Frasca International has sold a Level 5 flight training device (FTD) for the Airbus H125 AStar (350B3) single-engine helicopter to Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC), Japan's leading civil helicopter company.

The new Frasca Level 5 FTD will be used by Aero Asahi for H125 pilot training as well as to provide operational training for offshore, emergency medical service (EMS), search and rescue (SAR) and electric power line patrol missions.

"This Airbus H125 simulator will be a valuable training device for ab-initio helicopter pilot training up through commercial transition and recurrent training," said John Frasca, president of Frasca International. "It will feature a custom visual database for Tokyo Heliport (RJTI) as well as our popular Helicopter Mission Training Database."

The simulator will be equipped with a Frasca TruVision™ global visual system with a large spherical 220° horizontal and 58° vertical field of view and a Frasca Simplicity™ Instructor Operator System (IOS).

The Helicopter Mission Training Database will allow Aero Asahi pilots to practice flying in all kinds of weather conditions and train for missions that require landings in confined areas and on elevated and rooftop helipads. Other mission-specific training scenarios include EMS accident scene orbits, evaluations and landings, and offshore ship deck and oil rig approaches and landings.

The Level 5 FTD is scheduled to be installed at the Aero Asahi training centre in Tokyo in October 2017 with certification by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau to follow after.