Mountainflyers first helicopter flight school to offer training on EASA-qualified VR simulator

VRM Switzerland Press Release | May 10, 2022

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Mountainflyers, a helicopter flight school located in Berne, Switzerland, has become the first training organization to operate a VR training device qualified by an aviation authority. Rated pilots and flight students profit from a state-of the-art Robinson R22 simulator developed and built by VRM Switzerland. This enables to execute credited training toward licences and to improve pilot competencies on a safe and affordable base.

Mountainflyers’ Robinson R22 simulator was developed and built by VRM Switzerland. VRM Switzerland Photo

From basic training to demanding scenario-based exercises

Student pilots can practice on the simulator all maneuvers to achieve a private pilot or commercial pilot license. Presently five hours are credited towards the PPL(H) and ten hours towards the CPL(H). The simulator offers a wide range of training options, which can be adapted to the individual needs of the pilot. A major advantage of simulators is the ability to train procedures and situations, which cannot or only limited be trained in the real helicopter. Mountainflyers addresses this topic in the “train untrained emergency situations” module.

VRM Switzerland Photo

“We offer safety courses and tailored programs for student pilots and rated pilots to improve safety even more,” said Christoph Graf, CEO and owner of Mountainflyers.

A milestone in aviation for a future-oriented concept

“With this device students and licensed pilots can learn and practice maneuvers realistically for the first time. It is a milestone in aviation having qualified a VR training device for a customer. Besides developing and building simulators, VRM Switzerland is a qualified Flight Simulator Training Organisation to support our customers to operate their VR simulators,” said Fabi Riesen, CEO of VRM Switzerland.

“We appreciate the service of VRM Switzerland to take over all the operational requirement to operate our simulator. This enables us to focus on our core competencies to train pilots and to operate helicopters in different fields of operation,” Graf said.

Cutting-edge technology to improve flight safety

The sophisticated overall system creates a full‐body immersion. This gives the pilot the feeling of being in a real helicopter. A unique feature is the highly dynamic motion platform, developed and built in‐house. It allows the pilot to precisely feel the finest changes in attitude and touchdown on the ground. The numerical simulation enables the realistic representation of the flight behaviour. A pose‐tracking system maps the pilot’s movements in the virtual environment, enabling operation of the exactly modelled cockpit, including haptic perception, as in the real helicopter.

This press release was prepared and distributed by VRM Switzerland.

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