High stakes - unprecedented Helicopter Training Simulator system testing and inspection
Learn more about TÜV SÜD's involvement in the inspection and testing of a unique Helicopter Training Simulator system.
Mountain rescue services, coast guards, police and military organisations as well as offshore industries rely on helicopters for rescues and other operations that use integrated hoist equipment under the most difficult conditions. To prepare for these challenging missions, helicopter crews and rescue teams must train under conditions as close to reality as possible. For this reason, the Bavarian Mountain Rescue Service initiated a helicopter training simulator project in April 2008.
AMST provided the design of the system, in which a helicopter cabin was mounted on double-girder overhead cranes to serve as a safe environment for comprehensive rescue training. This would provide crews with a practical training system for in-flight operations without using expensive helicopter operating hours.The purpose-built building occupied a length of 50 metres, width of 20 metres and height of at least 20 metres. The system included a helicopter rescue winch in the top of the cabin with a 12-metre rope as well as a downwash fan designed to simulate the downwash effect of rotor blades. As there are over 100 cable cars in Bavaria, cabin cars and chair lifts were installed in the building to facilitate training for various types of rescue operations .
TÜV SÜD was tasked with the responsibility of testing and inspecting this unique system. The complexity of the simulator was unprecedented as until this point in time, there was no other comparable system known to helicopter manufacturers. The fall height for the simulator was in excess of three metres, which under the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC calls for an EC type examination for approval of the device. In 2009, TÜV SÜD successfully conducted the Model Test type examination according to MRL for the simulator system in Bad Tölz, Germany. Furthermore, TÜV SÜD has been conducting the periodical inspection for the system on an annual basis.
The Mountain Rescue Service has ordered a second crane for the helicopter simulator, which will be completed and tested in 2015. Brunnhuber Krane and AMST are also working on an Underwater Escape Training System at a Royal Saudi Naval Forces facility in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Testing of this system will begin in April 2015.