FlightSafety's Vital X Visual System Enhances Helicopter Simulators and Training Programs

LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (October 13, 2010) – FlightSafety International announces the installation of advanced VITAL X visual systems in its fleet of full flight simulators and new Level 7 qualified flight training devices for helicopters manufactured by Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky.

FlightSafety’s VITAL X visual system is optimized for training low level flight operations. It offers increased scene content, vastly improved weather features, and enhanced levels of detail for optimum cueing. VITAL X delivers the ability for helicopter pilots and crews to be completely immersed in all training requirements.

“The response from our business, commercial, government and military aviation training and simulation Customers worldwide to the quality and high definition imagery the VITAL X visual system provides has been extremely positive,’ said Rick Armstrong, Vice President, Simulation. “This along with the expansion of our visual database to include mission and operator specific imagery has significantly increased the effectiveness and value of the training and simulation equipment FlightSafety offers.”

FlightSafety has completed the installation of VITAL X visual systems on all of its helicopter simulators and Level 7 qualified flight training devices. They include the Bell 206, 212, Bell 412, Bell 407 and Bell 430; the Sikorsky S-70, S-76 and S-92 and the Eurocopter AS350.

In addition, FlightSafety has introduced a number of new visual database enhancements for the VITAL X system. They include an EMS specific database in a mountainous area near Laguna Beach, CA with a freeway crash scene, a hospital with landing pad, a pinnacle landing site, and several airport/heliport access points. To support offshore operators, FlightSafety has added several heliports in the Gulf of Mexico area, as well as new high-detail oil platforms. A comprehensive visual model of Manhattan is also in development to support a wide variety of operators in the New York region.

FlightSafety has served the helicopter industry by providing comprehensive, professional training for more than 25 years. We currently offer a fleet of 15 helicopter simulators and other advanced training devices at Learning Centers in Fort Worth, Texas; Lafayette, Louisiana; Tucson, Arizona; West Palm Beach, Florida and at the Farnborough airport in the United Kingdom.