Reiser Helicopter Simulator Provides Unique Medical Simulation Training

Imagine being the rescue crew in a turbulent helicopter on a cold, windy and rainy night — the circumstances warrant careful attention save a crucial mistake is made which endangers the lives of patients, bystanders and crew. Healthcare Simulation shouldn’t stop at the ambulance but should rather also include all emergency response vehicles including helicopters. Today we learn more about Reiser’s unique helicopter full flight simulator improves training for situational awareness and obstacle avoidance, enhancing medical crew member medical simulation training by means of mixed reality.

Reiser’s H145 Level D simulator has a full six-degrees-of-freedom electric motion and vibration system. The field of view out-of-window direct projection display measures 240 degrees horizontally by 80 degrees vertically, with the moving imagery being directly projected using two-channel high-definition LED video projectors. With an intuitive on-board instructor operating station (IOS), sophisticated briefing and debriefing stations, which allow creating and pre-programming of training scenarios, a wide rear cabin for fast roll-on/roll-off of cockpit interchanges and mission kits, the new system provides maximum flexibility.

When entering inside the training the dome which houses the the medical helicopter simulator, educators will notice an additional seat placed next to the sliding door segment, a display panel, side grips and a harness bail. This setup is made for training of the medical crew member (MCM) of the HEMS Crew. The MCM must be able to direct the pilot in order to bring the rope down on target.


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Secured with his harness, the MCM opens the sliding door, checks the vicinity of the flying helicopter and carefully watches the rescue procedure – ready to give the pilot correction commands at any time. Reiser solved the challenge of this training requirement by means of augmented reality.

The MCM wears a MetaVision Meta 2 MR goggle which allows him to “see-through” the goggle while communicating with the flight crew and operating his on-board equipment. He is simultaneously presented the virtual out-door scene when looking outside the opened cabin door or the helicopter windows. The MR device enables him to perform all his mission duties from clearing the rear part of the helicopter when landing in confined areas as well as observing any hand signals given by the Rescue Man attached to the rope underneath the helicopter.

Training is enhanced by a night vision mode that simulates the typical enhanced view through a Night Vision Goggle (NVG) and also by a virtual torch to illuminate the landing and accident site.


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The Flight Instructor could e.g. choose the following scenario: A small sports aircraft has crashed at the foot of a mountain. At least one of the passengers survived but needs intensive medical care. The paramedic is already on the ground and the helicopter is prepared for long line rescue.

At this stage of the mission the pilot in front is asked to fly several approaching rounds to the simulated emergency site, giving the physician the feeling of a real mission. Wearing the mixed reality goggles, the doctor finds himself in the middle of the mission, watching the HEMS Crew Member hanging on the other end of the rope, flying over trees and rocks while the helicopter approaches the virtual emergency scene.

Shortly before coming to a hover, the physician starts talking to the pilot via intercom. Since the flight crew personnel is almost blind at this stage of the mission (as far as the action below the heli is concerned), the doctor’s eyes and his judgement are an important tool on board. Counting down the altitude and telling the pilot for more stick input to the left or to the right, the MCM is the one who is responsible for directing the long line. Once the HCM is on the ground and released from the rope, the pilot flies another approach to the scene.

The Medical Crew Member interacts with pilot and co-pilot on a true virtual basis thus providing simulated training that matches reality. Norwegian Competence Centre Helicopter (NCCH) operates Reiser’s unique Airbus H145 Full Flight Simulator in Stavanger/Norway.

More About Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH

Based out of Germany, Reiser Simulation and Training (RST) has a singular mission: to provide the tools and training to enable pilots, medical crews and technicians to strengthen their professionalism and enhance their safety in real world missions. They do that through a combination of highly optimized aviation simulation products and systems, as well as hands on flying and maintenance training for modern rotary and fixed wing aircraft.

Their high tech simulation systems and sophisticated training offerings are designed to replicate real-world scenarios for both military and civil pilots and technicians with unprecedented realism and accuracy, sharpening their skills to manage a range of experiences in the field. Reiser’s strategy is based on deep technical expertise and skills, crafted by years of designing and building advanced simulation components.

The company is built on foundation of passion for flying, and honed over more than 25 years of working closely with leading aircraft suppliers, military and defense organizations and flight service operators.

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Today’s article was guest authored by Andrea Ehrl, Marketing Manager at Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH.

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