and has customers in 118 countries.

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