The Irish Air Corps is seeking helicopter simulator time to provide initial and recurrent training for its Eurocopter EC135 twin-engine light helicopters.
The service has issued a solicitation for proposals for a two-year contract involving 92 hours of simulator training per year. The sim must also be certified for night-vision goggles or the contractor should provide NVG stimulation in the live environment.
In recent years the IAC has used EC135 simulators in Germany and the U.K., notably at the German Army School of Aviation in Bückeberg and with U.K. civilian contractor Bond Helicopters. There are currently no EC135 simulators in Ireland, although locating one there would be an option for bidding organizations.
The deadline for responses to the solicitation is Nov. 23, with the contract due to come into operation in January.
The EC135 is used as the main ab initio rotary-wing training aircraft. The IAC will provide its own instructors for the training.
Ireland has a small air arm largely devoted to domestic patrol duties, which has nevertheless undergone considerable modernization in recent years. Ageing Fouga Magister jets have been replaced by Pilatus PC-9M turboprops, and equally elderly Alouette III helicopters have been supplanted by six AgustaWestland AW139 medium-lift transport machines plus two EC135s for pilot training and utility transport.