The full-flight simulators (FFS) at NCCH are developed and manufactured by Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH. Our recently certified Airbus H145 Level D FFS will go in service in October 2018 and will be followed by an Airbus H135 Level D FFS in 2019.
REISER’s FFS cockpits are full-scale replica of the original helicopter, built to the respective certification requirements. Motion systems generate realistic training conditions for the crews. A high resolution visual system displays the environment during daylight, night and NVIS conditions, paired with various weather effects and animations. The sound system resembles the helicopter sound at high fidelity. All the hardware is brought to life by a state-of-the-art software package. This includes a flight model to reproduce the helicopter’s flight dynamics, worldwide models from atmosphere to terrain and the helicopter functionality.
For mission training, the additional crew member stations are supported by 3D Virtual Reality (VR) goggles which simulate the outside view through the side/rear doors. Crew members can thus perform their tasks e.g. winch operations, external cargo, FLIR operations, etc. The FFS allows the instructor to create more complex compound malfunctions scenarios that closely mirror the progression of realworld emergencies. The visual system, resolution and graphic fidelity give profound visual reference to provide unprecedented immersion. The Instructor Operator Station (IOS) Software consits of a software suite running on a conventional computer. Intuitive structure and touch technology make it easy for the instructor to set up specific scenarios for training. The monitors display the IOS graphical user interface, sections of the cockpit displays, virtual images of the helicopter and the surrounding environment (stealth view) or images from any of the observation cameras (e.g. installed in the cockpit). Cameras can of course be switched off, if desired. The cockpit view allows the instructor to observe the student’s actions.
The Instructor Operator Station (IOS) is located in the aft cabin behind the cockpit and allows observation of the cockpit and the instrument panel. It provides seating for one instructor, one observer and a guest on a jump seat. All seats are equipped with safety harnesses. For training with night vision goggles, the IOS is completely isolated from the cockpit, so that no lights can disturb the NVG operation. The IOS consists of two vertically aligned touch screen monitors with full-HD fresolution.
On top the new REISER simulator will play its real network capability: The two built Level-D simulators of the manufacturer (one in Germany near Cologne and the second in Stavanger) are to be digitally interconnected in a common virtual world. This is made possible by the innovative software architecture that REISER uses in its platforms right from the start.
Based on the Linux open source operating system, the virtual world in which the pilot will later fly his missions are separated from the cockpit instruments with their complicated computing processes. A third computer controls the interaction between the cockpit and the scenery. This has the advantage that in a networked operation only a small amount of data between the simulators must be replaced. Since all software programs are directly linked to the approval, there will be no further updates after certification, unless the simulated type of helicopter evolves naturally.
REISER’s FFS is supplemented with an Avionic Desktop Trainer (ADT), which uses touch screens to replicate the avionics and aircraft systems to assist in learning procedures.
With 61 H135 Helionix® systems currently delivered worldwide, the training needs can be calculated and the result says: The effort is worthwhile.