Entrol enter Turkmenistan market

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Entrol is expanding its presence in Asia, the company is manufacturing a AW139 based FNPT II simulator with Ussat Inzhener a Turkmenistani engineering company. The simulator will be installed at  Turkmenistan Airlines’ premises in Ashgabat by the summer 2023. The simulator will be equipped with the latest technology Entrol has to offer, including their six channel 200ºx70º FOV projections system, High Realism Vibration system and debriefing station to review  training after each session.

Commenting on the announcement Juanjo Lechosa, Business Manager of Entrol said: We are glad to include Turkmenistan to the list of countries with an Entrol device. It shows how the company has been improving and increasing worldwide presence the last years. Turkmenistan Airlines have purchased a great training tool, which I am certain will improve the quality of their training. We are proud of this project”



CHC to roll out VR-based winch training

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CHC has revealed that following a successful test programme using the Priority 1 Air Rescue virtual reality (VR) training system for winch operators, it will roll out the technology across its operations.

The trial programme, which concluded recently, was carried out by the team members from its Irish operation. According to CHC, the motivation for the trial was so that its crews could “prepare and practice emergency procedures for a variety of challenging SAR events in a safe, controlled and realistic environment, including procedures that couldn’t be practised in a live aircraft”. The VR system, which has garnered approvals from both EASA and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), allows crews to complete SAR-based training scenarios and those representative of the emerging offshore wind support market.

Commenting on the announcement, Dennis Groeneveld, Director Flight Standards, CHC, said: “Safety is at the heart of CHC’s global operations. Our mission is to keep our people and passengers safe as we travel to remote and challenging destinations. We are delighted with how the trial performed and are excited to roll the programme out more widely… This ground-breaking partnership with Priority 1 allows our crew members to repeatedly practice managing complex situations in a realistic but safe environment, ensuring they are fully equipped to act quickly and effectively in real-world SAR events.”


Entrol places AS350 FTD with Japan’s Alpha Aviation

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For the last 11 years Alpha Aviation has proudly held the title of Japan’s number one flight training academy.

In seeking to maintain that enviable position, the company has looked to its simulation capability, as the company’s Vice President, Kenji Saito, explains.

He said: “We were looking for a sophisticated FTD to facilitate the evolution of flight training. At first, I tried to find one made in the USA. I was impressed with the professional explanation and knowledge of Entrol staff and decided to introduce it.”

The simulator will be equipped with the latest Entrol technology, including a cylindrical visual system, an enclosed IOS and a debriefing station so that the instructors can record the activities in the simulator and analyse them later. 

The simulator will be installed at Alpha’s base in Tokyo in the upcoming months.

ART to use Brunner Novasim VR Full Motion Simulator

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Advanced Rotorcraft Technology (ART) have revealed that they will be using Brunner’s Novasim Virtual Reality (VR)/full motion simulator to demonstrate high definition flight dynamics models based on their FlightLab software. ART customers and future clients will now have the opportunity to test and fly various flight models at different model fidelities. Brunner’sNovaSim fulfills a long awaited need for ART and its demanding customers in the Defense, Academia, and the Civil markets. “With the NovaSim VR we at Advanced Rotorcraft Technology are able to demonstrate to our current and future customers our very accurate flight models in a totally immersive experience, for both training and engineering development. Now they have the ability to feel the difference of the flight model in use. The very smooth behavior of the Motion Platform adds important cueing to the Pilot and effectively augments the MR/VR visual display” said Ronald Du Val, President of ART.

The device is presently configured as a Bell 407 Helicopter and will feature first ART’s B407 physics-based model. Other physics-based models, including  Airbus H125, UH-60 Blackhawk, customer flight models, and eVTOL models are also planned to be implemented and demonstrated.

Entrol delivers S-64 simulator to Heli Protection

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Entrol have delivered the first of it’s H64 Level 2 FTDs to Italy’s Heli Protection. The H64 is based on the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane. Developed originally to fulfil a  US Army heavy lift requirement, S-64s are today deployed worldwide for aerial work and logging missions but above all as one of the world’s leading firefighting platforms where the type’s capacity and rapid refill capability has made it much in demand.

Entrol’s FTD is the first in the world to emulate the S-64 and features the company’s latest technology “We are proud to have certified the first FTD Level 2 based on the Sikorsky S-64 in the world. We believe that this simulator will increase safety in firefighting operations, as well as help reduce the carbon footprint of the training. The team of engineers behind this project has done a remarkable job; I am grateful for having such a strong team in Entrol”, says Luis Olarte, CEO and Co-Founder of Entrol.






VRM delivers first H125 Level 3 VR simulator to Germany

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VRM Switzerland had delivered an Airbus H125 Level 3 FTD to Germany’s Meravo Helicopters. Making Germany the third country after Switzerland and Norway to receive one of the H125 based virtual reality (VR) simulators. The simulator has been installed in purpose configured room at Meravo’s home base. The Training Device enables H125 pilots to receive credits towards a CPL, type ratings, as well as licence and operator proficiency checks.  The simulator’s qualification process was handled by the FSTDO team which means that the customer foes not have acquire the in depth know how to operate the simulator under EASA regulation.


