Indian helicopter academy achieves certification for simulator

AS365 N3 simulatorThe Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF), the joint venture owned by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and CAE announced that the Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin simulator has been certified to Level D by India’s Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) as well as the European Aviation
Safety Agency (EASA).

HATSOFF has also announced that its three simulators – a Bell 412, a HAL civil/conventional Dhruv, and the Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin – have been certified as Level 2 (JAR)/Level 6 (FAA) flight training devices (FTDs) when used as fixed-base, non-motion simulators in the docking station installed at HATSOFF.

“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 Wg Cdr (Retd) Chandra Datt Upadhyay Vr.C., chief executive officer of HATSOFF. “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.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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