LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (March 3, 2011) – FlightSafety International is demonstrating an enhanced version of its VITAL X Visual System designed specifically for use in helicopter training programs and simulators at Heli-Expo. It was designed based on extensive consultation with helicopter operators from various industry segments and the company’s vast experience in civil and military simulation equipment.
“Visitors to FlightSafety’s exhibit at Heli-Expo will be able to view newly created high resolution scenes developed specifically for Emergency Medical Services and Off Shore operators,” said George Ferito, Director, Rotorcraft Business Development. “We have also developed visual scenes for news gathering, law enforcement and other mission specific training that will be available on simulators at our Learning Centers.”
VITAL X features continuous global satellite high-resolution imagery achieving exceptional realism with tens of thousands of processed elements and millions of features integrated into animated scenes of the real world. The system supports hundreds of six Degree of Freedom fully articulated moving models and 3-D sea states and is capable of presenting environmental conditions experienced during all phases of flight including physics-based atmospheric and weather effects and continuous time-of-day operation.
The new highly detailed low altitude visuals include mountainous terrain, accident scenes, pinnacle landings, airports, hospital helipads, obstacles such as power lines, trees, and bridges and an oil rig complete with lighting, and articulation of the model and sea state animations designed to enhance training realism.
FlightSafety combines the VITAL X PC-IG with its unique cross-cockpit Crewview displays for side-by-side aircraft simulators while incorporating the company’s WASP (Wide Angle Single Pilot) display for fighter jet applications. The Rigid Mirror Crewview provides the largest cross-cockpit-view technology available. It enhances visual clarity and brightness while eliminating image degradation and edge band distortion found in many traditional displays. VITAL X has been certified for training by aviation authorities worldwide including the FAA, CAA, JAA, EASA, JCAB, DGAC, ECAA, CTA, TCCA as well as U.S. military SimCert.
FlightSafety has delivered over 700 visual systems and close to 800 simulators and other advanced training devices since 1978. This includes the development of simulators for approximately 60 different aircraft types in the past five years alone. The simulators and visual systems are part of an integrated training system used throughout the company’s network of Learning Centers and by many other leading commercial, government and military organizations worldwide.
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 154 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in Asia, Europe, North and South America, the Pacific Rim and South Africa.