Hatsoff to take off next year

Academy to train mission-ready helicopter crew

HAL Director (HR) Sanjeev Sahisaid, “Hatsoff will offer Level-D simulator training to helicopter pilots and maintainers. By partnering with the CAE, we are making sure the simulation technology is at the leading edge in order to play a key role in training and producing skilled and mission-ready helicopter crews.”

He was speaking at a function held here on Monday to lay foundation stone for the facility, a joint venture by the HAL and the CAE.

 Martin Gagné, Chairman of the Hatsoff Board of Directors and the CAE’s Group President, Military Simulation Products, Training and Services, said Hatsoff will serve a critical need for enhancing safety and mission readiness.  When fully operational, it will be able to train up to 400 helicopter pilots each year. Initially, Hatsoff will offer comprehensive training to civil and military customers operating four helicopter types: the Indian Army/Air Force variant of the HAL-built Dhruv, the civil variant of the Dhruv, the Bell 412 and the Eurocopter Dauphin.  The training centre will feature multimedia classrooms, computer-based training, brief/debrief facilities, and a training management information system. The CAE-built full-mission simulator for HATSOFF will feature a common motion system, vibration platform, and visual display system, and four separate cockpit modules that can be used in the full-mission simulator.

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