▷ European Air Services operates the most advanced mixed reality F-16 simulator

29.11.2021 – 08:25


PRAGUE AND LAS VEGAS, Jan. 28 / PRNewswire /)

VRgineers delivered the groundbreaking mixed reality simulator to European Air Services (EAS), combining the latest version of the F-16 BLOCK 70 physical cockpit and the XTAL headset. European Air Services, one of the leading players in the European pilot training market, acquired the simulator as part of its initiative to keep its Air Force state-of-the-art, operate a multi-role fighter to perform its duties and support NATO membership . As physical pilot training is becoming more and more expensive, this new type of training platform shortens training time and increases efficiency.

VRgineers, Lockheed Martin and VAE Controls have partnered with VRgineers, Lockheed Martin and VAE Controls to develop the next generation of pilot training systems. The key element in this collaboration was the XTAL headset from VRgineers. The flagship product, a virtual and mixed reality headset with the highest fidelity, 8K resolution and the market-leading 180 ° field of view, offers VRgineers a unique advantage for their Synthetic Training Environment (STE) solution. The incomparable image quality and outstanding immersion increase situational awareness and eliminate unwanted distractions. The entire simulator is built on a raised platform that gives a feel for the G-forces and uses Polhemus Viper tracking from a real F-16, creating a realistic and realistic environment.

Lukás Rácz, Head of Flight Simulator Operations at the Slovak Training Academy, commented:

Training in a mixed reality simulator provides a realistic training experience comparable to flying in a real airplane. With an F-16 simulator, tactical operations can be rehearsed for which one cannot prepare in the real world; this is only possible in a simulated environment. The F-16 simulator from EAS VRgineers feels incredibly natural. I was able to operate the cockpit completely manually and train every conceivable scenario. I am sure that these simulators will change the future of pilot training.

In response to this purchase, VRgineers CEO and Founder Marek Polcák commented:

On behalf of VRgineers, we are very proud to have been able to work with European Air Services and Lockheed Martin on the development of a novel F-16 Block 70 mixed reality trainer. This simulator is unique from several points of view. It is the world’s first simulator of its kind that combines a wide field of view with a fully functional cockpit replica with which the pilot can interact. The XTAL headset is the cornerstone of this solution and offers a market leading 180 ° field of view and 8K resolution. This innovative combination ensures a latency-free training and eliminates negative influences on the training.

Jozef Dzurus, CEO of European Air Services, said:

Our company offers aviation training for pilots and maintenance personnel. We are the only civil operator from US. Blackhawk helicopters in Europe. Our fleet consists of 24 helicopters with which we can offer a comprehensive training program. Based on our successful rotorcraft training, we have started to develop advanced training for fixed wing pilots. We decided to work with VRgineers to develop the most modern simulator for the F-16 platform. It is the first simulator in the world to combine a physical cockpit with mixed reality technology. When the simulator was developed, it was planned that this unique technology would be used as part of training programs for F-16 military pilots in European countries.

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