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4 novembre 2015 3 04 /11 /novembre /2015 13:55
Thales wins French Navy simulator support contract


November 4, 2015 by Thales Group


Thales has been chosen by the French Navy to provide through-life support (TLS) for almost all of its simulators. The six-year contract with the Navy’s fleet support department (SSF) calls for the support of 41 simulators at six naval facilities in France.


These simulators cover a broad spectrum of operations and all deployment contexts, from shipboard system maintenance to surface vessel crew training as well as firing simulators for the Mistral missile, 12.7 mm and 20 mm guns and other weapons.

They are used to train the crews of all French Navy surface vessels, including its multimission frigates, air defence frigates and the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. The new TLS contract covers simulators delivered from the 1990s to today, including systems currently on order.

This latest award strengthens Thales’s leadership in training and simulation for naval customers. 

Key points

  • Thales to provide TLS for almost all French Navy simulators.

  • Six-year contract for 41 simulators.

  • Simulation systems for all operational deployment contexts. 


Note to editors
Thales supports naval forces around the world with a wide range of training products, services and solutions, with a particular focus on mission planning and training efficiency.

- Surface crew training
For surface vessels, Thales provides highly integrated systems for the training of crews, command personnel and sensor and weapon operators.
- Training systems for submarines
Thales is present in the submarine segment, with pre- and in-service training systems deployed around the world. Solutions include submarine control simulators and combat system trainers.
- Maritime patrol aircraft and anti-submarine warfare
Thales delivers training solutions for a range of maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters, including highly realistic simulation of sensors (sonar, radar, EO/IR, etc.) and weapon systems, in an environment reproducing the most severe sea states. Advanced tactical environments can be tailored to the specific requirements of naval forces and their operational contexts.
- e-Learning and computer-based training
Thales has developed computer-based training (CBT) solutions for a number of vessel types around the world. These solutions are available on mobile platforms and are used for initial and operational training as well as for training in shipboard system maintenance.

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation, Defence and Security markets. In 2014, the company generated revenues of €13 billion with 61,000 employees in 56 countries. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

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31 mars 2015 2 31 /03 /mars /2015 07:50
A400M – Turbulenzen im Simulator

30 mars 2015 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 03/2015 15E12001


Triebwerksbrand und heftige Turbulenzen: die Piloten müssen das hochmoderne digitale A400M-Cockpit auch in Extremsituationen routiniert beherrschen. Dafür trainieren sie im neuen Fullflight-Simulator im Ausbildungszentrum Wunstorf. Sogar G-Kräfte werden hier realistisch simuliert.

Surprise Attack Fawcett (Steve Fawcett), Universal
Coma Nightmares Burrows (Brian Burrows), Universal
Koniglicher Wiener Walzer Bader Lopicic Lepierre (Torsten Bader, Zeljko Lopicic-Lepierre), Universal
Rock your World (Dennis Chick, Robert J Walsh, Ronn L Winslow), Universal


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16 mars 2015 1 16 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
The A109 Helicopter Simulator: Cooperation with Malaysian Airforce


15 mars 2015 NZDefenceForce


The A109 Simulator at RNZAF Base Ohakea provides top quality training to the airforce pilots in a safe and effective manner. This state of the art machine is the only one of few in the southern hemisphere of its kind, and can simulate all kind of challenging situation for the pilots to test themselves at.

Running at just 10 percent of the cost of running an actual aircraft, the machine can run all day for 250 days of the year. Any free flying time can be loaned out to other agencies, such as the Royal Malaysian Airforce who put their pilots through their paces against the simulator.

Check out the multinational forces at work in the NZDF's A109 Simulator!

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17 novembre 2014 1 17 /11 /novembre /2014 08:30
IAF Develops Cognitive Simulator


12.11.2014 Noa Fenigstien - IAF


Juggling between flying an aircraft while reading flight data from its systems at the same time is not an easy task for a pilot. A new simulator developed in the IAF is aimed to meet that exact challenge


During flight, helicopters pilots are required to juggle between flying, operating the helicopter systems, responding to threats, landing and processing flight data. The flight data is presented in front of the pilots and they are required to split their attention between the data and their surroundings.


"Maneuvering between the flight data and the surroundings is similar to watching a TV show while reading the subtitles", explains Major Avshalom Gil-Ad, Head of Human-System interface in the IAF. "We decided to try and accelerate the learning process using a cognitive trainer, aimed to speed up thinking process".


