• Ryan Aerospace's Robinson-style Helimod. (Ryan Aerospace)
    Ryan Aerospace's Robinson-style Helimod. (Ryan Aerospace)

Queensland-based Ryan Aerospace will launch their new Robinson-style Helimod simulator at an expo in Las Vegas this weekend.

Using virtual reality for graphics, the new unit includes a Robinson-type T-bar cyclic and collective, and can be used for training in either R22, R44 or R66 models.

It will feature at Ryan Aerospace's stand at FlightSimExpo this weekend.

The unit is "software agnostic", which means it works with almost any simulation software including X-Plane, Microsoft Flight Simulator and Prepar3D.

“The initial device is solely made as a virtual reality trainer," said Ryan Aerospace founder Chris Ryan, "but we will expand on this over time by adding switch and engine panels, avionics and main instrument panel with a view to getting certified for pilot training.

"Ultimately, we would like to turn it into a mixed reality device.'

Mixed reality includes some physical attributes such as gauges and controls, combined with virtual reality for the outside world.

The Robinson sim is built on the successful Helimod III platform, which is in operation with the US Army training helicopter pilots at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

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