PJ Helicopters selects NovaSim VR simulator from Brunner

Brunner Press Release | November 17, 2021

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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.

Novasim VR offers stunning 360 degree full virtual external view, which lets the Pilot immerse completely in the simulated environment. Integrating Varjo’s high performance “human eye resolution” HMD’s with NovaSim’s well-tuned motion algorithms make training sessions on this remarkable Simulator a completely new experience, and a great addition to pilot training.

Brunner has a long-lasting record of experience in the field of virtual and mixed reality ximulators. Permanent innovation and product enhancement at high pace: that is what we strive for at Brunner, to fulfil the high expectations our customers have on our products and services. This cooperation between Brunner and PJ Helicopters is the proof for us, that virtual and mixed reality simulators are the path forward and will lead the whole simulation and training industry into an era with safer, more ecological and more affordable training in the future! Not only for big operators like PJ Helicopters, but as well for smaller flight school operators all around the world.

This press release was prepared and distributed by Brunner Elektronik AG.

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