Canada’s new Sea King helicopter deck-landing simulator is a video gamer’s dream. Instead of a conventional cockpit with real switches and gauges, the device features a virtual-reality helmet the pilot wears. The only components that are real are the seat, cyclic and collective and pedals. Everything else, including a 360-degree inside and outside view, is replicated inside the pilot’s helmet in illusory detail.
It’s one of the world’s more exclusive clubs, made up of pilots whose job in the growing world of luxury superyachts is helicopter operations.
No one seems to know exactly how many pilots are actively engaged in this calling, but best estimates put the number at barely 50, based on the fact that no more than 50 superyachts worldwide can support helicopter operations.