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HMotion takes two H145 VR FSTDs from Loft Dynamics
First customer HMotion has acquired a VR simulator that represents the four ton-class twin-engine H145. It will be installed at a new simulator center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
HMotion CEO Steven Igodt with Loft Dynamics founder and CEO Fabi Riesen.
Read this story in our March 2024 printed issue.

HMotion, a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters and ADAC HEMS Academy, is to take delivery of two Airbus H145 VR flight simulation training devices (FSTDs) from Loft Dynamics, which will be installed at a new simulator centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

Loft Dynamics is developing an Airbus H145 VR training device containing a simulator date package to accurately replicate functions and flight behaviour. The VR simulator offers features that allow pilots to perform proficiency checks (LPC and OPC) and to receive training credits for the relevant type rating, including normal flight procedures and emergency situations. Pilots can practise instrument flying and train towards instrument ratings. This revolutionary and compact training solution also allows pilots to practise demanding flight manoeuvres and realistic mission training in a safe environment, benefiting from the profound know-how of ADAC HEMS Academy.

"I am thrilled to announce HMotion's groundbreaking collaboration with Loft Dynamics, a pioneer in compact VR training devices," says CEO Steven Igodt. "As we embark on this journey, Loft Dynamics becomes an integral part of our larger vision to establish a simulator training centre for H135 and H145 helicopters in Oberpfaffenhofen. This marks the beginning of HMotion's ambition to become a trendsetter in the world of flight simulation, setting a new standard for innovation and training in the aviation industry."

HMotion CFO Ulrike Hofmann adds: "This agreement does not only represent the beginning of a long-term partnership between HMotion and Loft Dynamics, it will also significantly contribute to increased flight safety and sustainability within the helicopter training environment."

HMotion and Loft Dynamics have agreed to develop a training concept based on virtual reality technology to train pilots in both single and multi-crew concepts. In the future, a helicopter hoist operation module will enable entire flight crews to realistically practise normal and emergency procedures. The concept helps pilots acquire fundamental skills and develop competencies through challenging scenario-based training sessions. Compared to other technologies, the VR approach with its 3D view and immersive training environment offers unparalleled quality in reproducing the real world. The entire system, including a highly dynamic six-degrees-of-freedom motion platform and a full replica cockpit, makes pilots feel as if they are flying a real helicopter.

"Realistic simulation is a key factor in achieving the required training benefits," says Fabi Riesen, founder and CEO of Loft Dynamics. "I’m pleased that one of the most renowned training academies has selected our cutting-edge technology to provide high-quality crew training, making flight operation even safer."

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