Flying a Chinook safely in critical environments depends on crew coordination and sensitive decisions of both pilots and loadmasters. To support training of the pilot flying, and his crew, the Desdemona motion simulator is coupled in real-time to different loadmaster cabin simulators (both mock-up and Virtual Reality solutions). Training scenarios include bowl landings, pinnacle approaches, brownout/whiteout landings and maneuvring a pick-up load in the mountains. Key learning points, for both pilots and loadmasters, concern susceptibility to Spatial Disorientation in those scenarios. It is not just the pilot who is susceptible to disorientation; so is his or her crew!

Motion is essential

High fidelity motion simulation is essential to train pilot behavior in complex flying tasks, such as a brownout take-off and landing. Desdemona offers one-to-one attitude cueing for the Chinook in hovers and landings, strong braking and pitch cues to simulate the illusion of nose-down attitudes in a brownout, and large vertical cues to simulate wind demarcation lines in the mountains.