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Ready to train the next generation of pilot with the new H160 simulator

Feb 10. 2016 

Helisim and Thales have been selected by Airbus Helicopters for the H160 Full Flight Simulator deployment to support H160 Entry into Service. OnBoard talked with Vincent Megaides, Strategy director of Thales Training & Simulation activity, to know more about this new contract.

What is the H160 helicopter designed for?

The new generation 5.5 to 6-tonne twin-engine H160 helicopter will be tailored for a wide range of applications, including oil & gas operations, emergency medical services, public service, and private and business aviation.

What are the benefits of the partnership between Helisim and Thales?

Helisim is a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters, Thales and DCI providing high-end simulation services for pilots operating 24/7 with over 135,000 cumulated flight hours since its creation in 2000 and over 3000 pilots trained every year. This partnership between experienced and recognized companies will offer to future H160 operators a complete range of training services based on a level D Full Flight Simulator using the Airbus Helicopters Simulation Package.

Helisim will deliver H160 pilots training services associated to the Reality H FFS within training centres deployed around the world. Training services will need to be configured to support scenario H160 customers are likely to need training on.

This contract represents a further milestone in Thales and Helisim’s successful strategy of becoming a developer of full service training solutions for pilots and operators. We will both secure our joint venture to train the next generation of pilots and extend our footprint to more locations across the world.

The first FFS will be installed at the Helisim simulation centre in Marignane (France) and additional simulators will be deployed worldwide in line with market needs.

Reality H is one more time at the forefront of FFS technology…

Effectively, to accompany the innovative H160 design, the FFS will be based on the Thales Reality H series, the most advanced helicopter training simulator on the market. Reality H is perfectly suited to respond to the training needs of the H160 with its improved operational efficiency. It is supported by a powerful image generation system, ThalesView™ combined with a large field of view visual display, high accuracy all-electric motion system Hexaline™, Thales’s Computer Generated Entities (CGE) for intelligent management of virtual animations and efficient instructor controls. Thanks to the combination of these discriminants Reality H produces the most vivid synthetic environments of any civilian based training scenarios and is fast becoming a mainstay for all type of mission-readiness.

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