HAL's simulator cockpit for Eurocopter gets DGCA certification

Our Bureau Bangalore Jan. 13 | Updated on January 13, 2012 Published on January 13, 2012

The Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (Hatsoff), a Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and CAE joint venture, has announced that its simulator cockpit for the Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin helicopter has been certified to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators, by the Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) as well as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Hatsoff has also announced that its three simulator cockpits – a Bell 412, a HAL civil/conventional Dhruv, and the Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin – have been certified as Level 2 (JAR)/Level 6 (FAA) flight training devices (FTDs) when used as fixed-base, non-motion simulators in the docking station installed at Hatsoff.

Commenting on the development, Wg Cdr (retd) Chandra Datt Upadhyay, Chief Executive Officer of Hatsoff, said “We are very proud of the progress we are making at Hatsoff, and achieving Level D certification for the Eurocopter Dauphin helicopter simulator at our facility is yet another example.”

The Hatsoff training centre, located near HAL's headquarters in Bangalore, also features multimedia classrooms, computer-based training, brief/debrief facilities, a training management information system and crew accommodations.

Hatsoff uses a CAE-built full-mission simulator ‘mothership' that features CAE's roll-on/roll-off cockpit design, which enables cockpits representing various helicopter types to be used in the full-mission simulator.

When one cockpit is in the full-motion, full-mission simulator, another cockpit can be connected to the fixed-based docking station and used as a flight training device.

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Published on January 13, 2012
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