Bangalore: The Helicopter Academy to Train
by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF) on Wednesday announced that its
simulator cockpit for the civil or conventional variant of the
Dhruv helicopter has arrived at its training centre here
following design and manufacture in Montreal, Canada.
"This is the world`s first simulator representing the
indigenously developed HAL Dhruv helicopter and we are excited
to begin offering simulation-based training that will
undoubtedly prove to be a safe and cost-effective method for
training Dhruv helicopter air crew," Wing Commander (Retd)
Chandta Datt Upadhyay, CEO of HATSOFF, said.
A joint venture of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
and CAE, a leading Canadian maker of flight simulators,
HATSOFF began operating here in 2010.
The Dhruv simulator cockpit will be installed and
integrated with the CAE-built full-mission simulator currently
in operation at HATSOFF, a release said.
The simulator features CAE`s roll-on on roll-off
cockpit design, which enables cockpits representing various
helicopter types to be used in the simulator, it said.
The cockpit for the civil or conventional variant of
Dhruv is the second for the HATSOFF training centre, and will
be ready for training in May 2011, the release said.
The first cockpit for the simulator represents the
Bell 412 helicopter. Training for Bell 412 operators commenced
in July 2010.
The CAE-built full-mission helicopter simulator at
HATSOFF and the Bell 412 cockpit were certified in 2010 to
Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators, by
India`s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the release said.