Unique TFO Suite For Crew Resource Management Training
At the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference in
Tucson, Arizona this week, American Eurocopter and ALEA announced
that American Eurocopter's new AS350 flight and mission training
simulator will be used for ALEA's Advanced Tactical Flight Officer
training course. The course will be presented by ALEA staff at
American Eurocopter's Training Center in Grand Prairie, Texas.
American Eurocopter At ALEA
American Eurocopter's AS350 flight and mission training
simulator is scheduled to be operational in the fourth quarter of
this year, and it will be one of the most technologically advanced,
single-engine helicopter simulators in the world. It will also be
the only simulator in the United States to offer a full Tactical
Flight Officer (TFO) suite for conducting true Crew Resource
Management (CRM) training while flying actual Law Enforcement
The AS350 is in service with federal, state and local agencies
throughout the United States. The simulator is designed with a full
cockpit and cabin and will provide capabilities for a variety of
pilot and crew missions including patrol, vehicle and foot
pursuits, homeland security, and airborne use of force (AUF).
AS350 File Photo
"This was a unique opportunity for us to utilize one of the most
advanced, full-motion flight simulators on the market," said Martin
Jackson, ALEA President. "This will allow us to bring real world
training scenarios to our course for the entire crew."
"Not only will the use of the AS350 simulator in ALEA's course
redefine how TFO training is conducted, it demonstrates American
Eurocopter's continued dedication to Airborne Law Enforcement and
ALEA," explained Del Livingston, Vice President, Flight Operations,
Aviation Safety and Customer Training for American Eurocopter.
AS350 File Photo
The AS350 simulator was designed with input from American
Eurocopter's Law Enforcement customers, including unit commanders,
pilots, TFO's and tactical team members. With its full cockpit and
TFO suite, the AS350 simulator will set a new standard in the
industry for Law Enforcement and air medical crew training.
American Eurocopter worked very closely with Indra Systems to
create the AS350 simulator. Indra Systems also developed the EC135
level B simulator and the EC145 level 4 simulator currently in
operation at American Eurocopter's Training Center.