EDIC Horizon will upgrade its existing fleet of Bell 206 helicopters.
The upgraded aircraft feature integrated advanced technology cockpit, FADEC controlled engines and other advanced technologies to better equip pilots to transition to any modern aircraft.
“By upgrading our current fleet with single-engine glass cockpits, we are ensuring that our students are prepared for the future. The upgraded fleet enables us to meet the latest technology needs of aspiring pilots, while giving us a competitive edge in the market. We are confident that this investment will go a long way in helping our pilots stay ahead of the curve,” says Hareb Thani Al Dhaheri, CEO, EDIC Horizon.
The average age of the Bell 206s under replacement is 35 years, and they are primarily used for basic flight training, IR and Type training.
The new modernised glass cockpit, will improve crew situational awareness and dramatically reduce pilot workload, resulting in enhanced safety and mission capabilities.
The academy’s decision to invest in the upgrade is driven by the rising demand from aspiring pilots to be trained on helicopters featuring advanced technology.