08 February 2019

Helisim broke ground (Feb. 5) on a new 23,000-sq-ft helicopter pilot and maintenance crew training center in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The new center, at Airbus Helicopters Inc. campus, represents a major international expansion of France-based Helisim, which brings 18 years of experience in simulation training for Airbus Helicopters aircraft.

Helisim , will oversee operations at the new simulation center and the first stage of the new facility is scheduled for completion later in 2019.

The center will house the first Level D full-motion flight simulators in North America for Airbus H145 and H175 helicopters, two high-tech civil helicopters, which are now entering wide use in the Americas.

The center also incorporates existing training facilities, including its H125/AS350 full-flight simulator and H135/H145 flight training device.

With an initial investment of $40 million, the Helisim LLC Simulation Center is expected to bring several thousand pilots and maintenance personnel to Grand Prairie every year, sometimes for two weeks or more, supporting the growing local economy in Grand Prairie.

“Helisim is committed to improving flight safety across our industry through simulator-based training,” said Christian Cochini, CEO of Helisim. “By working closely with Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Thales, we will now be able to provide unparalleled training solutions to North American customers”

Vice President of Customer Support for Airbus Helicopters Inc. Anthony Baker said: “Airbus Helicopters builds some of the most innovative helicopters on the market today. The North American training center will meet our customers’ needs for exceptional training on those aircraft.”

PICTURE: Laurent Vautherin, Airbus Helicopters’ head of training; Anthony Baker, vice president of customer support, Airbus Helicopters Inc.; Jean Charles de Troy, managing director of Helisim LLC, Grand Prairie; Ron Jensen, Mayor of Grand Prairie; Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters Inc.; and Christian Cochini, CEO of Helisim. Robbie Aleman Photo