The Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) in Valencia, Spain and its TRU Simulation + Training-built Bell 429 full flight simulator (FFS), have been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These certification milestones mark the official completion of the training facility.
BTA-Valencia was designed to serve the training needs of European, Middle Eastern and other global customers, beginning with pilot training on the Bell 429. BTA-Valencia recently completed the final critical milestones of Level D certification for the Bell 429 FFS as well as the Bell 429 initial type-rating course certification that anchors the training center as a satellite of the Bell Helicopter Training Academy’s EASA Authorized Training Organization (ATO) certificate.
Now fully operational, BTA-Valencia offers EASA initial type rating and recurrent courses, regular factory initial and refresher training, along with the option for wet and dry lease contracts to Bell Helicopter’s global customer base. Its instructors each have more than 5,000 hours of helicopter experience across multiple platforms and bring English, French, Spanish and Italian language capabilities to the facility. Regularly scheduled classes will begin this month.
Built on TRU’s ODYSSEY™ H platform, the Bell 429 full flight simulator was developed especially for the unique training requirements and needs of the helicopter pilot. TRU and RSI developed an immersive ten projector, 41 megapixel out-the-window visual system consisting of a 240-degree horizontal by 80-degree vertical field of view display. An 11th projector provides extended field of view specifically for the chin window. This provides pilots with a highly realistic visual experience. The ODYSSEY H also utilizes six degree-of-freedom primary and secondary motion systems, and features a roll-on/roll-off capability, which allows the simulator to be reconfigurable for other helicopters.
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