Thales unveils innovative motion system for Reality H helicopter simulator
At the 2012 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), Thales is unveiling its latest-generation Reality H helicopter simulator equipped with the all-new, all-electric Hexaline high-fidelity, six-axis linear motion system.
Hexaline harnesses the latest technological innovations to bring users major benefits in terms of life cycle cost and usability. Delivering greatly enhanced performance, the new motion system offers a unique level of flexibility for unmatched pilot perception.
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The Reality H simulator was developed in partnership with helicopter operators and is designed to maximize training capacity and availability while ensuring easy set-up, implementation and maintenance.
With multiple reconfiguration possibilities for different helicopter types, the modular Reality H simulator comprises a docking station and a dome-mounted visual system coupled to a six-axis electrically operated motion system. Interchangeable modules representing the cockpit of each simulated helicopter are then slotted into the docking station. The instructor station module provides an optimised forward-facing view of the crew undergoing training. The direct-projection visual system offers a wide 210° x 70° field of view combined with high-resolution geo-specific imagery from the ThalesView image generator.
The instrument panel and flight controls support different helicopter configurations using highly realistic simulated instruments or graphic displays and simulation models derived from real helicopter data.
As well as helicopter flight training and recurrent proficiency training, the simulator will be used for specific missions such as SAR (Search and Rescue), HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) and offshore oil & gas operations.
The Reality H helicopter simulator has achieved dual FTD level 3 and FFS level B certification by the French civil aviation authority (DGAC) in line with the European Air Safety Agency’s CS-FSTD(H) standards.
Source : Thales Group (Paris: HO.PA)