Coptersafety and Østnes partner to reach new altitudes in helicopter training standards
The pilots of the most common helicopter type in the Nordic countries, the Airbus H125, will soon have the opportunity for full flight simulator training. With their joint training offering based on the world’s first H125 full flight simulator (level D), Coptersafety and Østnes aim to reduce the number of future accidents.
Coptersafety, a rapidly growing flight training service provider, and Østnes, a Nordic Airbus Helicopters distributor, are launching a cooperation to improve the operational safety of Airbus H125 (previously known as AS350) helicopters in the Nordic countries. According to the agreement, Østnes is now an authorized dealer for Coptersafety’s training services. Coptersafety’s training centre is adjacent to the Helsinki International Airport in Finland.
The cooperation takes a completely new approach to safety training in the rotorcraft industry, offering H125 training as a turnkey project. “Coptersafety is independent from any helicopter or simulator manufacturers, unlike most training providers. With Østnes we are now offering pilot training like Safety as a Service (SaaS), which is something we have not yet seen in the sector,” said Mikko Dahlman, CEO, Coptersafety.
“With our new H125 level D simulator we can now jointly offer the safety culture and training capabilities already seen in O&G, SAR, and HEMS operations to a whole new range of single engine onshore operators. As a result, we hope the number of single engine onshore helicopter accidents can be efficiently mitigated. With our simulator services pilots can be one step ahead of reality,” Dahlman continued.
As an official Airbus Helicopters distributor and aftermarket provider in the Nordic countries, Østnes is a natural sales partner for Coptersafety’s training services. There is a significant amount of H125 operators within the aviation market, but simulator training is lagging, compared to the operation of twin engine helicopters in sectors such as oil and gas (O&G), search and rescue (SAR), and helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS).
“Both Østnes and Coptersafety aim to develop the safety domain of single engine helicopter operations, in particular. Airbus H125 is currently the dominant single engine model in the Nordic countries. There is a clear demand for better training solutions and capabilities in onshore single engine helicopter operations”, said Frode
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