MI-8/MI-17 Helicopter Full flight Simulator

The simulator is designed for training on the ground of crews of Mi-8/Mi-17 type helicopters as part of the commander (left-hand pilot), navigator (right-hand pilot), airborne technician (airborne mechanic) to actions in full scope of their functional responsibilities for piloting, navigation, operation of airborne systems and equipment of the helicopter, communication activity, effective interaction, including in case of failuresin various airborne systems and in special cases in accordance with the Mi-8/Mi-17 Helicopter Flight Manual  in order to form and maintain their stable skills to control the helicopter and its weapons in various conditions.

General characteristics of the simulator meet the requirements submitted to Full Flight Simulators (FFS) of B qualification level (according to CS-FSTD(H) standard “Requirements for certification of helicopter flight simulators”) and provides training of not only flight and navigation tasks in accordance with the Flight Manual, but also conducting training to perform combat tasks (in accordance with the training program and Guideline for combat use of air weapons).

Simulator structure

  1. Cockpit simulator
  2. Mobility system (dynamic 6-step platform and vibration platform)
  3. 10-channel projection system with a spherical screen
  4. Manager’sworkstation (including software and hardware complex)
  5. Computer piloting simulator
  6. Equipment for post-training analysis

Simulator capabilities

Carrying out the following crew training programs:

  • initial crew training
  • retraining from another type of aircraft
  • periodic training and professional development of current pilots
  • annual inspections
  • new pilot testing
  • qualifications restoration after a break in flight work
  • engineering staff training and simulated fault analysis
  • minimum reduction of pilots

Training on the simulator allows to:

  • improvethe efficiency of the flight personnel training and retraining process
  • ensure themaintenance of flight skills under conditions of limited flight hours
  • reduce the consumption of materials and resources of aviation equipment for training flights
  • increase flight safety by improving the preparedness of pilots for emergency situations
  • enhance control overthe flight discipline
  • provide wide possibilities in research of new progressive methods and techniques in flight training

The simulator is a universal training and methodological tool for ground training of flight personnel and provides:

  • familiarization with the actions by controls of the helicopter and its systems
  • skill training in assessment of the environmentand decision making in special flight cases and tactical tasks
  •  skill training in special (emergency, abnormal) cases in flight
  • skill training in actions by controls on elements of flight missions
  • automated task assignment for training
  • preparation for solo flight
  • group control of readiness for flight missions
  • analysis of mistakes made in piloting techniques and helicopter systems operation

Manager’s possibilities in preparation and during the exercises:

  • two-way communication with trainee crew members
  • selection of the area of the upcoming flight missionfrom the geo-information base available in the simulator
  • setting the initial position and status of virtual units of the parties, as well as a scenario of their actions (combat tasks) during the training
  •  entry of the flight mission: combat mission; helicopter combat load; route and flight profile; solo flight or as a pair or link (as a master or slave)
  • assignment of meteorological conditions of the flight mission
  • performance of the flight manager’sfunctions
  • operative change in the current scenario of training (setting of emergency situations, entering failures, etc.).
  • control over virtual motorized rifle, tank, missile, artillery, anti-tank, anti-aircraft and aviation units of the parties
  • display of the current position of the helicopter, as well as the overall tactical ground and air environment in virtual combat space and on an electronic topographic map
  • operative control and management of the training with the possibility of its stopping and returning up to the beginning of the training, post-flight analysis of actions of each crew member
  • documenting the results of flight missions to be performed by the crew
  • demonstration of the crew’s actions at all stages of the flight by simulating the flight mission profiles recorded on the simulator
  • printing out training results, storing training results of all trainees and their analysis.

Using the simulator during the flight training ofhelicopter units:


The simulator simulates the flight with a high degree of reality achieved by a 6-step mobility system, a spherical screen and a system of visualization of the external environment. Acceleration effects, vibration, jerks and acoustic effects are simulated during training and execution of the “flight” with a high degree of adequacy.



It is easier and safer on the simulator, than in real flight, to practice the actions of the crew members in full scope of their functional responsibilities in accordance with the Mi-17 Helicopter Flight Manual with the possibility of multiple replication, including issues of combat application



Simulation of emergency situations that cannot be or are extremely dangerous to create in real flight


Objective assessment

The simulator allows carrying out a comprehensive detailed analysis of the flight mission as a whole, as well as separate training procedures by each crew member



The simulator can be operated regardless of weather conditions up to 12 hours a day



Operation of the simulator requires much less costs than operation of a real helicopter

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