"Develop a different training"

The simulator, developed by the IAF, consists of basic flight systems and 3D glasses with sensors reacting to head movements.

The user "flies", while the simulator displays images of vehicles for the pilot to classify. In addition, the pilot has to simultaneously maintain strict flight restrictions such as flight path and altitude.


"Our goal is to develop the splitting of attention among the helicopter pilots", explains Major Gil-Ad. "The simulator allows us to develop a different training strategy for each individual pilot based on his strengths and weaknesses".

As of now, the simulator goes through trial-runs at the "Blackhawk" simulator squadron in "Palmachim" Airbase and scheduled to enter training program during 2015.

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22 octobre 2014 3 22 /10 /octobre /2014 07:20
Inside the F-35 Cockpit Simulator

20 oct. 2014 Lockheed Martin


Ever wonder what it's like to fly the F-35? Kenn Cooper, a senior specialist in simulation for the F-35 Lightning II, has helped everyone from kids to kings to see how it feels to fly our 5th Generation aircraft. Learn more about F-35 training and simulation: http://www.f35.com/training

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30 avril 2014 3 30 /04 /avril /2014 11:55
Simulateur de vol de l’hélicoptère NH90  - photo Sogitec Industries

Simulateur de vol de l’hélicoptère NH90 - photo Sogitec Industries



29 avril Aerobuzz.fr


Sogitec Industries a retenu la solution logicielle Genecopter de Genesis pour la restitution de l’environnement sonore des simulateurs NH90 des Forces françaises et finlandaises. Sogitec est maître d’œuvre du programme de développement et de production de 7 simulateurs de vol NH90 pour l’Armée de terre, la Marine nationale et l’Armée de terre finlandaise. Le premier simulateur, de type MRTD (Medium Range Training Device), est opérationnel au Centre de formation interarmées (CFIA) de l’Ecole de l’Aviation légère de l’Armée de Terre (EALAT) au Luc (Var).

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16 avril 2014 3 16 /04 /avril /2014 07:35
photo News Corp Australia

photo News Corp Australia

Australia's Hobart Class Destroyer (image : turbosquid)

14.04.2014 Defense Studies

An advanced training simulator, that will be used to train the future Navy crew of Australia’s new Hobart Class destroyers, is up and running at the Maritime Skills Centre at Techport in South Australia.

The system - called the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) Training Simulator - is part of a suite of simulators and other technologies that will be used to train the future Royal Australian Navy crews of the new guided missile destroyers. 

AWD Alliance CEO Rod Equid said it is great to see the first Hobart Class training system in place.   “It is a leap forward in technology and is on a scale never seen before for Royal Australian Navy warships or submarines,” Mr Equid said.

The IPMS is the next generation of ship management systems which has a software application that allows for real-time digital control of the ship’s functions, such as propulsion, steering and damage control. 

Course delivery has started for the AWD Alliance Test and Activation Group. Training for the first Navy crew for Ship 1 Hobart will start next year at the centre’s purpose-building training facility.

Training conducted this year will provide key members of the AWD Alliance with detailed information on the capability of the ship’s systems and develop the skills of the instructors prior to training future crew.   

The IPMS Training Simulator uses a variety of operating systems, applications and software to allow trainees to simulate the experience of being onboard the ship and having control of the ship’s systems including propulsion, steering, electrical distribution, auxiliaries and damage control.

“The simulation training system will be used to train crew on how to operate the ship using consoles that will be located throughout the ship, including those located on the bridge.” Mr Equid said.

All future crew members will need IPMS training before going to sea onboard one of the three new destroyers being built for the Navy by the AWD Alliance.

Training is also underway in the United States for the AWD Alliance Integrated Test Team (ITT), industry and future Navy crews to operate and maintain the highly complex combat system – including the Aegis Weapon System and Aegis Combat System Elements.  The training program is being delivered by the United States Navy through the Foreign Military Sales program and will continue over the next 18 months. More than 25 courses are being provided to a mix of Alliance and Navy personnel.

“The AWD Project is progressing with all Ship 1 hull blocks consolidated and work is now focussed on the next stage of systems integration including the load out of the combat system.  It is exciting to also be turning our attention to training people on how to use the equipment and operate the ship,” Mr Equid said.

The Alliance is made up of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) representing the Australian Government, ASC as the lead shipbuilder and Raytheon Australia as the mission systems integrator.

(AWD Alliance)

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 11:20
Boeing to Provide Maintenance Training Devices for US Navy P-8A Poseidon



Apr 7, 2014 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company


    Contract includes replica components and high-fidelity simulators


Boeing [NYSE: BA] will broaden its support for the U.S. Navy's fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft through a recent order for maintenance simulators.


