Air­bus H145 Level D sim­u­la­tor ap­proved

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The H145 full-flight sim­u­la­tor at the Air­bus He­li­copters Train­ing Academy at Donauwörth, Ger­many, has been awarded Level D sta­tus by the Ger­man Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Of­fice – the first such to be ap­proved by the au­thor­ity. To make H145 flight sim­u­la­tion as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble, the sim­u­la­tor, built by Air­bus He­li­copters in co­op­er­a­tion with In­dra Sys­temas of Spain, is pro­vided with an ex­ten­sive H145 Level D pack­age that in­cludes soft­ware and an orig­i­nal H145 cock­pit.

A sig­nif­i­cant fea­ture is that it can ac­com­mo­date fu­ture de­vel­op­ments: the sim­u­la­tor’s cock­pit can be eas­ily rolled on and off, so that it can be re­placed with other con­fig­u­ra­tions, en­sur­ing max­i­mum flex­i­bil­ity to ac­com­mo­date fu­ture he­li­copter vari­ants or con­fig­u­ra­tions. The H145 sim­u­la­tor is suit­able for ini­tial train­ing and re­fresher cour­ses, for spe­cific in­struc­tion on emer­gency pro­ce­dures, for IFR flight, off­shore and night mis­sion (with night vi­sion gog­gles), and Cat A op­er­a­tions.

‘The sim­u­la­tor pro­vides na­tional and in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers with a wide range of train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, in par­tic­u­lar for mis­sions un­der ex­treme flight con­di­tions and for prac­tis­ing var­i­ous emer­gency pro­ce­dures,’ says Air­bus. ‘Level D he­li­copter sim­u­la­tors must meet a num­ber of cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to move in six di­rec­tions, to pro­vide a field of view of at least 180°, to work with re­al­is­tic acous­tic and vis­ual sim­u­la­tions, and to per­form sev­eral spe­cial mo­tion ef­fects. Our new sim­u­la­tor ful­fils and par­tially ex­ceeds the re­quire­ments.’

The sim­u­la­tor uses an ac­tual H145 he­li­copter cock­pit

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