A Precision Flight Controls and Ryan Aerospace joint venture developed a new, cost-effective helicopter simulator that just received certification as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). The simulator is reconfigurable between the Bell 206 and Bell 407.

“This is a real game-changer for flying schools looking to save money and reduce risk,” said Managing Director of Ryan Aerospace, Chris Ryan. This certification means training schools are now able to offer a cost-effective and safe alternative to train helicopter pilots, rather than in the real aircraft, the company says.