FlightSafety International and Sikorsky have announced the entry into service of a new Graphical Flight-deck simulator designed specifically for the Sikorsky S-76D helicopter.

The Graphical Flight-deck simulator is a key component of MATRIX, FlightSafety's Integrated Learning System. MATRIX is used throughout FlightSafety Learning Centers and by other leading organizations worldwide. This suite of flight training tools draws upon the same software that drives FlightSafety's Level D-qualified flight simulators.

Graphical flight-deck simulators provide interactive representations of the aircraft's flight-deck on touch-screen monitors. This allows the user to monitor or perform virtually all the functions that would be performed in the aircraft. The desktop simulators are designed for use in training classrooms for instructor-led or self-paced instruction. This is an interactive PC-based training system that is used to demonstrate and learn the function and control of aircraft systems. The SimVu briefing and debriefing systems provide detailed visual representations of full flight simulator training sessions.