| Zee Yusri |
THE launching of a new CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC) yesterday by the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) marks the commencement of the training programme offered by the centre.
The training centre features programmes for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter in a new CAE 3000 Series S-92 simulator, which was recently certified by the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) to Level D, the highest qualification attainable for flight simulators. Brunei Shell Petroleum’s S-92 helicopter pilots have already begun training at the centre, which is expected to draw interest from other S-92 customers in the region.
The CAE 3000 series are military helicopter flight and mission simulators that offer an immersive training experience covering the full range of military pilot requirements. This new CAE simulation offers unmatched pragmatism for helicopter-specific mission training such as search and rescue, combat, confined area and rooftop landing, and night-vision goggle operations.
The simulation is cost-effective and improves safety by enhancing pilot proficiency. The simulation environment enables risk-free exposure to events not suitable or possible for training on the actual aircraft. Training in a CAE 3000 series helicopter flight simulator costs less than training in a turbine-powered helicopter, it extends the service availability of aircraft fleets and frees up aircraft for operational use. It also enhances mission readiness and efficiency as the centre allows for unlimited aircrew training schedules.
The simulation is designed for fast cockpit interchanges that lead to maximum utilisation and training flexibility, low acquisition costs, significantly reduced lifecycle training costs as well as providing ease of operation and maintenance
Additionally, there is also a CAE-built PC-7 flight training device (FTD) which was recently installed at the centre to provide training for pilots using PC-7 training aircraft.
Further supporting the centre’s capabilities was the establishment of an Emergency and Crisis Management Centre of Excellence to assist personnel from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the National Disaster Management Centre by providing comprehensive training with the goal of being better prepared for potential national emergencies.
Using simulation-based training, the centre will offer emergency and crisis management training programmes that will improve coordination, response time and operational decision-making during a range of scenarios.
In a boost to the centre’s reputation, emergency and crisis management training will also be made available to member states of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (Asean).
The General Manager of the centre, Kevin Speed, said the facility will play a prominent role in the training and education of professionals in Brunei and throughout the Asean region who are involved in mission-critical environments.
The training centre is expected to take delivery of a CAE 3000 Series S-70i Black Hawk helicopter simulator late next year and simulation-based training programmes such as the support of healthcare is also expected to be added to the centre’s roster of available programmes in the future.