The Navy plans to begin using six virtual trainers, one ordnance load trainer and 14 hardware-based devices to train P-8A maintenance personnel at Naval Air Station Jacksonville starting in 2016.


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2 avril 2014 3 02 /04 /avril /2014 16:20
Support: AVCATT Flies The Silicon Skies


April 2, 2014: Strategy Page


As the U.S. Army retrains its forces to handle conventional war, what the military calls “near-peer” (against someone who has similar weapons and abilities) combat it is finding that computer simulators make it possible to retrain quickly and inexpensively. This is especially true with helicopters, which operate quite differently in near-peer combat than when fighting irregulars and Islamic terrorists. Pilots operate flight controls, sensors and weapons differently and relearning near-peer procedures is very expensive if you do it in the air. It’s also quite dangerous, since one of the things you have to practice is operating in near-peer mode at night, in bad weather or under attack (or all three at once). That’s nearly as scary and is over 90 percent cheaper when done on a simulator.


The primary American helicopter simulator is AVCATT (Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer). This is a mobile (two trailers) system that can emulate AH-64A/D 6.1/10, OH-58D, UH-60A/L and CH-47D. AVCATT comes with terrain databases for the U.S. Army NTC (Fort Irwin), Grafenwoehr-Hohenfels training area in Germany, Iraq, Fort Hood (Texas), Afghanistan and Korea. Multiple AVCATT’s can communicate with each other to allow multiple crews to train together. Since all the trainee data is captured electronically it’s possible to give very valuable and detailed after-action critiques.


 AVCATT has been around since 2003 and that first version proved invaluable in converting crews from decades of near-peer combat training to handling less well armed and organized opponents. The original AVCATT cut the cost of pilot training some 80 percent by using the same electronic and display components found in PCs and video games. In addition to saving a lot of money, using off-the-shelf components makes is possible to create portable flight simulators. This is important for several reasons. For one thing, not every helicopter units follows the same training schedule, so it's a major advantage if the simulators could be easily moved from air base to air base. It's also important to get simulators to a war zone so pilots can practice battle tactics. There was also a special AH-64 flight simulator which used full fidelity (almost like the real thing) graphics.


The AVCATT, however, takes the off the shelf components, and mobility, trends a lot farther. Housed in two standard, 40 foot trailers, the system contains;


- Six Reconfigurable Manned Modules (simulated cockpits for pilot and copilot). These do not have the fidelity of older simulators, but are sufficient for experienced pilots to work out tactics in cooperation with other pilots, and against a realistic enemy. What makes these work in 2003 was the photo-realistic graphics then widely available from off-the-shelf PC video cards. Running at about $300 each, these cards provided the graphics power of graphics “systems" from the 1990s ago that cost about a million dollars each.


- A Battle Master Control (BMC) Station. This is the officer who runs the training exercise. He, or she, must be cruel, but fair.


- A Semi-Automated Forces (SAF) Operator. The bad guys are played by software generated aircraft and ground units. But as the name SAF implies, a human operator can intercede to avoid the silliness that software generated NPCs (Non-Player Characters) are often guilty of if left to their own devices.


- Four Role Player Stations are four people who will provide realistic spoken communications over the radio. Eventually these will be replaced by software, but at the moment it's more reliable to use people.


- Eight Tactical Operations Center (TOC) Stations. Similar to the Role Player Stations, but the TOC people usually assume the same role (unit commander, air controller, Etc.) for the entire exercise.


- An After Action Review (AAR) Station. This is a miniature theater that takes up nearly half of one trailer. It seats 20 and has large displays and a sound system on one end. The beauty of this set up is that, right after the exercise, the trainees and some of the staff can go to the "AAR Station" and see instant replay, with appropriate commentary, of what they did right, or wrong.


The first AVCATT cost about three million dollars for each two trailer set and since then have gotten more expensive but a lot more powerful. For example the current model uses helmet mounted displays so wherever the trainee looks they see what they would see in an actual helicopter. AVCATT was also built to plug and play with other army combat simulators, taking networked gaming to places civilian gamers can only dream about.


