CSTS Dinamika has successfully completed state testing of a motion-base Mi-8AMTSh Full Mission Simulator (FMS) designed to train the helicopter's flight crews in their main tasks related to piloting, navigation and combat employment.
The Mi-8AMTSh FMS, our first motion-base device for this helicopter type, was built for a large-scale R&D project undertaken to develop and implement advanced flight simulation and training technologies.
As the most complex flight training devices, motion-base simulators replicate flight to the maximum degree of realism, not only delivering real-life motion effects, but also enabling a number of specific training tasks, which can be practiced in a high-fidelity environment unattainable in fixed-base devices. Among others, such tasks include:
around-the-clock taxiing, take-off and landing, under normal visibility of the taxiway, runway, helipad and landmarks (markings) and with the use of available night start aids;
manual and automatic flight, including VFR, IFR and NVG operations;
basic helicopter aerobatics;
combat employment of the helicopter weapons suite in accordance with helicopter role.
In addition, motion-base simulators provide a more realistic representation of the aircraft's behavior in various critical situations caused by technical failures or air turbulence. Due to its unique training capabilities, which cover all-weather around-the-clock flying and emergency procedures, the FMS offers a new level of training quality, making it possible to train flight crews in a whole range of tasks required according to the Mi-8AMTSh helicopter role.
Based on a full-dome multi-channel projection complex, the FMS visual system covers a FOV from -50° to +30° vertically and ±95° horizontally, generating visuals for an area of at least 250 km × 250 km. The system provides photorealistic rendering of the out-the-window environment, including visible terrain, moving and stationary objects in the air and on the ground, under various weather conditions, day and night, various type of clouds, etc.
The FMS instructor operator station (IOS) is a standardized structural module that provides organization, management and monitoring of the learning process. In particular, the IOS allows the instructor to set the training scenario, carry out continuous video monitoring of the trainees' actions, update current exercise parameters in-session, perform debriefing and document training results.
The simulator can function as part of an Integrated Training Complex (ITC) or autonomously, as an independent training device.
State testing of the Mi-8AMTSh to confirm the prototype's compliance with its technical and performance specifications was conducted by experts from the Chkalov State Testing Center. The state testing resulted in an approval of the FMS with a recommendation for serial manufacturing.