VRM Switzerland and Helitrans of Norway have qualifed under EASA regulation the first VR FTD3. Helitrans will use the simulator for pilot training and checking.

“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.

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.

“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,” said Einar Viken, Training Manager, Helitrans. 

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,” said Ole Christian Melhus, CEO of Helitrans.