After Switzerland and Norway, Germany is the third country to receive an EASA qualified Airbus H125 FTD Level 3 at Meravo Helicopters. The virtual reality (VR)-based device used for professional pilot training and checking is developed and built by VRM Switzerland. Like already in other countries, this enables flight schools to execute licence and proficiency checks in a realistic environment to improve flight safety.

Once Meravo decided to invest into a future-oriented concept, the implementation was performed in close cooperation with the VRM Switzerland’s own Flight Simulation Training Device Organisation (FSTDO). The companies planed the construction of a modern room, which represents a simulator centre at Meravo’s homebase. The entire qualification process was taken over by the FSTDO team. This has the big advantage that operators do not have to acquire the complex know how to qualify and run an FSTD under EASA regulation. 

The Training Device enables H125 pilots to receive credits towards a CPL, type ratings, as well as licence and operator proficiency checks. 

“In contrast to the real helicopter, emergency procedures can be trained and executed realistically on the Airbus approved device. This completely without any risk in an optimal learning environment, more cost efficient and even environmentally friendly,” Fabi Riesen, CEO of VRM Switzerland, comments. This in addition to a weather and daytime independent planning.

The VR Training Device with its 360-degree 3D panoramic view and dynamic motion system enables users to execute realistic scenario-based trainings to improve pilot competencies specifically. As customers from VRM Switzerland always profit from the latest developments, Meravo receives as well the lately implemented demonstration and upset recovery module. Trainings to prevent and recover from inadvertent instrumental meteorological conditions (IIMC) and a vortex ring state recovery lesson complement the applications.