Enhancing training with personalized scenarios is the precise focus of Coptersafety’s custom visuals. The custom visuals present mission-specific training environments for helicopter operators and pilots. In this article, Coptersafety Chief Commercial Officer Jani Kaskinen and Visual Modelling Experts Olli Laine and Markus Vuorinen discuss the topic.
Realistic training conditions are key to aviation and pilot safety and efficiency. However, real-life training simply does not allow to practice certain situations. In contrast, simulator training can develop meaningful expertise under even the worst scenarios and situations.
IN SIMULATOR TRAINING, APPEARANCES MATTER
In simulator training, there are no one-size-fits-all answers. But simulator training that uses custom visuals of real-life locations can take pilots in more realistic conditions. Custom visuals push the helicopter training further by replicating the real-life environments customers want. “Simulator training visuals have taken a huge leap forward. We can now offer training with realistic visuals. This certainly means that a hangar is not just a hangar and the locations of potential flight obstacles in the simulation matter. When these elements resemble reality, training leaves a stronger memory trace and best prepare pilots”, says Chief Commercial Officer Jani Kaskinen, Coptersafety.
CUSTOM VISUALS MEET TRAINING AND CUSTOMER NEEDS
Coptersafety has a broad set of basic visuals from around the world. These can be used as the foundation for custom visuals based on location photos. This makes customization faster and more cost-efficient for customers.
“We understand the customer’s needs for improving their operations with simulator training. This is the basis for planning our training and also for the custom visuals. Hardware has come a long way too, which allow us to create superb detail. If a customer wants an exact replica of a building, we can make that happen, down to the finest details”, explains Visual Modelling Expert Olli Laine.
A customer has three options for visuals. First, we can use generic visual elements to model environments and locations. Second, the customer can provide us with images of the main elements. For example, they can share the image with a smartphone — and we provide instructions for this. Third, a photographer or one of our professionals can visit the location to capture images.
And the speed at which customer changes can be implemented has increased substantially.
“There are still many ways to produce custom visuals, including a lot of legacy systems. This means requested changes to simulation can take many weeks. But we can make changes right away with just a phone call from a customer”, notes Visual Modelling Expert Markus Vuorinen.
VERSATILE CUSTOM VISUALS
Coptersafety has created numerous custom visuals for different environments, including wind turbines, oil rigs, airports, hospitals, and accident scenes. Furthermore, Coptersafety can build realistic situations to prepare the helicopter pilots for the trickiest conditions.
“For example, we created situations in which an ambulance is meeting another ambulance at a specific halfway-point landing area. Pilots can then train to make it to the spot on-time, every time. We also modeled an accident scene realistically to include a car in a ditch with a nearby landing site. Then, we integrated different variables interfering with the mission, such as birds, drones, and other surprise elements, Markus Vuorinen continues. Different weather and seasonal conditions can also be created into customized visuals. “When a customer wants it to snow or rain, they can have them in bucket loads,” Olli Laine laughs.
REALISTIC VISUALS BENEFIT EVEN THE MOST EXPERIENCED PILOTS
Coptersafety’s in-house team can build incredibly realistic visuals to match any customer needs in a simulator — and with increasingly faster delivery times: “We have tailor-made scenarios for customers,” says Kaskinen. “These could be training areas where the customer has specific oil rigs they fly to, ships that they land helicopters on or simply their home bases.”
“We know that our simulator training empowered by custom visuals brings more significance and benefits to helicopter pilot training. 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. “We are really proud of the fantastic feedback we have received from our clients and the growing interest in our simulators. This comes down to offering even more customized courses to our customers who want realistic visuals that bring these environments to life”, concludes Jani Kaskinen.
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