Success in Simulation
 HATSOFF offers full motion/full mission training on three different helicopter types
 An illustration of HATSOFF

The Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF), a joint venture equally owned by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and CAE, has received a Level D certification for its Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin helicopter simulator cockpit by India’s Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) as well as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Level D is the highest qualification for flight simulators. With this certification HATSOFF now offers training on three simulator cockpits, the Bell 412, HAL civil/conventional Dhruv, and the Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin. The cockpit for the Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin can be used for training pilots on the Dauphin N1/N2/N3 variants.

“We are very proud of the progress we are making at HATSOFF, and achieving Level D certification for the Eurocopter Dauphin helicopter simulator at our facility is yet another example,” said chief executive officer, HATSOFF, Wg Cdr (retd) Chandra Datt Upadhyay Vr.C. He added, “HATSOFF is a first-of-its-kind helicopter simulation training centre in India, and we are excited about continuing to demonstrate how simulation-based training will prove to be one of the best approaches for improving safety, operational efficiency and mission readiness.” The first cockpit to be delivered to HATSOFF was for the Bell 412 and training for operators began in July 2010. HATSOFF is likely to be designated as a ‘Centre for Excellence’ for the Dauphin by Eurocopter and their test pilots are due to arrive at HATSOFF this month, to assess the facility. Once this is done, Eurocopter will start sending customers here for training on Dauphin N-1/N2/N3 variants. Pavan Hans, a major Dauphin operator, is in the final stages of signing a contract with HATSOFF to begin sending their pilots for training here.
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