Thales has installed Australia’s first AW139 full flight simulator (FFS) at the CareFlight Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) Academy at Brisbane International Airport.

The Thales Reality H FFS for commercial helicopter flight training will be used to provide scenario-based flight training to AW139 helicopter operators in the region and to CareFlight’s own pilots and crew. The simulator is in the Thales CareFlight Simulation Centre which is part of a larger, multi-million dollar training hub built in conjunction with Aviation Australia, and will ready for training in October.

The Reality H AW139 simulator supports a range of training needs, including Type Ratings and proficiency checks for both VFR and IFR, night vision goggles (NVG) and HEMS mission training.

The FFS will be qualified to meet EASA and CASA Level D standards, and is based on the AW139 long nose extended airframe and Phase 7 avionics – including the four-axis enhanced flight director with Search and Rescue (SAR) models, weather radar, TCAS II, EGPWS, direction finder, rescue hoist and cargo hook.