LONDON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The first full flight simulator for Sikorsky Aircraft's S-76D mid-sized utility helicopter has been put into operation by Sikorsky and FlightSafety International.
The simulator, which replicates the aircraft's exact flight and operating characteristics, will be operated at FlightSafety's Learning Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.
"Sikorsky and FlightSafety worked closely together to design and develop this advanced technology full flight simulator and training program," said Lawrence Varholak, Sikorsky Aerospace Services' chief engineer and director of analytics, technology & engineering. "Our longstanding collaboration and commitment to safety ensures that Sikorsky operators receive the most up-to-date, comprehensive training available today."
Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the after-market subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft and manages military and civilian training services for Sikorsky helicopters.
The S-76D is a twin-engine commercial platform with military variants.
The S-76D simulator features FlightSafety's newly enhanced VITAL Visual System, which provides for continuous global satellite high-resolution imagery. Other features include electric motion and control loading technology, and CrewView rigid glass mirror display system.
Sikorsky announced the simulator at a helicopter technology air show and exhibition in Britain.