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EASA qualifies virtual reality Level 3 H125 FTD

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VRM Swiss Press Release | May 24, 2022

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EASA, VRM Switzerland and Airbus Helicopters open the door to new standards for helicopter pilot training by certifying Airbus Helicopters H125 Flight Training Equipment (FTD) Level 3 with Virtual Reality (VR) technology at the Norwegian Helicopter. opened. This training device has been approved by Airbus helicopters, allowing pilots to fly and feel the H125 with fidelity very close to a real helicopter at all stages of flight and in emergencies. The simulator is used for pilot training and checking and provides training credits.

Simulators allow pilots to be trained in operational situations that are dangerous in real flight but add great value to training. VRM Swiss Photo

New heights of helicopter training

“VRMSwitzerland further enhances the innovative VR technology that was first certified for another aircraft in 2021. Backed by Airbus helicopter expertise, the newly certified H125 simulator is FTD Level 3 It meets the requirements and achieves a very high level of representativeness. The fully replica cockpit layout combined with the in-house developed electric high dynamic motion platform and VRM pose tracking system allows pilots to operate the helicopter like a real thing. VR system with 3D vision and high resolution landscape enhances the immersive feeling of the whole body. Novelty is a common tablet with a checklist and other documents fully integrated into the virtual world. This will allow pilots to operate a real tablet in VR for the first time, “said Fabi Riesen, CEO of VRM Swisserland.

Regulatory and industry cooperation to improve flight safety
Francesco Gaetani, Head of Air Crew & Medical Department at EASA, said: The EASA has carefully investigated the capabilities and effectiveness of this combination of VR and motion systems for helicopter training. EASA is confident that these types of new technologies will add value to training institutions in terms of cost and flight safety. These devices utilize new technologies not predicted by existing regulatory requirements, so special conditions for approval had to be developed to ensure equal safety. During this process, EASA and the industry have effectively worked together to establish appropriate certification criteria for the H125 FTD. “

David Solar, Head of General Aviation and VTOL at EASA, emphasizes: The VRM H125 FTD certification is one of the concrete achievements of the rotary wing aircraft safety roadmap, which is more affordable and more versatile and can be used to increase the overall safety of the rotary wing aircraft. Pave the way for training devices. It also shows that collaboration between regulatory agencies and the industry is the best way to move all stakeholders forward. “

Airbus Helicopters and VRM Switzerland sign partnership agreement
VRM Switzerland and Airbus Helicopters signed a commercial partnership agreement for the commercialization of the simulator at the Heli Expo in Dallas, Texas in 2022. Within the framework of this agreement, the two companies will work together to deploy devices around the world and identify new areas of development for other helicopters and missions.

“With this type of simulator, it is very dangerous in real flight, but it allows the pilot to be placed in operational situations that add great value to training. This is not only an emergency procedure, but a gradual deterioration. It also applies to scenarios such as flying in weather conditions. This partnership is consistent with the safety roadmap for EASA rotary wing aircraft. One of the main objectives is to develop more affordable training devices for helicopters. Is to enable, “said Gilles Bruniaux, Head of Product Safety for Airbus Helicopters.

“When we first met VRMSwitzerland, we quickly realized the great potential of the simulator and its added value in the training environment. Today, with FTD Level 3 EASA certification, a new step in simulator time that brings credit to training. These innovative tools bring many benefits to our customers by enhancing safety, affordability and flexibility, “said Sabrina, Head of Training and Flight Operations. Barbera says.

Reduce checks, increase training and increase flight safety

“The H125 training solution enables more effective execution of regular programs. Today, operators perform pilot-based skill checks primarily on real helicopters, in accordance with regulations. With this simulator, pilots Can be learned more purposefully in scenario-based training without emitting carbon. This device is approved as part of skill checks, type evaluations based on the EASA component FCL, and instrument flight certification. This technology can be used to implement the concept of evidence-based training (EBT), “commented Fabi Riesen.

This press release was produced and distributed by VRM Switzerland.

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