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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 8:51 pm    Post subject: Did you ever fly a helicoptersimulator? Reply with quote

Hey guy's,

Maybe it is time for a new topic. Did you ever fly in a simulator ?

I've flown in one, and I have to say it is very usefull for new students to learn how the helicopter moves and what the reaction is. They don't need to be afraid that something is going to happen. Mistakes can be made and there is no fear of doing something wrong.

What happened to me was that the pilot could stop the program to say what I've done wrong and could correct me directly. This is something what you can't do in a real heli.

Usefull thing, isn't it?

When you've got the time and opportunity... Try it!

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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HeliDream,

What type of sim have you flown. Was it used as part of a training course?

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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey DBChopper,

My boyfriend is a flight instructor so I've flown with him quite often in helicopters but also in the simulator. It wasn't used for me as a training course.

The company where he works is the Europeon distributor for the FLY IT! sim. They have FNPT1 approval in Finland and Germany but they have just build there own first sim and plan on having FNPT2 approval very soon.

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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds interesting! Where country are you based in??

What type of helicopter is the sim based on?

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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi HeliDream,

We have a simulator at home. It's modelled on a Jetranger, and we use it with X-Plane on a mac. It has everything but the movement effect, but is very true to life.



We bought it from RC simulations in Bristol. Must try and use it more often - I have been far too busy lately doing "real" flying, but it came in very hand before when I couldn't afford to have frequent lessons.

We also purchased the photographic UK scenery, but this is a bit power-hungry and we need to install it on a hard drive with a bit more space for it to work smoothly.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi DBChopper,

We are based in Belgium

The sim is based on the Bell206. But you can also configure the simulator to the R22, R44 and Schweitzer but with the performance of the Bell206.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey WhirlyGirl,

It is nice to have on at home isn't it?

Unfortunately we haven't got the space because the sim is build in a trailer. So I don't think that will fit in our living room Very Happy . But a pc moddel...

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think we'd have room to build a real one with an airframe! It's actually in our recording studio, and the most frequently asked question I get from people recording is "what's that for?" thinking it's something to do with the recording equipment. They are rather surprised when I explain that it's a helicopter simulator!

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WhirlyGirl,

Can imagine that people think that. It is not something what they see every time in a recording studio.

The first time I saw the simulator, I was rather surprised that they could do it like that. You've got a lot of equipment in the trailer and everyting is so real...
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Simulator training is excellent, sadly i have not done any but I would love to do some, just to see what our survivalchances are when we loose an engine over the deck edge.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evening Flyer, and everyone else also

That is one compliment that Whirlygirl would definitely appreciate!! Wink She is a 'very, very' serious hardcore Helicopter Junkie!! Rolling Eyes

I have been on their heli sim - you can also fly 'planks' on the programme!!! Shocked Good fun to try and land a plank on a North Sea oil rig Cool

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PS I have also flown as First Officer on a 737 sim, with BLME as Captain. What can I say about a 737 sim - BRILLIANT!! Very realistic - maybe too realistic. At the end of our 2 1/2 hour session, I was expecting the plane to taxi back to the terminal Confused
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flyer wrote:
Whirly, you are a serious hardcore Helicopter Junkie. Razz


You can say that again - it's a hard habit to break! Wink
Not that I want to.

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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be doing some time in the fly it simulator...

I think about 7 hrs of my PPL(H) and about 30 hours of my IFR time...

I'm not too sure there is much of anything else on the market for helios which can be used for hours towards ratings.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey RTRNV,

To be honest, I don't think there is anything else on the market which can be used towards your rating.

Can someone confirm this?
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FlightSafety Simulation Systems Division and CAE have some machines for military training..

http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050522-014957-8718r.htm

The fly-it is the only FAA approved on that is affordable...

It's so much cheaper to log what hours you can in it than in the air.. Especially with fuel costs.
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