May 25, 2022

European Air Services operates the most advanced mixed reality F-16 simulator

A partnership has been formed between VRgineers, Lockheed Martin and VAE Controls to create the next generation of rider trainers. The key element of this collaboration was the XTAL headset from VRgineers. The flagship product, a virtual and mixed reality headset with the highest fidelity, 8K Industry-leading 180° resolution and field of view available, giving VRgineers a unique advantage in their Synthetic Training Environment (STE) solution. This unparalleled image quality and superior immersion increases situational awareness and eliminates negative drag. The entire simulator is built on a raised platform which provides a g-force feel and uses Polhemus Viper tracking from a real F-16 which brings a realistic and immersive environment.

Lukáš Rácz, Flight Simulator Operation Manager, Slovak Training Academy commented:

Training in a mixed reality simulator gives me a realistic training experience comparable to flying in a real airplane. Using an F-16 simulator, I can rehearse tactical operations, which would otherwise be impossible to prepare for in the real world except in a simulated environment. The VRgineers F-16 EAS Simulator is incredibly natural. I was able to fully utilize the cockpit with my hands and practice every scenario I could imagine. I’m sure these simulators will change the future of pilot training.

In reaction to the purchase, VRgineers CEO and Founder Marek Polčák commented:

On behalf of VRgineers, we are very proud to have been able to work with European Air Services and Lockheed Martin on the creation of a new type of F-16 Block 70 mixed reality trainer. This simulator is unique in many ways . It is the first simulator of its type in the world, combining a wide field of vision with a fully functional replica cockpit that the pilot can interact with. The XTAL helmet is the cornerstone of this solution offering a market-leading 180° field of vision and 8K resolution. This unique combination provides a latency-free training experience and eliminates negative training.

Jozef Dzuruš, CEO of European Air Services, said:

Our company provides aeronautical training for pilots and maintainers. Our company is the only civilian operator of American Blackhawk helicopters in Europe. Our fleet consists of 24 helicopters, which allows us to offer a comprehensive training program. Based on our successful rotary wing training, we began to develop advanced training for fixed wing pilots. We decided to cooperate with VRgineers to develop the most advanced simulator for the F-16 platform. It is the world’s first simulator that combines a physical cockpit with mixed reality technology. While we were developing the simulator, we intended this unique technology to be used in training programs for military F-16 pilots in European countries.

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SOURCE VEngineers