VRM Switzerland and Norway’s largest inland helicopter company Helitrans qualify under EASA regulation the first VR FTD3. Helitrans will use the simulator for pilot training and checking.
Realistic pilot training and checking with the advantages of newest simulator technology
“For VRM Switzerland it is a milestone to open the door for flight schools and operators to train and execute checks on a VR FTD3. Because our technology provides the pilot with the important 3D visual references and the feel of the helicopter. On top of the required FTD3 standard, our system is based on an electrically driven high dynamic motion system which enables the pilot even to feel where the skids are touching the ground. Normal and emergency procedures can be trained realistically and without risk, even such which cannot be trained in the real helicopter.” says Fabi Riesen, CEO of VRM Switzerland
Unique customer service of VRM Switzerland enables Helitrans to operate their FSTD
“The entire involved team of Helitrans, Norway’s largest domestic helicopter operator, is proud to be the first company worldwide to operate a qualified Virtual Reality FTD Level 3. This certificate of EASA confirms our decision to invest in this new technology which will be paramount in increasing the safety level.” Ole Christian Melhus, CEO of Helitrans says.
Helitrans has already invested in two VRM Switzerland training devices that will be set up as a part of a new independent flight school providing training for pilots of Helitrans as well as of other Scandinavian helicopter operators to increase the general flight safety.
“VRM Switzerland has built up a competent and efficient own Flight Simulation Training Device Organisation and has been a part of the entire process. The VRM Switzerland team now takes over the administrative and technical work to operate the devices which frees us to focus on our core competencies.” he adds.
“This system allows us to execute training and checks on a simulator at a high standard without any adaption time. Pilots on all experience levels can profit to enhance their competencies.” Einar Viken, Training Manager underlines.
Melhus, coming from the airline industry, has first-hand witnessed the effect of safety focused and structured simulator training, and perceive how VR training can benefit the industry of inland helicopter services in the same manner.
“I am extremely thrilled to be part of the paradigm shift the innovative and sophisticated training concept VRM Switzerland is now launching, through high resolution 3D visual representation combined with full flight equivalent motion, enabling the rotorcraft segment to further build a strong training and safety culture, reducing incident and accident rates towards airline standards.”, Ole Christian Melhus adds.
VRM Switzerland is the leading manufacturer of VR helicopter simulators, which has also qualified the first VR training device as a type-specific Robinson R22 FNPT II under EASA regulation. The company consists of an innovative team of 30 passionate engineers, highly specialized developers and dedicated aviation experts. All mechanical designs and electronic circuits are designed and coordinated in-house. Another strength of the team is its proximity to flight schools and operators. www.vrm-switzerland.ch
Helitrans is Norway’s largest inland helicopter company with close to 100 employees, operating 23 helicopters within a range of special operations and have 9 bases spread out from the south to north above the arctic circle. Helitrans AS was founded in 1990. www.helitrans.no
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