Entrol has designed, manufactured and installed a K-MAX® FTD (Flight Training Device) Level 5 simulator to Kaman Aerospace, who resumed production of this medium-to-heavy lift helicopter in 2015.
The K-MAX® FTD Level 5 simulator has been installed at Kaman's new helicopter customer service facility in Bloomfield, CT. It will be used for K-MAX® transition training, and will be incorporated into the K-MAX® initial and recurrent flight training syllabus. The FTD will allow pilots to practice normal and emergency procedures.
“As we continue to increase our fleet size, and expand the demand for training, the technology that Entrol has been able to incorporate into an FTD provides a complementary and effective tool for enriching our pilot training experience,” stated Darlene Smith, Vice President and General Manager of Kaman’s Air Vehicles Division.
“This simulator is a milestone in Entrol, as it is the first to be installed in the USA. We are very proud that Kaman Aerospace has chosen us to develop their K-MAX® FTD Level 5 simulator.” said Luis Olarte, CEO of Entrol.
Since 2005, entrol develops and manufactures helicopter and fixed-wing FNPT and FTD simulators, for flight schools, airlines and operators, in order to improve pilot training, increase security on aircraft operations and reduce operational costs.
entrol simulators are covered by a comprehensive after-sales services and designed according to CS-FSTD and FAA FTD directives.
Kaman Aerospace is a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), which was founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, USA the company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; super precision, miniature ball bearings; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; production of the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime aircraft.
Development of the K-MAX® aircraft was led by Kaman founder and former CEO, aviation pioneer Charlie H. Kaman, and received Federal Aviation Administration certification in 1994. The K-MAX® is a rugged low-maintenance aircraft that features a counter-rotating rotor system and is optimized for cyclical, external load operations. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg).