TEMSCO Helicopters has recently taken delivery of a FRASCA-built AS350B2 Helicopter Flight Training Device (FTD).

TEMSCO, along with NorthStar and Coastal Helicopters, will use the FTD to train their staff pilots. The main focus of the FTD will be training new tour pilots on routes and for transitioning from piston helicopters to the AS350, which is a more responsive helicopter.

"The FTD will also be used for mission training, dealing with rapidly changing weather, white-out conditions and even flat light conditions; scenarios that can be encountered while flying around Alaska. These senarios can be experienced in the simulator to teach pilots to properly recognize and avoid any of these hazards when present," stated Sr. Vice President of TEMSCO, Joe Hicks.

The FTD features Frasca's TruVision Global visual system with custom Alaska database and a 220-degree visual display system, instrument change out kit, Frasca's Motion Cueing System (FMCS) and has the ability to be flown from left seat PIC (simulating the AS350 aircraft). This is the first FTD to integrate Avidyne IFD550, which includes Forward Looking Terrain Alerts (FLTAs), synthetic vision, supplemental height above terrain call-outs and remote transponder control.

“Temsco should be commended for their utmost commitment to safety. By using simulation in their training programs, they are following the guidance and recommendations of both the NTSB and the US Helicopter Safety Team. Both of whom have issued recommendations to increase the use of simulation training as an impactful way to reduce helicopter accidents,” stated Randy Gawenda, business development manager at Frasca.