Rotorsim Srl provides synthetic training products and services for civil, parapublic and military customers. A 50-50 Joint Venture between AgustaWestland and CAE, two world leaders in the fields of helicopter manufacturing and simulation. Rotorsim, located in Sesto Calende, Italy, was formed in 2001 and became fully operational in 2006. Rotorsim USA, located in Morristown, New Jersey at the CAE North East Training Centre facility, became operational in November 2008.
In January 2013, Rotorsim further expanded the training capabilities and operations in Sesto Calende featuring a brand new simulation building which will include up to nine Full Flight Simulators (FFS) and five Flight Training Devices (FTD) .
Rotorsim is part of the AgustaWestland Training Academy, which is an International Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Approved FAA Part 142 Training Centre. At the core of the facility there are full-mission and Full Flight Simulators, certified by the world civil aviation regulatory authorities such as the FAA in the USA and EASA in Europe at the highest current international FFS standard (Level D) (one hour of simulator training equals one hour helicopter flight). Some of Rotorsim’s simulators feature CAE’s roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) concept. This allows different cockpit modules to be hosted in the same mothership depending on the training needs.
The capabilities offered by Rotorsim allow the user to train and prepare crews for all operational environments including: Offshore, Day/Night, Ship Deck Landing, Search and Rescue, Parapublic and Military operations.
As of June 2014 Rotorsim delivered more than 100,000 hour training with a Simulator Reliability percentage of 98%.
Today Rotorsim operates:
- Three (3) cockpit modules for the AW109FFS and for the AW109FTD (AW109 Power, AW109 LUH, AW109 Nexus)
- Three (3) AW139 FFS
- One (1) AW189FFS (offshore configuration)
- One (1) AW189FFS (SAR configuration - operation expected in 2015)
- One (1) AW169FFS (operation expected in 2015)
- One (1) NH90 JNTP FFS (NFH and TTH configurations)
AW109 FTD - AW109 FFS
The AW109 FTD (Simulator Docking Station combined with cockpit and direct projection visual system) is JAA certified Level 3 per JAR-FSTD-H - FAA level 6.
The Rotorsim AW109 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) is based on the CAE Sim XXI™ platform and is deployed using a “Roll-on – Roll-off” (Ro-Ro) system. It features a common main structure with three different cockpits covering the Power, Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and Nexus variants of the AW109. The Power variant of this FFS (AW109E) operates under a Level-D level of qualification by ENAC and FAA.
AW139 FFS Number 1 & 2
The Rotorsim AW139 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) is based on the CAE Sim XXI™ platform and is deployed using a “Roll-on – Roll-off” (Ro-Ro) concept. It entered in service in 2007, in the AgustaWestland ‘A. Marchetti’ Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy, and in 2008 at CAE’s North East Training Centre (NETC) in Morristown, New Jersey, USA. It operates under a Level-D level of qualification by ENAC and FAA.
AW139 FFS Number 3
In March 2013 the Rotorsim 3000 Series AW139 FFS entered operation within the AgustaWestland ‘A. Marchetti’ Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. Jointly developed by CAE and AgustaWestland, this training device is based on the S3000 simulator platform introduced by CAE. It operates under a Level D qualification as per both EASA CS-FSTD(H) and FAA 14 CFR Part 60 standards for Full Flight Simulators.
The Rotorsim AW139 S3000 FFS enhances the traditional “Level D fidelity” providing training for commercial and military operators. It delivers Type rating, systems management and enhanced mission training.
The Rotorsim 3000 Series AW189 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) entered service in April 2014 at the AgustaWestland Training Academy ‘A. Marchetti’ in Sesto Calende, Italy. Jointly developed by AgustaWestland and CAE, this new training device is based on the CAE 3000 Series of helicopter flight and mission simulators. The device has formally achieved the Level D qualification both as per EASA CS-FSTD(H) and as per FAA AC 120-63 standard for Flight Simulation Training Devices.
It features an optimized design for the offshore configuration of the AW189 offering high fidelity training capabilities.
The AW169 Flight Training Device (FTD), designed and built by AgustaWestland and operated by Rotorsim, is consider to be a Key milestone in the provision of AW169 training services ahead of aircraft deliveries. The AW169 FTD has been certified by a joint European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA ) and Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) team to FTD Level 2 as per CS-FSTD(H), the certification specification for Helicopter Flight Simulation Training Devices. It has been the first training device to be certified following the EASA Operational Suitability Data (OSD) process.
In July 2008, Rotorsim was selected as the prime contractor to the Netherlands Ministry of Defense for the delivery of a Level D NH90 Full Mission Flight Trainer (FMFT) including a Virtual Sensor Trainer for the rear crew sensor operators. This was the first NH90 FMFT simulator for the naval variant of the NH90 helicopter.
The Joint NH90 Training Program (JNTP) NH90 simulator features a dual Troop Transport Helicopter (TTH) and NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) role configuration. The TTH T1 variant is identical in cockpit configuration and performance to the German Army simulator and is designed to be in compliance with JAR-STD-1H Level C; the NFH N2 variant is identical in cockpit configuration and performance to Dutch Navy NH90 and is designed to be in compliance with JAR-STD-1H Level D.
Rotorsim provides this service to other customers including:
the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (NFH)
the Royal New Zealand Air Force (TTH)
the Belgian Navy (NFH)
the Italian Navy (NFH)
and the Italian Army (TTH).
The FMFT replicates the real helicopter, including all systems and sub-systems, in terms of behaviour, functionalities, accuracies, limitations and failures characteristics.
The FMFT is a powerful training device that guarantees an efficient crew resource management (CRM) allowing the improvement of communications, situational awareness and teamwork for the all helicopter crew to promote safety and enhance the efficiency of operations while carrying out realistic tactical training in a representative environment (e.g. maritime/amphibious/land, friendly/hostile/neutral electronic, sub-surface, surface and air multi threat environment, night vision flight operations).