Virtalis to show latest HCR system at SAR 2011
Helicopter Crew Reality, or HCR, is often described as the blue riband of helicopter crew training environments and is used by both the Defence Helicopter Flying School, 60 Squadron at RAF Shawbury and SARTU (Search and Rescue Training Unit) at RAF Valley. It is that rare beast, a mature Virtual Reality (VR) system, having being developed by Virtalis, in conjunction with the RAF over the last decade.
HCR provides helicopter crew with a VR training environment in which to develop skills in team-wide communication during complex training missions. Virtalis has invested considerable resources over the last year to add even greater realism and functionality to this successful head-mounted display based ActiveSpace system. ActiveSpace is Virtalis’ Head Mounted Display (HMD) interactive 3D visualisation system that gives its users the freedom and flexibility to move around in their virtual environment, totally unencumbered. Many visualisation experts believe that the new generation of wide field of view HMD’s combined with tracking give the greatest sense of immersion available today.
Master Aircrew (MACR) Mark O’Leary, Rearcrew CFS Agent at SARTU, explained: “I would estimate that for the individual modules within our course, which is the longest in the RAF, we have gone from a 20% failure rate to a 5% failure rate since our students began using the Virtalis system. We are working closely with Virtalis to add even greater realism and more function.”