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Bluedrop’s Hoist Simulator is Heading to Europe

Under a partnership agreement Bluedrop Training and Simulation of Canada and Air Rescue UK, the Bluedrop Hoist Mission Training System will be available in Europe in early 2023. Under the banner of Air Rescue Training and Simulation (ARTS) a Bluedrop portable Hoist Mission Training System (HMTS) will be positioned at the ARTS training centre to offer Simulation-As-A-Service (SimAAS) to customers in Europe, Middle East & Africa.

The HMTS allows the trainee to practice mission critical skills in a safe, true-to-life environment, practicing realistic rescue and hoisting operations in challenging scenarios complete with realistic cable behaviour that responds to flight dynamics and operator inputs.

Simulation-As-A-Service (SimAAS) is a cost-effective option to provide rear crew training for multiple mission scenarios. Key Benefits are an approach proved over may years in pilot training, that reinforces learning outcomes so that skills related to situational awareness and crew interaction are delivered as simulator sessions in the HMTS; thus, reducing the volume of training completed on the aircraft, which in turn reduces the overall training cost, improving the allocation of resources.

The SimAAS will be offered from ARTS training centre or at customer locations with the option of a customer using their own instructors/simulator operators.

Ian Bonthrone – Managing Director, Air Rescue UK: ‘We are pleased to be working with Bluedrop, a leader in the field of Training & Simulation, to bring HTMS to Europe and further afield. We have long held the belief that the future of Hoist Operation training was in simulation, and for maximum benefit it must mix realistic haptics with visuals, with the Bluedrop HTMS that future has arrived. We look forward to our partnership with Bluedrop and in addition to providing SimAAS also supporting simulator sales, field service, parts support, and instructor development within our region’

Derrick Rowe – CEO Bluedrop Training & Simulation: ‘Air Rescue UK understands the training regulatory frameworks of EASA and Search and Rescue National regulatory bodies like the UK CAA and the needs of industry regulation. This partnership will provide relevant training outcomes and ensure improved safety and proficiency for hoist operators.’

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