The H145 simulator at the Airbus Helicopters
Training Academy in Germany has been awarded level D status by the
German Federal Aviation Office, the highest possible certification
for a full flight simulator.
Not only is it the world’s first certified
full flight simulator for the H145, but it is also the first
helicopter simulator in Germany to receive EASA level D
Level D helicopter simulators must meet a
number of criteria, including the ability to move in six
directions, to provide a field of view of at least 180°, to work
with realistic acoustic and visual simulations, and to perform
several special motion effects.
The new simulator in Donauwörth fulfils
and partially exceeds the requirements.
An additional important feature of the new
simulator is that it can accommodate developments that are still
on the horizon: the simulator cockpit developed and constructed
in-house by Airbus Helicopters can be easily rolled on and off the
simulator, allowing it to be replaced with other configurations.
This guarantees maximum flexibility with regards to future
helicopter variants or configurations.
The H145 simulator is suitable for pilots’
initial training and refresher courses, for specific instruction
on emergency procedures, for flights according to Instrument
Flight Rules (IFR), in offshore conditions and at night (with
night vision goggles), as well as for Cat. A operations.
Each year, more than 400 pilots pass
through the Training Academy in Donauwörth, completing over 1,500
flight hours in the process.
“Thanks to the world’s first H145 simulator, we
can provide our customers with an excellent training environment,”
said Charles Hebeka, Head of Airbus Helicopters Training Centres
in Germany. “This is a further step we are taking together with
our customers towards guaranteeing maximum flight safety when
operating our helicopters.”
In order to make the H145 flight simulation as
realistic as possible, the simulator is provided with an extensive
H145 OEM level D data package from Airbus Helicopters and its
suppliers. This includes H145 software, an original cockpit and
further H145 parts, all of which guarantee the fully simulated and
realistic functionality of the helicopter, its engines and the
Helionix avionics suite.
Furthermore, the simulator has been tested and
validated by the design experts, flight test engineers and test
pilots who were involved in the development of the H145. It has
been built in cooperation with Indra Systemas, a Spanish flight