Thales' helicopter training centre in Norway has begun training for the H225 helicopter, upon receiving the EASA Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD) Operator, and Level D qualification for its Reality H Full Flight Simulator.
The operations at the training facility have been started with launch customers, Blueway Offshore Norway and Dancopter in Denmark.
Thales plans to introduce integrated SAR training capability, making this Reality H the most versatile and comprehensive helicopter training tool on the market. This will help helicopter operators in training pilots on multiple missions such as oil and gas or SAR in the harsh conditions of the North Sea.
Thales' Reality H based H225 simulator comes with Hexaline all-electric motion system and a large field of view combined with the ThalesView visual system, providing the highest possible resolution to accurately represent all flight conditions, the company said.
Thales training and simulation activities general manager Jean Jacques Guittard said: "Ever since we started down the path of becoming more than just a developer of training tools but of providing full service training services through our Thales Training Centre strategy, we have looked at the most attractive locations to serve the broadest possible spectrum of pilots.
"Here in Stavanger we have achieved a great victory.
"This training centre will train pilots in some of the most challenging conditions in the world and we want the training here to become a gold standard for any operator, wishing to have their pilots ready for any mission in the harshest and most challenging environments imaginable"
The Royal Norwegian Air Force will conduct training for their new AW101 helicopters at the facility, under an agreement with Agusta Westland.
Image: Thales training centre in Norway begins training for the H225 helicopter. Photo: courtesy of Thales Group.