The U.S. Army had, during the 1990s largely abandoned milspec (military specifications) in purchasing electronics for use in their simulators. Since the 1990s, the army has taken full advantage of the growing power of PCs and, especially, PC graphics. Milspec components can take years to get approved. But in the last few decades, noting how civilian products are developed faster, and often are more reliable than milspec equivalents, and a lot cheaper, the Department of Defense has been more readily giving permission to develop equipment that does not contain milspec parts. The markedly lowered the cost of things like simulators, produced faster delivery times and greater portability and has made the non-milspec pretty much a standard in some areas of military equipment. And in other cases, troops are taking their laptops, PDAs and other off-the-shelf electronics to take care of business in the combat zone. This has been going on for decades, a sort of unauthorized field testing of new gear. Strictly forbidden of course, as using this unauthorized stuff could get someone killed. But so far, the non-milspec gadgets appear to have saved a lot more lives than they have endangered.

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 12:50
Indra Will Provide the Army With Seven New Victrix Simulators



Mar 19, 2014 ASDNews Source : Indra


With this new order, the Armed Forces will have 22 simulators for preparing international missions. The system developed at the Centre of Excellence in LeA3n has proven to be an effective training tool


The Ministry of Defence has awarded Indra a contract to provide seven new Victrix shooting simulators that will be installed at various Army barracks and bases. The systems, which will be delivered throughout the year, will be combined with actual training to help improve soldier preparedness.


The systems have been developed at Indra's Centre of Excellence in León and will join 15 other simulators that Indra delivered to the Army in previous years. These systems have proven to be effective training tools. Indra is one of the leading simulator manufacturers in the world and it has delivered 200 simulators in 23 countries for more than 50 customers.


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10 mars 2014 1 10 /03 /mars /2014 19:50
Finland orders training simulators from Saab



LINKOPING, Sweden, March 10 (UPI)


The Finnish Defense Force has ordered training and simulation systems from Saab Training & Simulation of Sweden under a contract worth nearly $56.5 million.


Saab said the contract covers regimental training and includes anti-tank simulators, vehicles simulators and systems for military operations in urban terrain. The contract also covers a midlife upgrade of the Finish combat training center and its systems.


Systems support from Saab for seven years is also part of the deal, Saab said.


"The Finnish Defense Force has once again chosen Saab as its partner," said Henrik Hojer, Saab's vice president of Training & Simulation. "The Finnish Army has used Saab's systems for more than 10 years and has always been a competent user.


"This order strengthens our position as one of the world's leading suppliers of combat training centers."


Additional details on the systems to be supplied and delivery schedules for them were not disclosed.

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13 décembre 2013 5 13 /12 /décembre /2013 13:50
Thales EC635 helicopter simulator for Swiss Air Force achieves Level D certification

13/12/2013 thalesgroup.com

Thales is pleased to announce that the EC635 helicopter Full Flight Mission Simulator (FFMS) delivered to the Swiss Air Force has achieved JAR FSTD-H* Level D certification issued by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA).

The Thales simulator, which is in service at Emmen Air Base, Switzerland, has therefore achieved the highest possible level of FSTD certification. Used to train EC635 helicopter aircrews, this latest-generation simulator meets the Swiss Air Force's specific pilot instruction and training requirements, improves operational effectiveness, raises levels of crew and operator safety and reduces environmental impacts.

The Thales simulator offers an extended range of capabilities, from ab-initio to tactical training, and allows pilots to train for emergency situations and more than 280 different types of equipment failures. It can be used to train aircrews for a broad array of missions including cargo and personnel transport, search and rescue and forest firefighting. Pilots train under highly realistic flight conditions in varied natural settings, including mountain regions. The simulator can reproduce whiteout and brownout situations, terrain-induced turbulence, very low-level flight and complex landing approach profiles.

Night flying conditions with or without night vision goggles can be realistically simulated. The simulator software also incorporates Thales's computer-generated forces application to simulate a broad range of tactical environments.

The projection system offers a field of view of 240 degrees horizontally and 90 degrees vertically. The ThalesView image generation software and associated database enable pilots to train with realistic views of any area in Europe. The whole of Switzerland can be reproduced extremely realistically from a high-resolution aerial imagery database containing details of buildings, roads, power lines and other structures for the entire country.

The EC635 simulator can be coupled to the AS532 Super Puma/Cougar simulator in service with the Swiss Air Force, also developed by Thales, providing pilots with unlimited scope for training exercises involving formation flying and tactical operations.

"This latest-generation simulator, which is now certified to the highest possible level, supports the training of Swiss Air Force EC635 helicopter pilots, offering them an extended array of state-of-the-art and highly realistic training capabilities."
Jean-Jacques Guittard, Vice President for Thales's Training & Simulation business

Thales has delivered more than 110 helicopter simulators to customers in 25 countries around the world.

