Rockwell delivering dome systems to Coptersafety
Rockwell Collins’ helicopter dome-based complete visual systems, which include includes the new WholeEarth synthetic environment, are manufactured at facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Burgess Hill, U.K. (Image: Rockwell Collins)
Rockwell Collins is providing Coptersafety with three Level D helicopter dome-based complete visual systems. Coptersafety was founded four years ago by a helicopter pilot to focus on commercial rotary wing training and safety.
The systems include multiple EP-8100 image generators, 4K resolution, liquid crystal over silicon (LCoS) laser-illuminated projectors, a 240 degree by 80 degree motion-compatible dome display, night vision goggle capability and additional channels for camera systems, vertical reference window, cargo mirrors and an Enhanced Vision System (EVS).
Deliveries are currently underway to Coptersafety’s training facility in Helsinki, Finland, and two of the systems have already been certified by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency.
Rockwell Collins explains this agreement is an example of its ability to transfer technology originally developed for military rotary wing applications into the civil helicopter training environment, where pilots are trained for a range of missions, including Search and Rescue (SAR), Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), operations on static and mobile drilling platforms, firefighting, wind farm servicing and more.
“We know that our simulator training empowered by custom visuals like those we receive from Rockwell Collins brings more significance and benefits to pilot training,” said Ivar Koster, chief flight instructor at Coptersafety. “Some of the most valuable feedback came from a pilot who said that stepping into our simulator was like entering a familiar environment – that he was solely able to focus on flying, training content and learning.”
In addition to the EP-8100s, Coptersafety’s turnkey system also features the WholeEarth synthetic environment, which Rockwell Collins describes as the highest resolution complete Earth database in the industry. It includes new enhanced 3D sea-state modeling.
“Through these innovative 3D features, training anywhere in the world is better facilitated through high levels of fidelity on land and at sea that enhance realism while controlling development costs,” said Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins.
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