Airbus Helicopters partnered with Thales and Helisim to develop and deploy the full flight simulator (FFS) for the H160, which Airbus plans to have available to support the H160’s entry into service.

“This partnership is an essential milestone in the H160 program and key to meeting the needs of our customers in order to prepare the smooth introduction of H160 into their operations” explains Bernard Fujarski, head of the H160 Program at Airbus Helicopters. “The first FFS will be installed at the Helisim simulation centre in Marignane, France and additional simulators will be deployed worldwide in line with market needs” he says.

The new generation 5.5 to 6-tonne twin-engine H160 helicopter will be tailored for a wide range of applications including oil & gas operations, emergency medical services, public service and private and business aviation.

The FFS will be based on the Thales Reality H series, which Thales says is perfectly suited to respond to the training needs of the H160 with its vivid synthetic environments.