Training System

Our approach to flight training is rooted in a simple yet powerful philosophy: effective training should prioritize learning over passing a test. This is the key to creating the best pilots, and it’s the foundation of the Blackshape Training System. To support this training philosophy, we have developed the BK160-TR, the first aircraft specifically designed for flight training. 



Re-Introducing Airmanship to the Flight Deck

The Blackshape Training System (BTS) embodies the principles of competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) and is designed to develop the ICAO core competencies essential to becoming a skilled and safe pilot. Our goal is to help students reach their highest level of operational capability. With the BK160-TR and the BTS, we focus on developing self-aware, self-conscious, and highly skilled pilots who are ready to succeed in the real world.

BTS is structured to obtain:

  • Airmanship – From the basic «stick-and-rudder» to mission management
  • Standardization – For instructor, missions, grading and cadets proficiency
  • Availability – To dispatch aircraft always on time when needed
  • Readiness – To support cadet’s generation of digital natives
  • Enables enhanced effectiveness in the cadets’ washout



Syllabus Optimization

Another crucial objective of BTS is the downloading of hours from more expensive programs to the one managed with the BK160TR that guarantees reduced training costs for the operators. BTS is able to support all syllabi and their standardization, in accordance to Airlines and Air Force targets.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions

Wing area 110,98 ft2
Wing span 29,52 ft
Height overall 8,07 ft
Length overall 24,41 ft

Weight and loads

Max Take Off Weight 1,873.4 lb

Engine and propeller

Horsepower 160 hp
Engine Lycoming IO-320-D1B
Propeller Hartzell Raptor Series Composites

Performance

Takeoff Over 50ft Obstacle 1640 ft
Max Rate of Climb (MTOW, SL) 1450 fpm
Max Operating Altitude 11500 ft
Max Level Speed (SL) 160 KTAS
Landing Distance to 50ft 2231 ft
Load Factor +4.4 / – 2 g
Range @ Best Economy 350 nm

Avionics Front

Full glass cockpit avionics including:

  • EFIS Garmin G3x Touch Certified (GDU460)
  • Stand-by EFIS Garmin G5
  • COM/NAV Garmin GNC255A
  • Audio panel PS. Engineering PMA8000E
  • Stand-by compass
  • Autopilot GFC500 Garmin
  • Annunciator panel whit master caution and master warnings
  • LDG indicators and control with horn silencer function
  • Flap indicators and control
  • Elevator trim indicator
  • Dimmed internal light control panel
  • Emergency locator transmitter ELT E-04

Avionics Back

Dual Cockpit controls redundant and replicated:

  • Dual landing gear release & unlock
  • Instructor mode / Monitoring mode / Passenger mode
  • Emergency management also in case of cadet incapacitation

Airframe and systems

  • 2 x 17,2 gallons fuel tanks anti-blast
  • Differential brakes
  • Electrically actuated landing gear
  • Full carbon fiber structure
  • Dual control stick
  • Baggage allowed up to 72,75 Lb

TECH SPECS

Dimensions

Wing area 110,98 ft2
Wing span 29,52 ft
Height overall 8,07 ft
Length overall 24,41 ft

Weight and loads

Max Take Off Weight 1,873.4 lb

Engine and propeller

Horsepower 160 hp
Engine Lycoming IO-320-D1B
Propeller Hartzell Raptor Series Composites

Performance

Takeoff Over 50ft Obstacle 1640 ft
Max Rate of Climb (MTOW, SL) 1450 fpm
Max Operating Altitude 11500 ft
Max Level Speed (SL) 160 KTAS
Landing Distance to 50ft 2231 ft
Load Factor +4.4 / – 2 g
Range @ Best Economy 350 nm

Avionics Front

Full glass cockpit avionics including:

  • EFIS Garmin G3x Touch Certified (GDU460)
  • Stand-by EFIS Garmin G5
  • COM/NAV Garmin GNC255A
  • Audio panel PS. Engineering PMA8000E
  • Stand-by compass
  • Autopilot GFC500 Garmin
  • Annunciator panel whit master caution and master warnings
  • LDG indicators and control with horn silencer function
  • Flap indicators and control
  • Elevator trim indicator
  • Dimmed internal light control panel
  • Emergency locator transmitter ELT E-04

Avionics Back

Dual Cockpit controls redundant and replicated:

  • Dual landing gear release & unlock
  • Instructor mode / Monitoring mode / Passenger mode
  • Emergency management also in case of cadet incapacitation

Airframe and systems

  • 2 x 17,2 gallons fuel tanks anti-blast
  • Differential brakes
  • Electrically actuated landing gear
  • Full carbon fiber structure
  • Dual control stick
  • Baggage allowed up to 72,75 Lb

A new approach

The BK160-TR is a highly advanced training platform that enhances ab-initio training, enabling cadets to master all maneuvers outlined in the program. It also facilitates a smooth transition to more challenging training vehicles..

A sophisticated software system utilizes aircraft black box data, training mission data, and pilot’s biometric parameters (heart rate, blood pressure, facial expressions, and pupillary reflex) to match and analyze flight performances. This process enables the identification of top-performing cadets, helps address and correct difficulties experienced by others, and determines individuals who may not be eligible for a transport pilot license.



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