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11 décembre 2013 3 11 /12 /décembre /2013 08:20
T-6A Texan II photo USAF

T-6A Texan II photo USAF


WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 10 (UPI)


Beechcraft Defense Co. and FlightSafety International have completed deliveries of ground-based T-6 pilot training devices to the U.S. military.


The last of 131 units produced for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System was delivered to the U.S. Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.


"We're proud to be able to say that all student pilots for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are trained in Beechcraft T-6 aircraft and the T-6 simulators produced in a partnership between Beechcraft and FlightSafety," said Russ Bartlett, president of Beechcraft Defense. "It's been an impressive partnership: every single T-6 aircrew training device has been delivered on time and on budget."


The T-6 is a single-engine turboprop based on Pilatus of Switzerland's PC-9. It is used by the U.S. military and the armed forces of Canada, Mexico, Greece, Israel and Morocco, among others.


The T-6 training devices by Beechcraft and FlightSafety replicate the aircraft's cockpit layout and aircraft performance.


Additional details on the training devices were not provided.

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27 novembre 2013 3 27 /11 /novembre /2013 13:35
Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17A Globemaster III at Canberra Airport

Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17A Globemaster III at Canberra Airport


BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 26 (UPI)


Boeing Co. has delivered a full-scale C-17 Globemaster III cargo compartment trainer to the Royal Australian Air Force, the company said.


The trainer is a fully functional replica of a C-17 fuselage that can simulate day/night operating conditions for loadmasters, as well as aeromedical evacuation training for aeromedical specialists.


"The C-17 program has delivered a substantial capability to Australia; this CCT represents the final component of that program," said RAAF Group Capt. Warren Bishop. "It will add significant value to the RAAF, providing the capability to train pilots and loadmasters in Australia."


The cargo compartment trainer will be used at an RAAF facility in Amberley, where loading vehicles, simulated cargo and other training assets are located.


The Royal Australian Air Force operates six C-17s for military transport missions and disaster relief operations.


Boeing said the operational cargo compartment trainer delivered to Australia is the third it has produced. Two others are being used at a U.S Air Force base in Oklahoma.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 12:35
Australian A330 MRTT simulator gets Level D certification

Sept. 18, 2013 by Greg Waldron – FG


Singapore - The Royal Australian Air Force’s full flight simulator for the Airbus Military Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has been granted Level D certification.


This is the first MRTT simulator in the world to receive the certification, says CAE, which produced the equipment. The certification was awarded by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.


Based on the A330-200 airliner, the MRTT is designated the KC-30A in Australian service. The simulator is located at RAAF Amberley.


"Aerial refuelling is a complex, challenging and sometimes dangerous operation so we need the highest fidelity training systems to prepare our aircrews for mission success," says Ewan Ward, project director, Project Air 5402 - air to air refuelling, Defence Materiel Organisation.


"Our new KC-30A full mission simulator combined with the full suite of KC-30A training devices will play a key role in cost-effectively training our tanker aircrews to accomplish a range of refuelling missions."


Australia operates five KC-30A aircraft.

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1 septembre 2013 7 01 /09 /septembre /2013 11:35
Australian MRH90 helicopter aboard HMAS Manoora.: Photo Descon7.

Australian MRH90 helicopter aboard HMAS Manoora.: Photo Descon7.

30 August 2013 army-technology.com


The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has commissioned the first of two MRH90 full-flight and mission simulators (FFMSs) at the Army Aviation training centre in Oakey, Queensland, Australia.


Manufactured by CAE under a A$180m ($160.8m) contract awarded in December 2007, the simulator is designed to enable both Australian Army and Navy pilots to practice skills in all flight regimes, day or night, by precisely replicating the actual feel of the aircraft in flight.


Defence Materiel Organisation chief executive officer, Warren King, said the flight simulator will contribute to the Australian Defence Forces' (ADF) helicopter capability for many years to come.


''The MRH90 simulator has a cockpit that functions just like that of a real aircraft, and replicates the aircraft's unique instrument display which is projected onto the pilots' visors,'' King said.


Army Aviation training centre commander colonel, David Burke, said the simulator helps instructors to present pilots with a range of operational training scenarios, including flying into remote bush landing sites, flying in formation with other aircraft and being safely exposed to complex emergency situations.


''The majority of basic training will now be conducted in the simulator before pilots get to the real aircraft,'' Burke said.


