Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) has selected VRM Switzerland for a research partnership and has purchased a virtual reality helicopter simulator. At the Centre for Aviation, the team for Flight Mechanics and Flight Control Systems uses the simulator for projects in its fields of interest (flight mechanics and flight control system) as well as in human factor and human‐machine‐interface.
A motion‐based simulator is required because motion feedback to the pilot is fundamental to achieve the required realism in various flight conditions, such as hover operation close to the ground or upset recovery training in general aviation.
Affordable simulation with a small footprint
“Compared to huge, expensive simulators with large dome screens, a virtual reality device enables an affordable simulation with a small footprint,” said Dr Pierluigi Capone, Team Leader of Flight Mechanics and Flight Control Systems at ZHAW. “Virtual reality technology also allows research to be conducted in the fields of human factors and human- machine interfaces.”
The university will use the simulator mainly to simulate helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft that can hover close to the ground. This requires a high‐resolution visual system and a dynamic motion system to provide the pilot with the required visual references and perceptions.