15 April 2017
CAE Blackhawk simulator (photo : Shephard)
The Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC) now incorporates its S-70i Black Hawk ground school and simulator training, according to Canadian simulation and training company CAE, the company tasked with training services at the centre.
CAE has been awarded a long-term training services contract that will allow Brunei to train pilots to fly its 12 strong fleet of S-70i Black Hawk helicopters. OEM of the Black Hawk, Sikorsky, signed a contract with the Brunei MoD for the aircraft in 2011.
CAE will provide its 3000 Series S-70i simulator, which provides an immersive training experience for the full range of pilot training requirements on the aircraft.
'The CAE Brunei MPTC is excited to launch our comprehensive S-70i Black Hawk training programme and is pleased to now operate the region's only S-70i Black Hawk full-mission simulator,' said Kevin Speed, general manager at CAE Brunei MPTC, in a company release.
'We have established a world-class training programme that includes academic and simulator training that will help prepare the Royal Brunei Air Force and other operators of the S-70i to operate this advanced helicopter for a range of missions.'
The simulator includes a 12ft dome display and high-fidelity CAE Medallion-6000 image generator.
RBAF S-70i Blackhawk (photo : clickandrender)
'Simulation-based training helps reduce training costs and increase safety and efficiency by enabling aircrews to perform manoeuvres or emergencies not suitable or possible in an actual aircraft,' said Speed. 'Training at the CAE Brunei MPTC provides maximum training value and enhances crew mission readiness.'
The MPTC has been used by other offshore operators in the region including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and China.
The CAE Brunei MPTC also provides EASA-approved training, including instructor-led 'wet' initial and recurrent training, for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter.
The S-92 wet training solution includes academic classroom training and S-92 simulator training on a CAE 3000 Series S-92 full-flight simulator (FFS). Operator-led 'dry' training on the S-92 FFS is also offered.
The S-70i simulator will be used for range of mission training and rehearsal, including SAR, firefighting, night vision goggle flying, formation flight, winching and stretcher lift, mountain flying, shipboard landings, oil rig platform landing, over water flight, and special missions.
The CAE 3000 Series S-70i simulator also features chin window coverage, high resolution projectors, full six degree-of-freedom (DOF) electric motion system and a three-DOF vibration system to provide realistic cues to the pilots. The CAE 3000 Series S-70i simulator is equivalent to a US Federal Aviation Administration Level D standard, the highest qualification for flight simulators.