Eurocopter Reinforces Its Worldwide Commitment to Training

Launches new simulators and introduces new training devices throughout its global training network

(PresseBox) (Anaheim, ) Eurocopter is extending its offer of full flight simulators, flight training devices and other training aids to cover all of its key markets around the globe. Pilot and crew training is paramount to enhancing flight safety, which is a top priority for the manufacturer. At this year's Heli-Expo, the company announced its schedule to deploy new simulator facilities on three continents. Also as part of its global training strategy, Eurocopter will unveil a new EC135 Avionics Trainer that will be on display at Eurocopter's booth (#2754 in Hall C) to exemplify new and mobile training aids.

Eurocopter's investment in simulators is set to grow quickly over the next two years, with a raft of new simulators being introduced into the Group. "Our customers have been telling us that they need easier access to simulators", explained Lutz Bertling, CEO of Eurocopter.

New simulators will be deployed in support of customers far from Europe. A new simulator for the AS350 Ecureuil/AStar will be available at American Eurocopter in Dallas in 2010. Two new simulators supporting the EC225/725 will be set up in Brazil and in Malaysia at the end of 2010 and 2011 respectively. Eurocopter recently installed two simulators in support of the EC135, one in Donauwörth, Germany, the other in Dallas, United States. Both will be certified this spring.

"This strategy is part of Eurocopter's reinforced commitment to improving flight safety", continued Lutz Bertling. "We want to provide appropriate training solutions near to our customers, at the right price and quality to dramatically improve the safe operation of Eurocopter aircraft, and to enable our customers to get more from our helicopters by being able to train for more demanding and complex missions in complete safety. Eurocopter already has several training organisations within its global network and these are being reinforced."

Last year, Eurocopter inaugurated its first EC225 simulator at HeliSim in France, and announced the deployment of a flight simulator to Aberdeen (United Kingdom) in support of the same aircraft. The Aberdeen simulator, which can also train SAR crews, will be ready for training in the summer of 2010 at Kirkhill Business Park, in a new combined services center to be operated by Eurocopter UK Ltd. The center is currently under construction by Knight Property Group and will be finished by the end of this year.

This is the first time that the EC135 Avionics Trainer is being shown, a training device that brings a new dimension to Eurocopter's training strategy. The Avionics Trainer was designed to fill the gap between computer-based training/computer-assisted instruction (CBT/CAI) and a flight simulator. It allows Eurocopter's global training strategy to cover the whole training spectrum from CBT to flight simulator.

This cost-efficient training device features touch screens to control all avionics components. Accurate EC135 flight mechanics and the original manufacturer software ensures a high-quality simulation. The Avionics Trainer will be on display at Eurocopter's booth #2754.

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Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2008, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.5 billion Euros, orders for 715 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group's products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.

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