The Annual Royal Aeronautical Society Flight Simulation Group Autumn Conference will focus on the theme of rotorcraft simulation. From traditional, single main rotor helicopters to small, multirotor drones, rotorcraft provide a number of unique challenges regarding simulation – whether the focus of simulation is to support training, research, engineering, or something else.
Helicopter operations, whether civilian or military, are diverse and for many operators no two flights are the same. Often the aircraft’s rear crew play a direct role in the flying tasks. Much of the time is spent in airspace where external forces and actors are more likely to influence your flying, and in the near future airspace for autonomous vehicles will be in close proximity.
Many of the challenges in rotorcraft simulation are technical, others are operational, and some commercial. Some of the questions this conference will ask will include:
– How can current and emerging simulation approaches and technologies best address all phases of flight?
– Traditional flight training devices address a crucial yet limited subset of the activities performed by rotorcraft and their crews, how is the broader scope of operational skills supported by simulation?
– How will simulation support the development of AI and autonomous vehicles and enable us to operate alongside them? Moreover, how might the investment in these areas be exploited by piloted rotorcraft?
– Flight simulation has had a marked influence on aviation safety for the fixed wing community, is it serving rotary wing operators as well?
– What role will simulation play in future live platform and infrastructure integration and qualification?