Operators of Bell 412 and 2l2 helicopters in the Gulf will soon be able to train on the first full-flight simulator in the region, thanks to the on-going partnership between Emirates and CAE Flight Training.

Emirates-CAE Flight Training announced at the show yesterday that training would begin when the simulator is installed at its Dubai facility at the end of 2005.

The Bell 412 full-flight simulator, which has gained commitments from a number of Gulf and Middle Eastern operators, will have a CAE Sim XXI platform – CAE's latest technology – and be fitted with a CAE Tropos visual system.

Interest is growing in the Gulf for civil helicopters and further rapid growth is forecast. The medium-sized twin-engined Bell 212 and 412 helicopters are popular among commercial oil and gas support operators, the emergency services and law enforcement organisations.


"We welcome the Emirates-CAE initiative that has led to the planned establishment of a Bell 412 full-flight simulator in Dubai," says Paul Giles, senior vice-president of Hawker Pacific helicopter programme, representing Bell Helicopter Textron in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. "We believe it will prove to be an indispensable tool for Bell Helicopter operators.

"The benefits of simulator pilot training are well known. The region's helicopter operators are a highly professional, safety-conscious and productivity-driven group and there is no doubt that they will take full advantage of this simulator."

Emirates-CAE Flight Training is jointly operated by the Emirates Group and CAE under a 10-year teaming agreement.

Source: Flight Daily News