Air Zermatt has selected VRM Switzerland as its supplier for an innovative training solution based on virtual reality (VR) technology. The simulator’s visual system provides 3D vision with unprecedented resolution. “This will allow our discerning pilots to effectively train for difficult scenarios on mountain landing sites, with bright sunshine and under various snow conditions such as white-outs,” says Air Zermatt CEO Gerold Biner.
The simulator can also be used for other scenarios, such as external load training (HESLO), autorotation and vortex recovery, using a validated flight data model.
The small environmental footprint and the cost-effective price were important criteria for Air Zermatt when it selected VRM Switzerland’s simulator. In the long run, it will enable Air Zermatt to conduct more in-house training, allowing it to reduce the travel costs and time involved in traveling to other training centers. All this while doing something good for the environment in Zermatt.
“We have not found anything on the market that comes close to the solution that VRM Switzerland is offering in terms of quality and technology,” says Biner. “And I would like to mention the ultimate key to a successful partnership. We here at Air Zermatt are very passionate about what we do. So it was great to find in VRM Switzerland a team that is equally passionate about what they do: Offering the demanding pilot the best simulator experience.”
Air Zermatt Ltd was founded in 1968 with just a helicopter, a pilot and a mechanic. Today, Air Zermatt employs around 75 people: Pilots, paramedics, transport paramedics, flight assistants, mechanics, mission leaders and administrative staff. Air Zermatt has continually evolved through its more than 50-year history, from the “basic” helicopter, which was used exclusively for rescue operations, to a fleet of ten helicopters. All kinds of transports, tourist flights and rescue operations from the simple to the extreme can be carried out with this fleet. More information at www.air-zermatt.ch
Air Zermatt Ltd
CEO / Pilot
Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year from the VRM-Switzerland team!
We are very happy and grateful that we could present our VR based helicopter flight training solution at this year’s EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium. Great get so much positive feedback from ambitious helicopter pilots!
Our product is now fully industrialised, with all key capabilities developed in-house. The Control Loading System finally achieves the high quality that real helicopter pilots are expecting from a simulator. Thanks to calibrated flight models we can deliver a true flight experience in the virtual world.
«Virtual reality training is quickly becoming a game-changer for helicopter safety as demonstrated by this simulator at the Rotorcraft & VTOL Symposium which helps the helicopter community better understand the exciting possibilities.»
In October 2019, the US Federal Aviation Administration released an update of the Helicopter Flying Handbook. The Vuichard Safety Technique to recover from a vortex ring state is now included in this version. VRM Switzerland’s virtual reality motion simulator allows to practice vortex ring state recovery procedures in different flight situations even close to ground.
The industry-leading realistic flight simulation allows to simulate vortex ring states in different phases of flight. It is possible to train the recovery from such a condition even close to ground. This is important because vortex ring state is one of the causes of fatal accidents. For safety reasons, training of escape procedures in real flight is only feasible high above ground.
Claude Vuichard has tested the vortex ring state simulation on the VRM simulator. He says: “This is the most realistic helicopter simulator ever built”. The simulation is currently available for Robinson R22 and Airbus H125 helicopters.
We congratulate our diploma students on their excellent degrees. Achieving these outstanding results by our young team members fills us with pride. Once again it has become clear how valuable the close cooperation with our innovative and industry-oriented research partner, the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (HSR), is. Through this long-standing and successful collaboration with the Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering|Innovation degree program, our team is continuously growing with highly qualified engineers. We will continue this cooperation in the future when HSR Rapperswil together with NTB Buchs and FHS St.Gallen, the new OST University of Applied Sciences, will continue to pursue it with pleasure and passion.
Wir gratulieren unseren Diplomanden und Diplomandinnen zu den exzellenten Abschlüssen. Das Erreichen dieser hervorragenden Resultate durch unseren jungen Teammitgliedern erfüllt uns mit Stolz. Wieder hat sich gezeigt, wie wertvoll die enge Zusammenarbeit mit unserem innovativen und industrienahen Forschungspartner Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil (HSR) ist. Durch diese langjährige und erfolgreiche Kollaboration mit dem Elektrotechnik- und dem Maschinentechnik|Innovation-Studiengang wächst unser Team kontinuierlich mit bestausgebildeten Ingenieurinnen und Ingenieuren. Diese Zusammenarbeit werden wir auch in der Zukunft, wenn die HSR Rapperswil zusammen mit der NTB Buchs und der FHS St.Gallen, die neue Fachhochschule OST bilden, mit Freude und Leidenschaft weiter betreiben.
VRMotion, a Swiss startup offering a virtual reality (VR) flight simulator, is working with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on new standards for such training devices while the company’s launch customers have begun finding uses for the lower-cost technology.
Four friends without any aviation experience have been exclusively trained on our Virtual Reality Motion Simulator. A certified flight instructor taught them virtually how to take off, hover and land a Robinson R22 helicopter. They all excellently applied what they have learned on the simulator and were able to control the real helicopter within tight tolerances right from the start.
This demonstration clearly shows the impressive potential of the new VRM Flight Training Solution.
A special prize was awarded to Prof. Dr. Guido Schuster from the ICOM Institute for Communication Systems. Together with VRMotion AG from Schaffhausen, the ICOM Institute for Communication Systems has developed the world’s first Virtual Reality (VR) Motion Simulator for aircraft and helicopter training. The combination of mechanical movement, VR glasses and a physical-mathematical inner ear model makes flying a physical experience that even trained pilots can barely distinguish from reality.
Rain or shine, day or night – in the simulator you can fly at any time.
Students are able to train all relevant procedures and manoeuvres on the R22 and H125 Flight Training Solutions without burning a single drop of kerosene.