Entrol enters Mexican market with H145 FTD

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Transportes Aéreos Pegaso, which operates a rotary fleet that includes Airbus H175, EC155, H145, EC 135 and EC 130 and Leonardo AW 139, has added an Entrol Level 7 FTD to their fleet.

The simulator is based on the Airbus H145D3 and benefits from Entrol’s top technology package, including the spherical 200ºx70º visual system, a debriefing station to review past exercises and an entrol vibration system. Additionally, the FTD features a replica of the Helionix© integrated avionics. It perfectly simulates the experience of flying in an H145, including the four-axis automatic pilot system.

“Since the day this company was founded, we have been committed to offering excellency in our services to all of our customers. We also have a commit to always delivering the best possible training to our staff. This synthetic simulator project for the continuous training of our pilots is another investment in our continuous improvement process.” States Ricardo Zepeda, Project Manager, Transportes Aéreos Pegaso.

The FTD, which will be installed  in the coming months, will allow the company to bring all their pilot training in house and will be the first Entrol device installed in Mexico. 

Aero Ashai installs H145 Level 5 FTD from Entrol

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Entrol has installed a H145/BK-117 D3 Flight Training Device (FTD) Level 5 simulator for Aero Asahi, one of the biggest helicopter operators in Japan. The simulator features a replica of the Helionix© integrated avionics, a spherical visual system with six projectors, a vibration system, forward looking camera based on FLIR©, mission scenarios, and a high-resolution database of Japan with satellite imagery.

Aero-Asahi will use the simulator for conversion and recurrent training as well as specific HEMS and SAR operations. “We believe that training as if it is an actual flight operation and flying as if it is a training session is an important factor for safety. We have installed the H145/BK117 D-3 simulator, which reproduces the actual aircraft with ENTROL’s technology. This will provide customers with a higher level of safety operation through not only type transition training but also mission training and various scenarios.” States Ichiro Tashiro, Executive Officer at Flight Operations Headquarters in Aero Asahi.



Reiser and DRF Luftrettung creating ‘world’s most advanced rescue hoist training device’

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The partnership between Reiser Simulation and Training and DRF Luftrettung is working hard to create the what it calls ‘the world’s most modern training device for rescue hoist training . Drawing on Reiser’s expertise in developing complex and realistic simulation equipment and adding to the mix, DRF Luftrettung’s years of experience in air and hoist rescue operations to create the new device. “The real world and the virtual world are merging,” Martin Keil, Technical Director at Reiser, explains. “This provides us with the highest level of realistic training, because hand movements and operational procedures can be trained as they have to be mastered on the real helicopter.”

By means of augmented reality, the hoist operator is not only able to see the helicopter fuselage but also the outside view through the visual system. In combination with a movement system and the physical and thus tangible winch cable, the training situations are perceived as entirely authentic.

An exciting element of the new system will be the ability to pair the winch simulation with a cockpit simulator for ‘whole crew training’ even more impressive will be the ability to link a number of simulators to together “We will be able to map Multi-Ship missions. Connecting a Full Flight Simulator with an HHO simulator will not be the only option. In the future, it will also be possible to practise large-scale emergencies with several helicopters, including winch operations – i.e. also on a cross-organisational basis. The experience with disasters in recent years shows that there is a particular need for training here.” explains Keil.

The two partners are now looking forward to the upcoming second HHO Symposium (Helicopter Hoist Symposium) of the DRF Luftrettung on 7th and 8th September at the Operation Centre (OPC) at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport. Here, results of the joint development will be presented for the first time. More information on the symposium is available at: www.drf-luftrettung.de/HHO-Symposium-2022.

Airbus Helicopters and VRM Switzerland working on first H145 VR simulator

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Airbus Helicopters and VRM Switzerland are co-developing a Virtual Reality (VR) training device for the H145 helicopter. The companies say that this training option will offer H145 operators n compact and affordable training solution will realistic flight modelling as well as 3D vision and high resolution scenery. The programme follows on from the two companies successful 2021 collaboration which led to EASA certification of an H125 training device. “As we did with the H125 VR simulator, our Airbus pilots and experts will work hand in hand with VRM’s team, bringing our OEM experience to this affordable, flexible training solution that will surely answer our customer’s requirements while also adhering to our high standards for operational safety. With this type of simulator, the pilot can enter operational scenarios that would be very risky to attempt in actual flight but which bring significant added value totraining,” says Christoph Zammert, Executive Vice President of Customer Support & Services at Airbus Helicopters. VRM CEO Fabi Riesen added  “Having already successfully logged thousands of training hours with our simulators, we want to make this technology available to H145 operators by developing a VR flight training device for the five-bladed H145.This will allow H145 crews to prepare for their demanding missions with scenario-based training performed in a safe and realistic environment.