Air Greenland partners with Loft Dynamics to bring VR flight training to Greenland for the first time

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December 23, 2022 – Loft Dynamics AG (formerly VRM Switzerland), a provider of virtual reality (VR) simulators that have been authorized by major aviation regulators, has this week announced a partnership with Air Greenland to bring its VR training simulator to Greenland.

The partnership marks a new milestone in Loft Dynamics’ mission to make flight training more accessible, even in the most remote places. For Air Greenland, the partnership makes VR flight training technology available domestically for the first time ever.

Air Greenland will operate a Loft Dynamics Airbus H125 VR training simulator from its headquarters in Nuuk. The simulator is Loft Dynamics’ seventh European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-authorized VR training device since receiving its FTD Level 3 Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD) qualification in May 2022. Loft Dynamics stated that by acquiring the simulator, Air Greenland will be able to enhance flight safety, execute license and operator proficiency checks, provide special operations practice required for safely navigating the remote area, and reduce environmental impacts.

Air Greenland operates a fleet of helicopters, including its Airbus H155 and H225, which previously required travel to select international training centers equipped with full-flight simulators. Thanks to the Loft Dynamics simulator’s small footprint (one-tenth the size of traditional simulators) and more affordable price point (roughly one-twentieth the cost of traditional simulators), it means safe and precise flight training technology is more accessible and scalable, no matter how remote the location.

“Loft’s simulator will be instrumental in carrying out our ‘spring refresher’ training, which encompasses operator and license proficiency checks and enhanced procedure and safety trainings. It gives our crew access to the most comprehensive and realistic training opportunities – from standard operating procedures to emergency situations unique to our surroundings,” said Marco Peyer, Chief Flight Instructor (Airbus H125) at Air Greenland. “The device is incredibly cost-effective compared to traditional simulators, and it also helps us to reduce carbon emissions.”

“Remote locations, like Nuuk, require reliable systems to operate pilot training devices. So our team built the system from the ground up, allowing us to conduct software maintenance and provide support anywhere in the world from our headquarters in Switzerland. Meanwhile, local crews gain valuable, hands-on access to the onsite simulator without ever leaving the country,” said Fabi Riesen, CEO and Founder of Loft Dynamics.

“The Loft Dynamics VR simulator is a great tool for significantly enhancing the training experience and ensuring optimal flight safety,” said Brian Jørgensen, Head of Training at Air Greenland. “It’s efficient, economically beneficial, easy to install, and does not take up much space.”

For more information on Loft Dynamics and its virtual reality solutions for pilot training, please visit the company’s website.

Image credit: Loft Dynamics

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