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Brunner has been awarded a contract to provide its Novasim virtual reality full motion simulator to its next US customer: PJ Helicopters in Red Bluff, California. To increase the efficiency of pilot training while enhancing safety, PJ Helicopters sought a solution at HAI Heli Expo 2020 in Anaheim. Brunner’s NovaSim was the outstanding answer to their needs.
“We are proud to be working with PJ Helicopters, another family-owned enterprise like Brunner, which, like Brunner, has been in business for over fifty years. With such a large U.S. helicopter operator as a new customer we’re very thrilled and honored that we attracted PJ Helicopters’ interest with the NovaSim VR,” Mario Ackermann, sales and marketing manager at Brunner, said.
“As a commercial operator with over 35 pilots and a highly varied, challenging mission mix, and having flown the NovaSim during HAI in 2020, we are looking forward to enhancing our training program with the Novasim,” said Justin Chaffin, vice president and chief pilot. “We view this as a first step in building additional assets into our pilot training program where the ultimate need is pilot proficiency and currency across a spectrum of applications.”
The device will be configured as a Bell 407 helicopter and will be used for training in normal and emergency procedures, as well as external load operations. Efficient individual pilot training as well as systematic aircraft- specific repetitive training of flight procedures can be performed on this very compact, but powerful flight simulator. The result is a highly realistic training environment and flight experience at an affordable price. The Novasim trainer is expected to be in service in the first quarter of 2022.