Grand Prairie, Texas / 20,000 SF
BOKA Powell worked with Airbus Helicopters, Thales, and France-based helicopter pilot training service provider Helisim to design a state-of-the-art training facility in North Texas. Delivered as part of a design-build team with McCarthy Building Companies and Hoar Program Management (HPM) as third-party program manager, the phased project will include a total of three Full Flight Simulator (FFS) devices for Airbus’ latest helicopter models. The Phase I building, completed in May 2020, incorporates pilot instruction and debriefing spaces, cockpit and equipment storage, and office space for Helisim’s training staff. Headquartered in Marignane, France, Helisim as a joint-venture between Airbus and simulator manufacturer Thales. This first facility in North America provides training and support for pilots who must learn how to fly new aircraft and also maintain required FAA training and instruction hours on simulator devices.