New training base for Europe in 2020

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DRF Luftrettung

Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) and the Academy of Germany’s HEMS operator DRF Luftrettung have announced the introduction of a new pilot and technical crew training programme

The programme means that from August 2020, a state-of-the-art level D full flight simulator will be available at Lufthansa Aviation Training’s training centre in Frankfurt. The simulator is configurable both for Airbus H135 and H145 helicopter type, and has been certified by EASA.

With an interchangeable cockpit to both helicopter types, at a third crew member station, human helicopter hoist missions can be trained for with the help of virtual reality technology involving the entire crew. Flight procedures can also be simulated at night with night vision equipment, both with white and green phosphor NVGs. Pilot training can be conducted under meteorological conditions and a variety of realistic landing scenarios with moving objects in the landing area as well as different locations, such as airfields or hospitals.

“By investing in our first own helicopter simulator in our training fleet of over 55 full flight simulators, we are opening up to new markets and looking forward to working with DRF Luftrettung in this area. In addition, our largest training center in Frankfurt is ideally located for customers from all over the world. Crews can complete their training here around the clock all year round,” commented Ola Hansson, Managing Director of Lufthansa Aviation Training.

Dr Peter Huber, Chairman of the Executive Board (COO) at DRF Luftrettung, added: “"Based on our more than 40 years of experience in HEMS operations and our expertise in pilot education and training, as well as LAT’s diverse competencies, we were able to jointly develop a comprehensive training offer on the new Airbus H135/H145 full flight simulator. We are proud to be able to present this offer to an international professional audience at the Heli-Expo.”