Philippine regional airline Seair is investing $15 million over the next two years to set up a helicopter simulator school at its base in the Clark Field Economic Trade Zone near Manila.

Dornier Technology Flight Simulator Training Center - Philippines will be equipped with a pair of Bell UH-1H utility helicopter full-motion devices featuring a 150º field of view Evans & Sutherland visual system. They will be built by DynaLantic, based in Deer Park, New York, which is a supplier of UH-1H simulators to the US Army.

Simulator time is expected to be available from the third quarter this year, initially to military and commercial operators that can provide their own instructors.

Seair chairman Iren Dornier, grandson of German aircraft designer Claude Dornier, says more rotary and fixed-wing devices will be added once the centre is established. The airline operates a fleet of six Let 410 turboprops to resort destinations in the Philippines. Iren Dornier owns 40% of the airline and local investors hold the rest. taking the balanced approach

Source: Flight International