Flight training simulator manufacturer Vrgineers and technology company DigiFlight are collaborating to produce a modern and comprehensive training solution for the Apache multi-role attack helicopter.
The companies believe the Advanced Mixed Reality Apache Trainer (AMRAT) will accelerate pilot training with high fidelity MR solutions and will therefore reduce the number of aircraft hours normally required to support training individual and crew tasks.
The AMRAT is built on a proprietary portable platform designed by Vrgineers, which was originally created for the USAF. It provides an affordable, immersive, and realistic experience without expensive visual display systems, complicated support systems, or unique facility design requirements.
The trainer includes two separate but interconnected crew stations (the pilot and co-pilot gunner station), with replicated switches, panels, flight instruments, and displays connected to a computer and integrated virtual reality image generator. Currently, it is supported by ED Mission Systems, a vendor of immersive, flight simulator software.
“We strongly feel that by combining our skills, we are able to deliver a training device capable of supporting Apache training tasks including individual and crew skills, preparing them to operate in any environment, fulfilling critical mission requirements,” said Marek Polcak, CEO of Vrgineers.
“The possibility to conduct a seamless mixed reality environment with a portable haptic flight seat run by a true-to-life simulation engine ensures the pilot’s proficiency, but most importantly delivers the sensation of a unique and genuine experience encompassing complex operational scenarios,” said Matthias Techmanski, ED Mission Systems Director. “This enables our users to save time and effort along with minimizing the cost of training infrastructure and related running hours.”
Polcak added: “Similar types of modern trainer are expected to play a crucial role of pilot training in the future. Not only for Apache, but for Defiant (LMCO & Boeing) and Valor (Bell) which are currently being developed and competing in future vertical lift program in the US.”