ELITE Simulation Solutions AG and Switzerland’s largest helicopter flight operator Swiss Helicopter AG have entered an exclusive rental agreement on a ELITE S723 FNPT II AS350 helicopter flight simulator. Swiss Helicopter AG’s head of training Capt. Rolf Heuberger had no hesitation in opting for ELITE’s reliable helicopter simulator. He says: “We are now officially the only operator of this FNPT II simulator which we are presently using for our basic training, IR and flight instructor courses.”
Swiss Helicopter AG operates from 14 different bases in Switzerland and even one in Liechtenstein. Their proven success story shows that the service of air transportation is unmatched in its kind. Furthermore, Swiss Helicopter AG – as an approved FTO (Flight Training Organisation) – has earned itself a high reputation in the fields of pilot training. The reliable Guimbal Cabri G2 two-seater helicopter and the Airbus Helicopter H120 Colibri generate outstanding results with their students. Now thanks to the rental agreement with ELITE Simulation Solutions AG, students and pilots will be able to enjoy state of the art simulator training.
The ELITE S723 FNPT II AS350 Helicopter flight simulator is situated on ELITE’s HQ 4th floor in Dübendorf near Zurich and offers a 3-channel rear projection visual system. The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) approved the device as FNPT II under EASA regulations CS-FSTD (H). Captain Rolf Heuberger and his crew have tested the simulator during several single sessions. He appreciates the professionality of the staff at ELITE and praises the details of the simulator. He concludes: “ELITE and in particular its soft- and hardware engineering team have ever since been striving for the stars and are a very competent partner for us at Swiss Helicopter AG.”
At this very moment training on the FNPT II has begun for Swiss Helicopter AG’s future private and commercial pilots as well as students enrolled in their instructor or IR courses. They have exclusive rights to use the simulator to log hours under CS-FSTD (H). Capt. Heuberger says that any further flight school that wishes to use the simulator is welcome to enter a separate agreement with Swiss Helicopter AG.
While the launch of this cooperation has a direct influence on Switzerland’s 21st century style helicopter pilot training, ELITE has secured its important role in the Swiss helicopter aviation scene. Mr. René Huddlestone, Director of Sales and Marketing at ELITE, explains that the business relationship with Swiss Helicopter AG is the direct result of the company’s continuous and focussed work philosophy. He says: “ELITE is looking forward to taking our cooperation with Swiss Helicopter AG to the next level and build on our long-lasting relationship. Aspiring helicopter pilots in Switzerland now have the opportunity to train in a safe and cost-effective environment. We are very proud to be associated with Switzerland’s most prestigious helicopter company and being a key player in developing this country’s future pilot generation.”