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30 September 2016

Australia: New Thales helicopter simulator receives highest-level certification

Thales new AW139 helicopter full flight simulator at Brisbane airport has just received Level D* certification from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) - the first civil helicopter simulator to achieve this recognition in Australia.

The most advanced simulator of its type in the region, the Reality H Full Flight Simulator is located at the Thales LifeFlight Training Centre, which was formally opened earlier this week by the Honourable Yvette D’Ath MP, Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills.

Having achieved this milestone, the simulator can now be used to train pilots on the AW139 platform, which is widely used among a variety of search and rescue and commercial organisations.

Innovative modelling technologies

The simulator features the unique Hexaline all-electric motion system, which provides the most realistic motion cues to trainees while requiring less power, an extended visual field of view, the Image Generation System ThalesView®, Computer Generated Entities for intelligent management of the virtual animations for a completely immersive environment for training in the most challenging conditions. The simulator has also been approved for training with Night Vision Goggles.

With these innovative modelling technologies, Thales Reality H FFS provides a training environment that mimics the real operational conditions to support helicopter operators’ key priorities of safety and mission success. The simulator is already attracting strong interest from AW139 operators both locally and overseas. The full flight simulator forms part of a larger expansion of training facilities in Brisbane, undertaken by Aviation Australia and the Brisbane Airport Corporation.

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Thales Reality H FFS provides a training environment that mimics the real operational conditions to support helicopter operators’ key priorities of safety and mission success.

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*Level D is the highest level available under CASA regulations

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