ELITE Enstrom 480


Features of the ELITE Enstrom 480:

The offered ELITE Enstrom 480 Training Device is a full replica of the actual E480 Flight Deck environment and its functionalities.

All relevant Flight Deck controls, panels, knobs, switches, and other components found in the actual aircraft Flight Deck are replicated in size, look, feel and functionality in the Training Device.
In addition to aircraft hardware, the aircraft systems and avionics are simulated in detail to ensure the ability to represent and train virtually all phases of flight under normal, abnormal, and emergency conditions. Behind the Training Devices Flight Deck is an Instructor Operating Station with sufficient room for the instructor and an observer.

This proposed solution includes dual controls which have been built into an accurate replica of the Enstrom 480 cockpit. The flight controls, instrument shrouds and pilots seating position emulate the actual aircraft very closely to ensure maximum muscle retention and learning. The flight model for the aircraft has been programmed with the assistance of pilots who have flown the actual aircraft in question. The footprint of this device would be relative to the actual aircraft cut off just behind the pilot’s seat in the aircraft. The instrument shroud and other panels are very accurate replications of those found in the aircraft with the center console containing most of the navigation units that are found in the actual aircraft.

Outside and in front of the Training Device is a curved projection screen where the synthetic world is projected on by three high-definition projectors that are mounted above the Training Device. The result is a highly accurate Flight Deck and large-scale visual system that provides an immersive training environment that puts pilots in an incredibly realistic simulated environment where they can learn jet flying skills that are nearly impossible to train using actual aircraft.

The E480 Flight Deck consists of the following:

  • Single-engine turbine based on the Allison 250
  • Accurate Analog/Aspen reproduction.
  • Accurate center console replication.
  • Flight tests performed by experienced Enstrom 480 Pilots.
  • Optional vibration system
  • Replica Fibreglass Cockpit
  • Accurate Cyclic, collective and A/T Pedals
  • Detailed instruments
  • Accurate sub-panel
  • Powerful Force Feedback
  • Type-specific Emergency Procedures
  • Multiple advanced Emergencies
  • Accurate startup and shutdown sequences


The main simulation features:

  • Controls: The Dual cyclic control system has control loading, with the Dual collective having an adjustable Pilot controlled friction system.
  • Center console: The center console of the Enstrom 480 will be an accurate replica of that found in the customers aircraft.
  • Avionics: Analogue instrumentation replicates the exact configuration of the Enstrom 480 aircraft which function almost exactly the same as the real gauges do in the actual aircraft ensuring maximum transfer of learning and muscle memory retention but at a fraction of the cost.
  • Force Feedback: Force feedback on the controls ensure an accurate feel to the control surfaces with changes in airspeed and weight configurations, resulting in a realistic control feel, which adds to the development of muscle memory and rapid emersion into the simulation scenario.
  • Aerodynamics: A very accurate aerodynamic and realistic feel during flight has been developed. Our flight model software for the device has been developed with the aid of extensive feedback from Air Tractor Pilots to ensure a realistic and accurate flight model.
  • Cockpit enclosure: The device enclosure consists of a Fiberglass shell that has been built to replicate the exact same shape and dimensions of the actual aircraft.
  • Sound System: ELITE makes use of state-of-the-art sound equipment that generates accurate engine and system sounds thereby adding to a more rapid and accurate emersion and generation of a lasting learning experience.
  • Scenery System: The flight platform scenery software provides a worldwide database of airports, terrain, and major city outlines. In addition to this extensive database, ELITE can optionally also build a specific accurate scenery representation of at least one base that your organization operates from. The database of this software is able to be updated with the latest information from real-world sources.


Visual system:

  • 200-degree horizontal and 45-degree vertical, curved, movie-quality projector screen and frame
  • Three overhead projectors to create a high-definition (HD) visual environment which simulates frontal and side window visual effects
  • 5760 x 1080 pixels (6.2 million pixels)
  • Pilot in Commands FOV Eye Point Adjustment through IOS station
  • Warping and Edge Blending
  • Structure for projector support
  • Features full immersion during the training session


Instructor Operator Station

The Instructor Operator Station by ELITE provides the following components and functionalities:

· Instructor Station Control Panel with intuitive touch-screen GUI

· Instructor station enclosure with Instructor desk, two Flat panel touch monitors intuitive and ergonomic layout, and functionality


Software capable of

o easily repositioning the aircraft to a variety of ground and Flight positions instantly

o adjusting the time to include dawn, day, dusk, and night

o adjusting the weather such as winds, cloud cover, visibility, rain, and snow

o activating Pause, Reposition, and Event Marking

· Loading saved scenarios to include: aircraft position, aircraft configuration, and weather parameters

· Track and Departure/Approach plots to be recorded, displayed, stored, and printable

· Simulation of a variety of failures which include, but are not limited to: engine failures, APU failures, Cargo failures, hot/hung starts and gear malfunctions, electrical failures as well as minor system faults

· Display of a moving map that shows aircraft position, surrounding airports, and navigational aids


Certification level/approvals:

The ELITE E480 meets the following certification criteria:

  • FAA AATD (Advanced Aircraft Training Device) and FTD level 4-5


The names Enstrom, Enstron 480 and E480, as well as related names, marks, emblems, and images, are registered trademarks of their respective owners. ELITE is not affiliated with any brand.

Pictures and setups may differ from the actual product, and depend on the options selected. All pictures and documents available on this website are strictly nonbinding.


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