HCR Gunnery to be launched at ITEC
BOOTH E131 at ITEC 2012 will be the first opportunity to try out the Virtalis Helicopter Crew Reality (HCR) Gunnery module – an integrated, virtual, part-task gunnery trainer for the fundamentals of ballistics.
ITEC 2012 will run from 22nd-24th May at the ExCel, London. Virtalis will also be showing the latest version of HCR, which takes advantage of advances in computer graphics cards, tracking technologies and Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) to deliver greatly improved functionality.
Conceived as a VR training environment for helicopter rear crew, HCR now provides a realistic, virtual environment which fosters the skills of Crew Resource Management (CRM), so the whole crew can develop skills in team-wide communication during complex training missions. HCR is built around a Virtalis ActiveSpace immersive display system.
Group Captain Jock Brown, ex-Commandant of The Defence Helicopter Flying School, commented: “Time spent on HCR has proved to be very valuable to our students because they are able to operate in a virtual environment just the way they would in a real helicopter”.
The latest version of HCR is able to draw on GIS data to recreate a detailed, 3D specific geographical terrain. Virtalis will also be showing its GeoVisionary software – a system capable of rendering full resolution, stereoscopic 3D data sets for large regions, while simultaneously allowing real-time interaction with the data. Already proven in many geoscientific and GIS markets, for the first time ever, Virtalis will be showing GeoVisionary with military data. The Virtalis team will be demonstrating the power of the system on a surveyed landscape, showing how data layers can be overlaid onto the 3D scene to analyse slopes, areas suitable for trench digging and the traffic bearing qualities of the ground. Even more impressively, the team will also show how Earth Observation satellite data of an unsurveyed desert landscape can be used to derive geohazard information.
HCR has been made more instructor-friendly. The new version features an auto fly option for the virtual helicopter, freeing up the instructor to concentrate on a student’s progress. Additionally, Virtalis has broadened its library of moveable objects that can be dragged and dropped across the terrain to aid observational and navigational training.
Chief Flying Instructor, Commander Mike Greenland of RAF Shawbury, explained: “HCR is just amazing. We can see at once whether the crew are scanning correctly and using the right techniques”.
The new gunnery module allows students to practice virtual firing on a fixed GPMG and also experience how helicopter firing performance is affected by gravity drop and the effect of the rotors from different helicopter types. Students are even able to see where their rounds would have landed in actuality, once these variables have been factored in.
Group Captain Brown concluded: “There is no doubt HCR has saved flying hours while enhancing training quality, thereby reducing costs”.