For ITEC 2016, Presagis, a leading provider of commercial modeling, simulation, and embedded software, has partnered with D-BOX Technologies Inc. who designs and creates motion effects specifically programmed for each visual content.

Helicopter training simulators are designed to teach pilots specific skills and capabilities. By adding kinesthetic cues to the training process, the trainee receives additional stimuli inputs offering clues on how the aircraft is behaving to complement instruments, visual, and audio cues.

The added element allows pilots to truly understand an aircraft’s behavior. In essence, the pilot is trained to maneuver by recognizing the sensation of acceleration, deceleration, and wide-ranging vibrations, which are felt even before the onboard instruments can indicate their occurrence. This creates a much more realistic and immersive environment, which allows the trainee to learn how to rely on physical sensations during any phase of flight. The skill can then be transferred and used in real-life conditions either in normal, abnormal, or emergency situations.

“Applying more working load and feedback using a training simulator to induce fatigue, stress, and anxiety establishes a similar environment to the one a pilot will experience in real life, especially in abnormal and emergency situations. The additional information the trainee receives through physical sensations will lead to a more efficient training scenario and better training performance.” Stephane Roy, Simulation Product Manager at Presagis

“The resulting motion is perfectly synchronized with the aircraft handling, thus creating an unparalleled realistic immersive experience. The motion system will be integrated with HeliSIM, Presagis’ high-accuracy rotary wing flight simulation solution, which offers superior simulation of blade stall, blade deformation, blade vibration, lead-lag capabilities, just to name a few. This game changing partnership is sure to deliver a realistic experience to trainees and augment training transfer.” Claude Mc Master, President and Chief Executive Officer of D-BOX Technologies Inc.

“The integration of HeliSIM and D-BOX’s motion systems allows training schools the ability to acquire a high performance training simulator at a cost-effective price point. This level of motion and vibration will allow schools to improve their training programs and provide students with an augmented physical experience in addition to the traditional visual cues and displays. The goal is to allow pilots to get a richer experience through better training. As an example, when manipulating RPM Control, the trainee will immediately feel the engine acceleration due to the motion of the seat rather than just seeing the results on their instruments display.” Stephane Roy

The physical sensation capabilities don’t stop there. Knowing that all helicopters do not behave in the same manner, the level of motion and vibration in the seat automatically adapts to match the simulated aircraft model and its characteristics. Beyond that, D-BOX’s motion technology is also capable of reproducing (as kinesthetic cues) the numerous malfunctions or emergency scenarios accessible out-of-the-box in HeliSIM.

“Where we used to be limited to visual cues during an autorotation or tail strike, the motion system now provides added realism by taking advantage of HeliSIM’s high-accuracy simulation and the motion replication of D-BOX’s system to provide the pilot with proper physical feedback.” Stephane Roy

Join us at the Presagis booth D132 at ITEC 2016 and let our experienced professionals demonstrate this state-of-the-art simulation.