Advanced Rotorcraft Technology Selects Swiss Simulator Manufacturer to Provide Virtual Reality Full Motion Simulator

26th Oct 2022

California based Advanced Rotorcraft Technology will use BRUNNER’s NOVASIM Virtual Reality Full Motion Simulator in the future to demonstrate high definition Flight Dynamics Models based on their FLIGHTLABTM software. ART customers and future clients will now have the opportunity to test and fly various flight models at different model fidelities. BRUNNER’s NovaSim fulfills a long awaited need for ART and its demanding customers in the Defense, Academia, and the Civil market.

“We are proud to be working with ART, one of the leaders of rotorcraft modeling and the producer of the world renowned FLIGHTLABTM software. Partnering with ART shows the full potential of the NovaSim VR/MR which only Virtual Reality full motion simulators will reveal. From Bell407, Airbus H125, UH-60 Black Hawk and emerging eVTOL models all can be flown now on one device, which we’re very excited about”, according to Mario Ackermann, Sales & Marketing Manager at BRUNNER.

“With the NovaSim VR we at Advanced Rotorcraft Technology are able to demonstrate to our current and future customers our very accurate flight models in a totally immersive experience, for both training and engineering development. Now they have the ability to feel the difference of the flight model in use. The very smooth behavior of the Motion Platform adds important cueing to the Pilot and effectively augments the MR/VR visual display” said Ronald Du Val, President of ART.

The device is now configured as a Bell 407 Helicopter and will feature first ART’s B407 physics-based model. Other physics-based models, such the Airbus H125, UH-60 Blackhawk, customer flight models, and eVTOL models are also planned to be implemented and demonstrated. The compact and easy to reconfigure NOVASIM VR Simulator makes flight model demonstration more efficient and cost effective, either in ART’s showroom or at national and international events.

NOVASIM VR offers a stunning 360 deg full virtual external view, which lets the pilot immerse completely in the simulated environment. Integrating Varjo’s high performance “human eye resolution” HMD’s with NovaSim’s well-tuned motion algorithms make training sessions on this remarkable simulator a completely new experience, and a great addition to pilot training.


BRUNNER has a long-standing record of experience in the field of Virtual and Mixed Reality Simulators. Permanent innovation and product enhancement at a high pace is what they strive for at BRUNNER to fulfill the high expectations our customers have for our products and services. This cooperation between BRUNNER and ART is proof that Virtual and Mixed Reality Simulators are the path forward and will lead the whole simulation and training industry into an era with safer, more ecological, and more affordable training! This applies not only to big operators, but to smaller flight school operators all around the world.

About ART

Since 1982, ART’s staff of experts have supported all aspects of modeling and engineering analysis in regards to rotorcraft simulation including aerodynamics, controls, structures, propulsion, handling qualities, and more. ART is considered an industry leader in the field of modeling, analysis, and real-time simulation for rotorcraft and eVTOL aircraft. ART has developed two major comprehensive analysis and simulation tools for rotorcraft, helicopters, and other air vehicles; FLIGHTLABTM and, in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s Aviation Development Directorate (ADD), the Rotorcraft Comprehensive Analysis System (RCAS). These tools are used throughout the rotorcraft industry and are continually enhanced through research and development of advanced rotorcraft simulation technologies. 

Source: BRUNNER Press Release
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