Air Methods (AIRM) and FlightSafety International have announced the new FlightSafety Learning Center, and have welcomed the second of four FlightSafety-built Level-D qualified full motion simulators designated for the training facility located in Denver, Colorado, the companies said.
The installation of the new Airbus AS350 B3 Level-D simulator took place in February 2017, joining the Airbus EC135 simulator, which was previously used by Air Methods at FlightSafety´s Learning Center in Dallas.
Air Methods partnered with FlightSafety to develop and manufacture the newer Level-D qualified simulators — the Airbus AS350 B3, Bell 407GX and Airbus EC130T2 — which will be the first of their kind in the United States. The final two simulators are scheduled to enter service later this year. Together, the four devices will represent training for 75% of Air Methods´ fleet.
Air Methods employs more than 1,300 pilots across the country and provides 1,600 recurrent check rides per year. The Colorado Learning Center, which also offers classrooms and a full complement of customer service areas, will offer four-day training for the vast majority of the company´s aviators.
Air Methods Corporation provides air medical transportation. The Air Medical Services Division is a provider of air medical transport services in the United States. The United Rotorcraft Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. The Tourism Division is comprised of Sundance Helicopters, Inc. and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which provide helicopter tours and charter flights in the Las Vegas/Grand Canyon region and Hawaii, respectively. Air Methods´ fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features approximately 500 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
FlightSafety International is a professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems, and displays to commercial, government, and military organizations. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates advanced full flight simulators at learning centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.