New virtual reality training system completes LifeFlight’s simulator suite

LightFlight Rescue Press Release | September 8, 2020

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A new virtual reality crew simulator is the latest addition and completes the full suite of simulators at the LifeFlight Training Academy, enhancing the facility as a one stop shop for aeromedical training.

With the trainer in full control of the simulated scenarios, they can introduce challenging elements that could never be implemented in live helicopter training. LifeFlight Photo

The equipment transforms the way aircrew officers train for lifesaving winch missions, by combining high fidelity virtual reality technology and physical elements, built into a replica of a helicopter cabin.

“You wear a harness, you can put your gloves on, you hear everything through a headset as you would for real, the winch cable runs through your fingers, sitting with the winch pendant in your other hand,” said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aircrew officer Greig Allan.

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