This website uses cookies
More information
Business Air News
Business Air News
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Why visit ACE ’24?

Related background information from the Handbook...
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Request your printed copy

Thales unveils ultra-modern Reality H160 device
The first Reality H simulator from Thales for the H160 is based on Airbus Helicopters flight models and the Helionix avionics suite. The simulator has been installed at the Helisim centre in Marignane, near Marseille.
The H160 Reality H simulator includes an all-electric motion system to reproduce physical sensations realistically and ensure smooth movements.
Read this story in our October 2020 printed issue.

Thales's Reality H flight simulator for the Airbus Helicopters H160 has achieved a key milestone with Level D full flight simulator (FFS) certification by the French civil aviation authority DGAC. Reality H ensures that pilots benefit from high-level training with comprehensive and versatile simulation equipment.

This first Reality H simulator for the H160 is based on Airbus Helicopters flight models and the Helionix avionics suite. It features a host of Thales innovations to make training exercises more immersive and realistic than ever for pilots and instructors. These include an all-electric motion system to reproduce physical sensations realistically and ensure smooth movements, the intuitive Alexia touchscreen interface for instructors, 4K high-definition imagery with a wide field of view to train pilots in an even more realistic environment, high-fidelity simulation models and flight instruments, and the capacity to create a broad range of training scenarios including operational exercises in extreme conditions.

The simulator has been installed at the Helisim centre in Marignane, near Marseille, where pilot training will now begin. Installation has been timed to coincide with the H160's entry into service, with training sessions starting before the first helicopters are delivered to customers.

Airbus's H160 marks a new generation of civil helicopters. Joining the helicopter product range between the H145 and the H175, this innovative medium helicopter is the first of the H generation which implements new methods of design, production and support. The civil variant of the H160 is designed for such diverse roles as offshore transportation, emergency medical services, business aviation and public services.

“Reality H is ideally suited to the type of missions flown by helicopter pilots today and the special skills they need to develop. It offers high levels of performance and unparalleled realism and flexibility,” says Peter Hitchcock, vice president for Thales's training and simulation business. “Our role is to help helicopter operators and pilots prepare for their missions, and with Reality H we're proud to provide our customers with the solution that makes this possible.”

Other News
 
SMFLH orders latest generation helicopters from Airbus
May 22, 2024
UP to 21 H145, H160 and H175 helicopters will be delivered through to 2028 for a variety of operating segments such as EMS, SAR and offshore energy.
GDAT signs heli engine support contracts with Safran
May 13, 2024
These contracts will support the Makila engines powering GDAT's fleet of H225s as well as the Arrano engines powering the H160s that GDAT will operate for GDHF.
Thales completes acquisition of Cobham Aerospace Communications
April 12, 2024
SAF Aerogroup adds VR capability to global air ops
March 11, 2024