Thales's new Reality H AW139 helicopter Full Flight Simulator (FFS) at Brisbane airport has been qualified as a Level D flight simulator by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).The device is the first helicopter simulator in Australia to receive full qualification as a Level D Full Flight Simulator under EASA regulations. The EASA qualification adds to the Australian first qualification received from Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA) in October. Level D is the highest level available under CASA and EASA regulations.
Claimed to be the most advanced simulator of its type in the region, the full flight simulator is installed in the Thales LifeFlight Simulation Centre, which forms part of the LifeFlight Training Academy at the Brisbane Airport within a larger expansion of training facilities undertaken by Aviation Australia and the Brisbane Airport Corporation.
The LifeFlight Training Academy has received CASR Part 142 approval from CASA. LifeFlight was the first helicopter operator in Australia to achieve this qualification, and only the third overall.
The simulator features the Hexaline all-electric motion system, the ThalesView Image Generation System, and Computer Generated Entities for the intelligent management of the virtual animations. The simulator has also been approved for training with Night Vision Goggles.