Bluedrop to deliver virtual reality CH-148 rescue hoist simulator to 12 Wing Shearwater

Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc., through its subsidiary Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc., has received a $1 million contract through the Build in Canada Innovation Program to deliver an innovative approach to hoist training for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Maritime Helicopter (MH) community.

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A member of the flight crew is lowered from a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter on to the flight deck of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montreal on April 20, 2016,
A member of the flight crew is lowered from a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter on to the flight deck of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montreal on April 20, 2016, off the coast of Nova Scotia. Leading Seaman Dan Bard Photo

The new CH-148 virtual reality Rescue Hoist Simulator will provide MH crews the ability to complete mission specific hoist and crew communication evolutions in operationally relevant environments.

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As one of the first virtual reality rear-crew mission training simulators available within the RCAF, this simulator will enhance crew readiness at reduced risk and cost while maximizing the value of flight operations. Bluedrop will work closely with 12 Wing to tailor simulator capabilities to address basic and advanced crew training requirements.

“We are very pleased to continue our work with the Maritime Helicopter community, supporting their operations with this state-of-the-art training device,” said Jean-Claude Siew, vice president of technology and simulation. “As Bluedrop is already a proud partner in the CH-148 training program through the provision of instructors and courseware, this project underlines our extensive capabilities as a complete training systems integrator.”