FlightSafety International (Booth No. 5902) is upgrading its helicopter simulator graphics with its new Vital 1100 visual system and already has qualified it in several level-D units and for use in other advanced training devices. FlightSafety says the new system has five times the computing power of its Vital X predecessor and significantly enhances training by providing realistic mission-specific imagery with improved scene content and greater levels of detail. Vital 1100 can process hundreds of millions of scene elements per second and simultaneously present them with environmental effects, such as physics-based weather models of rain, snow and hail that develop and react as they do in the real world. The system also includes dynamic shadowing and enhanced shading effects.
Vital 1100’s increased resolution uses 20 million pixels to create a horizontal 200-degree field of view, improving target recognition and identification and scene resolution with high-definition microtexture and improving resolution at virtually any position or altitude, including hover/landing maneuvering.
The first Vital 1100-equipped simulator to receive level-D qualification from EASA was FlightSafety’s Sikorsky S-92, located in Stavanger, Norway. The first simulators that feature the Vital 1100 to be qualified to level-D and approved by the FAA include FlightSafety’s AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky S-92 simulators in Lafayette, La., and a night-vision-goggle-qualified Airbus Helicopters EC135 simulator in Dallas, Texas. –M.H.