June 07, 2012 – Arlington, USA (Techreleased) -Thales announces that its Reality H helicopter simulator at Eurocopter’s training centre in South-East Asia has obtained FTD level 3 and FFS level B certification from the French civil aviation authority DGAC. Based in Singapore, this simulator serves the training needs of Eurocopter’s civil and military customers in the region.
This certification to European JAR/EASA standards makes the new-generation system suitable for type-rating training on the Dauphin N3 helicopter and proficiency training for yearly revalidation of pilot’s licences. The simulator can be used in place of a real helicopter for annual operator proficiency checks. It can also be incorporated into ab-initio training for a commercial helicopter pilot’s licence (CPL H) or air transport pilot’s licence (ATPL H), including instrument rating (IR) and associated proficiency checks. Given its ability to realistically replicate flight conditions, the simulator can also be used to conduct line checks and allows pilots to train to fly with night-vision goggles.
Built under a cooperation agreement signed with Eurocopter in 2009, the Dauphin N3/N3+ simulator incorporates the latest technological advances of Thales’s new Reality H product, which was specifically designed to meet the needs of helicopter operators, maximising training capacity and availability while offering greater ease of installation, operation and maintenance.
Thales has delivered more than 110 helicopter simulators to customers in 25 countries around the world.
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The new simulator will be used to provide training for specific assignments such as SAR (search and rescue), EMS (emergency medical services) and offshore operations, and offers numerous reconfiguration possibilities. The cockpit can be replaced by that of another helicopter type, such as the EC135, while the instrument panel can be reconfigured for analogue or digital instruments, equipment options and more.
The modular Reality H simulator comprises a docking station and a dome-mounted visual system mounted on 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 view of the crew undergoing training. The direct-projection visual system offers a wide field of view (210° x 70°) combined with high-resolution geo-specific imagery from the ThalesView NG™ image generator.