The FAA has certified Finland’s Coptersafety as a Part 142 training center. Coptersafety currently offers FAA-approved programs for the Leonardo AW139 medium twin helicopter and plans to expand training offerings to the Airbus H145 and Leonardo AW169 as soon as 2022.
The Part 142 approval “is the culmination of over two years of close coordination between the FAA and Coptersafety,” said Matt Presnal, Coptersafety’s chief theoretical knowledge instructor. “The certification makes Coptersafety the first and only independent international helicopter simulator Part 142 training center in Northern Europe. Now we are able to serve our current customers with FAA-certified training and offer our future customers opportunities to obtain their FAA ATP certificates, type ratings, and recurrent training in our state-of-the-art training center and simulators.”
Helsinki-based Coptersafety received level-D qualification from the FAA for its CAE-built AW139 full-flight simulator in 2020. The simulator facilitates training for tasks including airborne radar approaches, offshore standard approach procedures, and night vision goggle use. The company offers a full range of flight and mission training courses, as well as tailored training packages for helicopter emergency and medical services, search and rescue, offshore, and aerial work operators.