LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (June 20, 2011) – FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract from Bell Helicopter for two CV-22 flight training devices. These new advanced technology flight training devices will be used by the United States Air Force during training of Special Command Forces personnel.
“This contract is another example of the cooperative effort between FlightSafety and Bell Helicopter to provide simulators of the highest quality for use in aircrew training and mission rehearsal around the world,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO.
“Bell Helicopter and FlightSafety have a proven history of working together to develop some of the industry’s most advanced flight training devices,” said John L. Garrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Helicopter. “Safety is paramount in every helicopter and tiltrotor operation; these revolutionary simulators will help prepare the men and women of the Air Force to safely and effectively complete their missions.”
FlightSafety will have built a total of 13 V-22 full flight simulators and advanced flight training devices for Bell Helicopter once these new devices are completed.
The simulators will be equipped with FlightSafety’s newly enhanced VITAL X Visual System. The system features continuous global satellite high-resolution imagery achieving exceptional realism with tens of thousands of processed elements and millions of features integrated into animated scenes of the real world.
These CV-22 training devices will be completed at FlightSafety’s new simulator design, manufacturing and technology integration facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Construction of the new state of the art facility is scheduled to be completed this summer.
FlightSafety has produced a wide range of flight simulators and advanced training devices for helicopters manufactured by Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky. They include the Bell B-412/212/222, B-430, CH-146, OH-58D, TH-67, TH-1H, CH-47F, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, UH-1N, and CV-22/MV-22; Eurocopter EC-135 and the Sikorsky UH-60 A/L/M models, HH-60G, S-92, S-70 and S-76 aircraft.
FlightSafety has designed and built over 700 visual systems and close to 800 simulators and other advanced training devices since 1978. This includes the development of simulators for approximately 60 different aircraft types in the past five years alone. The simulators and visual systems are part of an integrated training system used throughout the company’s network of Learning Centers and by many other leading commercial, government and military organizations worldwide.
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 154 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in Asia, Europe, North and South America, the Pacific Rim and South Africa.