"EuroSafety is the leading provider of airframe safety training for Airbus, Leonardo & Bell helicopters. We offer initial, advanced & recurrent training."

Enhanced Initial


Enhanced Initial Training

A unique and advanced combination of ground school, simulation and real-world airframe training.


EuroSafety’s enhanced Initial Training further expands upon ESI’s already comprehensive program by adding the use of the simulator located at the Airbus Helicopter Factory in Grand Prairie, Texas. When combining the actual airframe with a full-motion simulator the level of skills, knowledge and preparation for an unforeseen event is greatly enhanced.

When learning to first operate the helicopter, cockpit familiarization and start procedures can be overwhelming and limiting. By performing the initial starts in the simulator the pilot is introduced to numerous starts and the addition of malfunctions during starts further prepares the pilot for the operation of the helicopter.

Once starts have been mastered the pilot moves to the airframe and now is more comfortable with the aircraft environment and start procedure. The pilot is now ready for an introduction to airframe flight, basic maneuvers and malfunction events such as hydraulic failures.

Once the basics of the helicopter are mastered the pilot moves back into the simulator for basic airframe malfunctions. It is easy to talk about a battery temperature light, analyzation and actions in a classroom environment. However, it is far different to address the malfunction while flying the airframe. Additionally, it is far more difficult to address a malfunction if it’s the first time you have seen it. By exposing the pilot to all the caution panel and airframe malfunctions in the simulator the pilot is better equipped to deal with any unforeseen event.

For the final phase of the enhance initial training program the pilot once again is in the actual airframe and performs full down stuck pedal and engine failure malfunctions.



Course Content

Ground School

  • Aircraft systems

  • Rotorcraft flight manual

  • Limitations

  • Emergency procedures

  • Accident reviews

  • Pre-flight inspection

For both on site and remote training your instructor will arrive with all items needed to conduct the ground school.  You and your pilots need simply to sit down and begin the interactive learning process.

Flight Training

Single Engine - Start and shut down procedures, normal maneuvers, power checks, hydraulic failures to full touchdown, tail rotor failures to touchdown, full down autorotations, governor failures when applicable.

Multi Engine - Start and shut down procedures, normal maneuvers, power checks, hydraulic failures to full touchdown, tail rotor failures to touchdown, full down single engine failures, governor failures when applicable.


Training Durations by Airframe

Each airframe has different requirements for instructional content and flight exam components.  Below are the standard time commitments for each airframe.  Flight time may be extended at customers request and may also be extended for pilots that require more time to meet certification levels.

Airframe Ground School Flight Time per Pilot
AW109 Initial 4 days 6 hours
AS350B3 2B Initial 3 Days 3 hours
AS350B3 2B1 Initial 3 Days 3 hours
AS350B3e / H125 Initial 3 Days 3 hours
AS355F Models Initial 3 Days 3 hours
AS355N Initial 3 Days 3 hours
Bell 206B3 Initial 3 Days 3 hours
Bell 205 Initial 3 Days 3 hours
BO105 Initial 3 Days 3 hours
EC120 Initial 3 Days 4.5 hours
EC130T2 Initial 3.5 Days 3 hours
EC130B4 Initial 3 Days 3 hours
EC135 Initial 6 Days 6 hours
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Pilots are awarded a EuroSafety Certificate of Achievement upon satisfactory completion of the written exam and flight training events.  All sections must be completed in order to be certified.

Pilots will also receive a Photo ID Badge indicating their ratings and complete certifications.

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Pilots must hold a rotorcraft rating and current medical certificate.


A credit card is required to book a training event.  Training cancelled between the confirmation of the training event and 60 days prior to the event will incur just the cost of canceling travel reservations. In the event the cancellation of training is within 60 days of the training event will induce a charge equal to half of the total invoice plus airline ticket cost. Cancellation of enrollment within 30 days of departure of the training event will induce a full charge.