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.
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.