Creating a comprehensive training solution for hoist operators and crews has been the requirement. The main components of the HoistAR® simulator are the replica of the helicopter section, with a skid and door area, and the winch operator’s workplace. A real rope moving through his hand is controlled by the winch controller in his other hand. The rope is guided by its own X-Z portal, and its forces on the rope affect the swaying behavior of the load—just like in real life. Augmented reality goggles enhance the training experience, immersing operators in lifelike scenarios. The real rope seamlessly transitions into a virtual counterpart at the load’s end. This entire setup operates on a motion system replicating feedback from the helicopter’s movements, ensuring an authentic training experience.

While mastering hand movements is crucial for hoist operators, fostering collaborative teamwork among the entire crew is equally vital. Our development includes a networked solution enabling crews to train across different devices and locations within the same virtual scenario. These scenarios are based on real-life missions developed in collaboration with leading air rescue organizations in Germany. With the capability to connect hoistAR® to an H145 Full-Flight Simulator (FFS), our training solution offers an even more comprehensive and immersive experience, preparing operators and crews for the most demanding rescue missions.

Moreover, instructors can monitor training quality and mission success in real time. They can intervene, provide feedback, and correct mistakes using permanent recordings of the sessions. This integrated approach ensures that training is not just individual skill mastery but also collective crew effectiveness, preparing teams for the challenges they’ll face in the field.

HoistAR® is also of great value for firefighting crews, offering a range of specialized features tailored to their needs. With capabilities such as Wildfire Simulation, flight model and fire behavior influenced by wind speeds and directions, real-time smoke calculations, and training modules focusing on decision-making and multi-crew coordination, it provides firefighters with essential skills to tackle complex wildland fire scenarios. Crews can practice approaching a fire, determining landing spots, assessing tree characteristics including type, density, age, length, diameter, vertex, and understanding inflammable matter such as type, distribution, amount, density, humidity, litter cover, wind conditions, air temperature, rainfall, gale force, moisture levels, terrain, and topography. These specifications ensure that firefighting teams are well-prepared to handle the challenges of wildfire suppression effectively.

Contact REISER at HAI HELI-EXPO 2024 Booth #6728 and elevate your training sessions to new heights!

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