Airbus selects Thales and Helisim for H160 flight simulator

By Ryan Maass   |   Feb. 10, 2016 at 3:48 PM
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MARIGNANE, France, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Thales and Helisim will partner with Airbus Helicopters in deploying the full flight simulator for the H160 helicopter.

The flight simulator will train operators to use the H160 medium utility helicopter, designed for a variety of operations including medical services, oil and gas operations and potentially military use.

"This partnership is an essential milestone in the H160 program and key to meeting the needs of our customers in order to prepare the smooth introduction of H160 into their operations," Airbus Helicopters H160 program head Bernard Fujarski said in a statement.

The simulators are to be based on the Thales Reality H series, an existing helicopter training simulator. Once completed, the simulator will be installed at the Helisim simulation center in Marignane, with additional simulators to be installed according to market needs.

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