Leonardo has now launched the new ETD (Enhanced Training Device) enabling pursuit of training objectives that are typical of ‘higher-end’ devices at a lower cost. “The result of a thorough assessment of market requirements, the ETD is based on a fixed Flight Training Device combined with extensive use of touchscreen technology. It’s ideally suited for cockpit familiarisation, automation training, standard/emergency procedure, training with platform specific avionics, Flight Management Systems, radio management system, IFR, and Multi-Crew Coordination,” said Leonardo. The ETD reconfigurable and fully representative cockpit allows flight and mission simulation training for a number of helicopter models, ensuring the highest standard of fidelity and safety.
Leonardo is also focusing on an additional range of safety-oriented training solutions such as in the case of the controlled flight into terrain mitigation education programme. Full Flight Simulators are to be used to in order to enhance aircrew awareness and capabilities when encountering these hazards and implement dedicated procedures and best practices in the use of Terrain Awareness and Warning System, Synthetic Vision System.
Meanwhile, Leonardo announced combined orders for a total of 17 helicopters at the recent Heli-Expo event in the US. Contracts include a mixture of AW119Kx single engine, AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light twins, AW169 light-intermediate, AW139 intermediate and AW189 super medium types.