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Entrol Delivers Bell 505 Helicopter Simulators to CAE for US Air Force Training

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Entrol Delivers Bell 505 Helicopter Simulators to CAE for US Air Force Training

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Entrol Delivers Bell 505 Helicopter Simulators to CAE for US Air Force Training
Entrol Delivers Bell 505 Helicopter Simulators to CAE for US Air Force Training

Entrol has delivered three Bell 505 configured simulators to CAE Defense & Security in support of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Rotary Wing (IFT-R), Introductory Flight Training at the CAE Dothan Training Center. Entrol was subcontracted to deliver two H1000 Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) devices with the Bell 505 configuration and one Bell 505-based Flight Training Device (FTD) Level 5 unit. The simulators are equipped with a full G1000H replica developed by Entrol, making the transition from the simulator to the real helicopter as smooth as possible. CAE was awarded the USAF Rotary Wing, Introductory Flight Training in June 2023 to support the U.S. Air Education and Training Command and provide critical flight training to USAF student pilots as part of the Helicopter Training Next program. The program supports the training of all initial USAF rotary-wing air, ground, and simulation training.

“The IFT-R program is a significant flight training program focused on improving safety and training efficiency for the next generation of rotary wing pilots. Leveraging the capabilities of industry, we continue to enhance training and mission readiness to deliver a global training experience,” says Merrill Stoddard, CAE Defense & Security, Vice President and General Manager USA.

“Entrol is proud to manufacture these devices for CAE Defense & Security to support the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Rotary Wing. We believe these devices will enhance their training and security,” says Luis Olarte, Entrol’s CEO and Co-Founder.

H06 / Bell 505 FTD Level 2 simulator.
H06 / Bell 505 FTD Level 2 simulator. (Photo by Entrol)

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X (JRX) is an American/Canadian light helicopter developed and manufactured by Bell Helicopter. The Bell 505 was unveiled at the 2013 Paris Airshow in June 2013 as the Bell SLS (Short Light Single). The Bell 505 designation was officially announced in February 2014. The Bell 505 is a “clean sheet” design, but uses some dynamic components, such as the rotor system, of the Bell 206L-4. The airframe is constructed of metal and composites, and has a 22-square-foot (2.04 m²) flat floor and an 18-cubic-foot (0.51 m³) luggage bay. The Safran Arrius 2R is used with a dual-channel FADEC and a 3,000-hour Time-between-overhaul. The 505 cockpit is equipped with the Garmin G1000H glass avionics suite. Various options such as a cargo hook are available.

Entrol is a manufacturer of EASA and FAA certified FNPT, FTD and AATD flight simulators. The company was established in 2005 by the brothers Luis Olarte and Pedro Olarte. In the beginning, Pedro developed all the software while his brother Luis learnt how to do hardware integration. Entrol has been growing steadily since then, becoming the renowned manufacturer it is today, with 40 employees, 20 different simulators and customers in more than 30 countries. The company are an OEM, so everything is manufactured in-house with our own technology, allowing us to meet current and future regulatory requirements. As a private company, we will respond to your needs quickly and efficiently.

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