SHAH ALAM: As part of the Cougar deal, Eurocopter is installing a full-flight simulator for its heavy-lift EC225/725 helicopter family, to be operated by Eurocopter Malaysia at its newly constructed simulation centre
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Kuala Lumpur, 30 October 2012
The EC225/725 helicopter full-flight simulator arrived in Malaysia last month, as part of Eurocopter’s global strategy to deploy training capabilities close to customers. Catering to training of pilots and crew operating the EC225 and EC725 in the Asia Pacific region, the full-flight simulator is slated to begin operations in early 2013.
With safety being the top priority for Eurocopter, it is the Group’s strategy to establish a network of full-flight simulators around the world to increase the focus on flight safety. The EC225/725 full-flight simulator (FFS) in Malaysia will be Eurocopter’s 20th FFS around the world, and will be located at the Eurocopter Malaysia Simulation Centre (EMSC) – a brand new building erected at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport. Not only does full-flight simulation training increase safety by maintaining and enhancing the skill level of pilots and crew, it also helps to lower customers’ training costs.
Pierre Rossignol, Eurocopter Malaysia President & CEO stated, “Eurocopter has a strong commitment to develop our support and services in Asia. With our significant leadership in the medium-heavy helicopter category especially with the EC225 for offshore operations in Malaysia; as well as the impending arrival of the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s fleet of 12 EC725 helicopters, this country certainly is the perfect location in Asia for the set up of the FFS.”
The EC225/725 FFS is being assembled in the newly constructed EMSC at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport currently. It will commence operations in early 2013 after undergoing certification tests by European Aviation Safety Agency and the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia.
“The FFS will enable us to meet the important need for training of our military and civil customers,” EMSC CEO Bernard Josseaux said. “This huge demand has already provided us with more than 800 training hours secured with Malaysian and Australian offshore operators. Coupled with training for the Royal Malaysian Air Force pilots, we target to train up to 220 pilots next year.”
Manufactured by Spanish simulation company, Indra, the EC225/725 FFS will provide a wide range of training courses including emergency procedures, night flights (night vision goggles), search and rescue, customized military missions such as nap-of-the-earth training, multi-crew cooperation, etc., dedicated to military customers and offshore operators. Most significantly, a detailed visual database covering the entire Peninsular and East Malaysia will be integrated for a truly realistic and highly accurate simulation training.
— Malaysian Defence