Posted by John McHaleMONTREAL, 11 Oct. 2010. CAE received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to deliver the pilot training ground school for the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter through a CAE Simfinity e-Learning program, enabling pilots to reduce their time at the flight training center for both initial and recurrent training.Pilots who complete the AS350 e-Learning program via distance learning will go through a brief pre-simulator review and qualification exam and then proceed to training sessions in the CAE 3000 Series helicopter mission simulator located at a CAE training location in Phoenix, Ariz. Instructor-led classroom training will not be required."This is another breakthrough for CAE's continuing innovation in training solutions development," says Jeff Roberts, CAE group president, Civil Simulation Products, Training, and Service. "We are committed to offering options to our clients that enhance safety as well as operational efficiency. This new helicopter e-Learning approach will provide highly effective training and help lower operators' costs by reducing pilots' time spent away from their base."For initial training, the no-classroom e-Learning option can save AS350 students two days at the training center, compared with the traditional instructor-led ground school. For recurrent training, pilots can save a full day. It may be possible for some pilots to complete their recurrent requirement in a single day at the training center -- arriving at the centre near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the morning, taking the qualification exam and simulator session, and then departing at day's end.The CAE Simfinity e-Learning course for the AS350 is designed to provide pilots with knowledge of the features, systems, operations, and limitations of the B, BA, B1, and B2 helicopter models. The program encompasses 20 modules and may be completed in about 15 hours. The interactive course incorporates simulations, animations, video, and other elements which facilitate student comprehension. Knowledge checks and online assessments are provided at key intervals.The AS350 Initial Pilot Training Course can be delivered through the CAE Learning Management System (LMS), which includes recommended sequencing, or through standalone portable electronic media. The e-Learning course is available at www.cae-Learning.com.For clients who prefer, the traditional instructor-led ground school is also available and can be conducted at a CAE training center or at the customer's facility.The CAE AS350 simulator in Phoenix was recently qualified by the FAA for Level 7 flight training device credits, as well as by Transport Canada. The CAE 3000 Series helicopter mission simulator features unprecedented realism for helicopter-specific mission training, including offshore, emergency medical services, law enforcement, high-altitude, corporate, and other operations. The simulator enables pilots to practice challenging procedures without risk such as low-level flight, confined area operations, and autorotation.For more information on the CAE 3000 Series helicopter mission simulators, visit www.cae.com/3000.