Modern, feature-rich basic aviation training devices have been a boon to both primary and recurrent flight training programs, saving time, money and producing more effective pilots.
The airplane world realized this years ago, as airplane flight simulators have pushed the state of the art, and simulation-heavy fixed-wing training programs have proliferated.
Yet among helicopter flight training providers, the simulator has largely gone underused. Only the most progressive and effective helicopter training institutions have embraced simulation as an essential component of their programs.
X-Copter represents the best of a new class of exceptionally versatile helicopter simulators that is raising the standard of helicopter flight training.
A helicopter grounded for any period of time represents lost revenue.
Bad weather, maintenance overhauls, accidents, and scheduling conflicts are all unavoidable realities of flight training.
Basic aviation training devices do not represent an alternative to in-aircraft flight training, but a complement to it. When weather presents a safety concern, or an overhaul is extended, the hours that would have been lost waiting for aircraft to become available can be utilized running scenarios in the X-Copter.
A program using the X-Copter sets the standard for professionalism and safety.
Complex emergencies and systems failures cannot be executed in actual aircraft for obvious reasons. In the X-Copter however, emergency scenarios can be practiced spontaneously in a risk-free environment. Instructors may trigger various system malfunctions—like engine failures— and challenging flight environments—like IFR conditions—at any time, incorporating the crucial element of surprise into a student’s training.
The ability to train scenarios in both VFR (Visual Flight Rules) and IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flight environments increases pass rates, safety, and student retention.
More effective training on the ground means greater preparedness in the air, which equates to higher proficiency and lower costs for students. Students provided with simulator training prior to flight are allowed to fully explore concepts without the distractions that come with the flight environment.
X-Copter flight simulators provide the technology to produce safer, better, and more confident pilots. Hundreds of helicopter pilots in the U.S. have gained these benefits in training, and now the X-Copter is available to the international helicopter training market.
The X-Copter makes it possible to practice complex maneuvers never before available in sims of its class: Auto-Rotations, Slope Landing, Hovering, and other maneuvers required by SFAR 73.
Increasing the student’s workload during a scenario provides a great method for evaluating the progress of new pilots and the proficiency of experienced pilots. Our award-winning team of pilots and engineers, established as leaders in American helicopter flight and safety, have designed the X-Copter to exceed FAA basic aviation training device requirements.