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Air Greenland has acquired a VR training simulator from Loft Dynamics, formerly VRM Switzerland; the first time that VR flight training technology has been available domestically in Greenland.
Air Greenland will operate the Airbus H125 VR training simulator from its headquarters in Nuuk. It allows the operator to enhance flight safety, execute licence and operator proficiency checks, provide special operations practice required for safely navigating the remote area and reduce environmental impacts.
“Loft's simulator will be instrumental in carrying out our 'spring refresher' training, which encompasses operator and licence proficiency checks and enhanced procedure and safety trainings. It gives our crew access to the most comprehensive and realistic training opportunities, from standard operating procedures to emergency situations unique to our surroundings,” says H125 chief flight instructor Marco Peyer. “The device is incredibly cost-effective compared to traditional simulators, and it also helps us to reduce carbon emissions.”
Previously, Air Greenland had to travel some distance to find international training centres equipped with full-flight simulators for its Airbus H155 and H225 helicopter fleet. Thanks to the small footprint of this simulator (one tenth the size of traditional simulators) and more affordable price point (roughly one twentieth the cost of traditional simulators), the safest, most precise flight training technology is more accessible and scalable than ever before.
“The Loft Dynamics VR simulator is a great tool for significantly enhancing the training experience and ensuring optimal flight safety,” says Air Greenland head of training Brian Jørgensen. “It's efficient, economically beneficial, easy to install and does not take up much space.”
The simulator is Loft Dynamics' seventh EASA-authorised VR training device since receiving its FTD Level 3 flight simulation training device (FSTD) qualification in May 2022. The partnership marks a milestone in Loft's mission to make flight training more accessible, even in the most remote places.
“Remote locations, like Nuuk, require reliable systems to operate pilot training devices, so our team built the system from the ground up, allowing us to conduct software maintenance and provide support anywhere in the world from our headquarters in Switzerland. Meanwhile, local crews gain valuable, hands-on access to the onsite simulator without ever leaving the country,” says Loft CEO and founder Fabi Riesen.