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EASA qualifies virtual reality Level 3 H125 FTD

VRM Switzerland Press Release | 24 May 2022

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EASA, VRM Switzerland and Airbus Helicopters have qualified the Airbus Helicopters H125 flight trainer (FTD) Level 3 with Virtual Reality (VR) technology at Helitrans in Norway, opening the door to new standards in helicopter pilot training. This training device is certified by Airbus Helicopters and allows pilots to fly and feel the H125 with accuracy very close to real helicopters at all stages of flight and in emergency situations. The simulator will be used for pilot training and control and will provide training credits.

The simulator allows pilots to be trained in operational situations that can be risky in real flight but bring significant added value to training. VRM Switzerland Photo

New heights in helicopter training

“VRM Switzerland has further developed its innovative VR technology, which was first qualified for a distinctive aircraft in 2021. Backed by the expertise of Airbus Helicopters, the newly qualified H125 simulator meets FTD Level 3 requirements and achieves a very high level of representation. Developed in-house, Our full replica cockpit layout together with electrically powered high dynamic motion platform and VRM exposure tracking system allows the pilot to operate the helicopter like real.The VR system with 3D image and high resolution scenes completes the whole body immersion experience.An innovation is fully integrated in the virtual world, It is the common tablet with stored checklists and other documents. This enables the pilot to operate a real tablet in VR for the first time,” says Fabi Riesen, CEO of VRM Switzerland.

A collaboration between regulator and industry to improve flight safety
Francesco Gaetani, deputy head of EASA’s Air Crew and Medical Department, said: “The H125 FTD approval represents a milestone for virtual reality use in devices from FNPTs to FTDs. EASA has carefully explored the capabilities and implications of this combination of VR and motion systems for helicopter training. EASA is confident that such new technologies will provide training organizations with added value in terms of cost and flight safety. Because these devices use new technologies not foreseen in current regulatory requirements, specific conditions had to be developed for approval to provide an equivalent level of safety. In the process, EASA and industry have actively collaborated to establish a solid qualification foundation for the H125 FTD.”

David Solar, head of EASA General Aviation and VTOL department, emphasized: “EASA and the rotorcraft industry’s commitment and goal when approving the Rotorcraft Safety roadmap in 2018 was to have visible and tangible results within five years. The VRM H125 FTD qualification is one of the tangible results of the Rotorcraft Safety Roadmap, paving the way for more affordable and potentially more versatile training devices that can be used to improve overall rotorcraft safety. It also demonstrates that collaboration within a regulator and industry is the best way to keep all stakeholders moving forward.”

Airbus Helicopters and VRM Switzerland sign partnership agreement
VRM Switzerland and Airbus Helicopters signed a commercial partnership agreement to commercialize the simulator during the 2022 Heli Expo in Dallas, Texas. Under this agreement, both companies will collaborate to deploy the device worldwide and identify new development areas for other helicopters and missions.

“With this type of simulator, you can put the pilot in operational situations that can be very risky in real flight but bring a significant added value to the training. It applies to emergency procedures as well as scenarios such as flying in worsening weather conditions. This partnership is in line with the EASA Rotorcraft Safety roadmap, one of the main goals of which is to enable the development of more affordable training devices for helicopters,” said Gilles Bruniaux, head of Product Safety at Airbus Helicopters.

“When we first met VRM Switzerland, we immediately realized the great potential of the simulator and its added value in the educational environment. Today, with the FTD level 3 EASA qualification, a new step has been taken with the simulator hours that will earn credits in education. Such an innovative tool will bring many benefits to our customers by increasing safety, affordability and flexibility,” said Sabrina Barbera, head of training and flight operations.

Less control, more training improves flight safety

“The H125 training solution allows for more efficient execution of repetitive programs. Today, operators perform maneuver-based proficiency checks mostly on real helicopters, according to regulation. With this simulator, pilots can learn more purposefully in scenario-based trainings without any carbon emissions. The device is approved for proficiency checks, type ratings per EASA part FCL, and parts of an instrument rating. Evidence-based education (EBT) concepts can be applied with this technology,” says Fabi Riesen.

This press release was produced and distributed by VRM Switzerland.

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