''The aim of the training is to immerse the pilots in the simulation, so they feel as though they are flying the real aircraft, completing real missions and dealing with real emergencies.''


Manufactured in collaboration with Thales, MRH90 simulator is formally certified to Level D, which represents highest standards of fidelity in the aviation industry.


The second simulator is scheduled to be installed at the main MRH90 operational base in Townsville during 2014.


MRH 90 is a 10t-class medium-lift helicopter designed to conduct troop transport, search and rescue, special operations and counter-terrorism missions in adverse conditions.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 11:35
Crew flying virtual MRH-90 helicopter in the Air Operations Simulation Centre - DSTO

Crew flying virtual MRH-90 helicopter in the Air Operations Simulation Centre - DSTO

August 29, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued August 28, 2013)


World Class Helicopter Simulator for the ADF


Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Materiel Organisation, Warren King, today formally accepted the delivery of the first of two MRH90 helicopter simulators at the Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey, Queensland.


The simulator allows Army and Navy pilots to practice their skills in all flight regimes, day or night, and accurately reproduces the feel of the aircraft in flight.


Mr King acknowledged the contribution made by DMO, Army, Navy and industry for their contribution in developing and supporting Australian Defence Force (ADF) MRH90 helicopter training.


“This world leading flight simulator will contribute to the ADF’s helicopter capability for many years to come,” Mr King said.


“The MRH90 simulator has a cockpit that functions just like that of a real aircraft, and replicates the aircraft’s unique instrument display that is projected onto the pilots’ visors,” he said.


Commandant of the Army’s Aviation Training Centre Colonel David Burke said the MRH90 simulator was the best he had flown.


“This simulator allows instructors to present pilots with a wide range of operational training scenarios such as flying in to remote bush landing sites, flying in formation with other aircraft, and being safely exposed to complex emergency situations,” Colonel Burke said.


“The majority of basic training will now be conducted in the simulator before pilots get to the real aircraft.


“The aim of the training is to immerse the pilots in the simulation, so they feel as though they are flying the real aircraft, completing real missions and dealing with real emergencies,” he said.


The MRH90 simulator is state of the art, and is fully accredited to meet the highest standards of fidelity, known in the aviation industry as ‘level D’, meaning that an hour in the simulator equates to an hour in the real helicopter.


A second simulator will be installed at the main MRH90 operational base in Townsville during 2014.

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15 juin 2013 6 15 /06 /juin /2013 11:55
Helisim 100 000th hour of simulator training

Helisim 100 000th hour of simulator training

Jun 14, 2013 ASDNews Source : Eurocopter


Helisim today celebrated the 100,000th hour milestone for flight simulator sessions with international customers, marking a key milestone in its training of pilots on Eurocopter helicopters that directly contributes to the safety of operators worldwide.


The value of Helisim’s services is the highly realistic flight experience provided in its ground-based simulators, enabling pilots to encounter even the most extreme operating conditions across a full range of civil, parapublic, governmental and military missions.


Helisim operates two full-flight simulators with motion systems that accommodate roll-on/roll-off Level D cockpits for the following rotorcraft: the EC225, EC155, AS332 L1 and AS332 Super Puma/Cougar, along with the AS365 N2 Dauphin/Panther. It also has a full-flight simulator for the NH-90 TTH tactical transport helicopter, along with one multi-cockpit Level 3 flight training device.


“Our training places pilots in real-life scenarios that cover everything from routine flight to the most demanding situations – all within the safe environment of our ground-based simulators,” said Helisim Chief Executive Officer Patrick Bourreau. “The commitment of our team is fully aligned with the goals of Eurocopter to ensure the safe operations of its customers – whatever type of missions they perform.”


Helisim training includes courses for helicopter type ratings, instrument ratings, maintenance flight checks, glass cockpit familiarization, line-oriented flight training, multi-crew coordination and cockpit resource management, along with the qualification of simulator training operators.


Mission-oriented training offered by Helisim covers offshore procedures, flight with night vision goggles, tactical flight, government and VIP operations, as well as combat SAR (search and rescue). Recurrent courses include all possible emergency procedures, within flight profiles covering instrument flight rules (IFR) and mountainous terrain flying to operations at helipads, in confined areas and to offshore platforms.


Situated nearby Eurocopter’s headquarters and production facility location in Marignane, France, Helisim trains an average of 3,000 pilots annually – performing approximately 14,000 hours of simulation per year. Helisim is co-owned by Eurocopter and Thales, with 45 percent shareholdings each, and Défense Conseil International, which holds the remaining 10 percent.

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