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Homegrown Helicopter Simulators for Australian Navy

Ryan Aerospace Scores … Again

Ryan Aerospace, an entrepreneurial Australian training developer that rarely fails to impress with its innovative, cost-effective training devices, has scored again, this time in delivering three virtual reality (VR) helicopter simulators to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Fleet Air Arm at HMS Albatross in Nowra, NSW.

Rather than being used for training, the three devices are destined to go on the road with the Naval Aviation Prospects Scheme to attract the interest of aspiring aircrew to join the RAN. Fleet Air Arm Deputy Commander, Capt Grant O’Loughlan, accepting the devices earlier this week, stated how impressed he was with the simulators, adding that he was pleasantly surprised ay how realistic they are. He also made it clear that it was important for the Australian Defence Force to support local entrepreneurial businesses such as Ryan Aerospace. He said these simulator units will be a valuable asset for Navy in supporting Defence Force recruiting.

Managing Director of Ryan Aerospace, Chris Ryan said he was “delighted to partner with the Navy to develop a bespoke system in conjunction with the highly popular HELIMOD Mark III product launched earlier this year”. The units take advantage of improved capability of VR technology.

In addition to the HELIMOD Mark III helicopter simulator units, Ryan Aerospace developed a unique accompanying unit, comprising a PC and monitor with integrated cabling and head-tracking sensors. This allows spectators to see on a display screen what the pilot is seeing in the VR goggles. The display unit has wheels attached and doubles as a shipping crate by being laid down flat, with the HELIMOD device sitting right on top.

The simulators have motion actuators attached to the base and link with the simulation software to provide an even more realistic experience.

It is expected that the simulators will be getting constant use as they travel around the country to various events including the International Air Show at Avalon in February.

Ryan Aerospace is a regular exhibitor at I/ITSEC and will again be in Orlando at the end of November, where MTSC is keen to interview him and his colleagues to determine just what makes this intriguing company tick.

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10/31/2018

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