Mountainflyers Ltd. has completed its simulation center in Bern, Switzerland, with an Airbus H125 Virtual Reality (VR) Training Device produced by VRM Switzerland. The Robinson R22 FNPT ll and the Airbus H125 VR FTD3 enables the flight school to offer unique training and check concepts to their students and licenced pilots.
“Mountainflyers is the world‘s first Appoved Training Organisation which provides flight training on qualified virtual reality training devices. We are particularly pleased with the recent qualification of the H125 simulator. Thanks to the ability to perform Licence and Operator Proficiency Checks on the simulator, pilots can now train specific scenarios. This will significantly reduce costs for operators and further improve aviation safety,” underlines Christoph Graf, CEO and owner of Mountainflyers Ltd.
Mountainflyers developed several courses to enhance pilot competencies. The module “train untrained emergency situations” enables pilots to experience and train emergencies they cannot train on the real helicopter. Avoiding and handling Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC) trains pilots in decision making and facing difficult weather situations. Basic students can learn manoeuvres more efficiently on the simulator to apply them later in the real helicopter.
“Airbus Helicopters and VRM Switzerland fine-tuned the H125 simulator to reach the highest level of immersion,“ said Fabi Riesen, CEO of VRM Switzerland. “Hence, pilots can profit from a realistic reproduction of the right helicopter. So, they train normal and emergency procedures on the simulator to apply them without any adoption in reality. The other way around experienced pilots show on the device the same performance as in real life. This because of a representative flight behaviour, a 3D VR visual system and a sophisticated motion cueing. With the representation of the body and the full replica cockpit the pilot manipulates completely intuitive. A common tablet enables to work through checklists and to read charts.”
“As this training method is more efficient, our students not only fly more safely but also save money and time,” Graf explains.