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Africa gets its first Level D helicopter simulator

Posted 14 April 2021 · Add Comment

The Thales Reality H full-flight simulator, which is one of the most advanced commercial helicopter simulators in the world, is now operational with Caverton in Nigeria – this is Africa’s second Level D helicopter full flight simulator.

 


The handover was witnessed by the director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Cpt. Musa S. Nuhu and Mr Franck Riester, French minister delegate in charge of foreign trade and economic attractiveness, (pictured above - image Thales)
The AW139 helicopter simulator has been installed at Caverton's brand-new training centre at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Nigeria.
The simulator allows pilots to train in complete safety for a variety of complex situations (adverse weather conditions, helicopter failures and emergencies), that could occur in the during actual flight operations.
With this new training centre, soon to be certified by the Nigerian and European civil aviation authorities (NCAA and EASA) at the highest level, Caverton will provide state-of-the-art training, including initial type rating, continuous training and proficiency checks, for offshore and onshore missions as well as VIP transport operations. This training is intended for Caverton’s pilots as well as AW139 helicopter operators based on the African continent.
“This amazing simulator is another illustration of a success story between France and Nigeria and the strength of the partnership between Thales and Caverton,” said Riester.
“Supported by Bpifrance on export credit, this project involves unprecedented top technology at the scale of Africa, allowing Nigeria to fulfill its ambition to become the training hub of the region,” he said.
Chairman of Caverton Offshore Support Group, Aderemi Makanjuola, said: “We are excited to have reached this significant milestone of acceptance of the simulator, in spite of the various delays and setbacks brought about by the Pandemic. This was made possible through the tenacity of the teams within Caverton and Thales and has birthed an even stronger partnership between both our organisations.
“ We look forward to the ongoing support of both the NCAA and EASA to enable us commence flight simulator training, which will no doubt increase safety and service delivery to our esteemed clients.”
Peter Hitchcock, vice president of training & simulation at Thales, said: "working together with Caverton through this unprecedented health crisis, we have safely finalized the shipping, commissioning and acceptance of the first level D full flight helicopter simulator in Africa, representing a major milestone in the continued effort to improve the efficiency and safety of flight operations.”
 

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