Flying Helicopter Simulator (EC 135 ACT-FHS)

Low-noise flight
Low-noise flight
Image 1/2, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).

Low-noise flight

Airbus Helicopter EC 135 ACT/FHS during a flight test

flight controller
Flight controller
Image 2/2, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).

Flight controller

Airbus Helicopter EC 135 ACT/FHS during flight controller testing

Known simply as the Flying Helicopter Simulator (FHS), the Eurocopter 135 Advanced Control Technology-Flying Helicopter Simulator (EC 135 ACT-FHS) is based at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Flight Experiments facility in Braunschweig. The airborne testbed, which is the only one of its kind in Europe, was developed together with Eurocopter Deutschland (ECD) and Liebherr Aerospace Lindenberg (LU).

Flying Helicopter Simulator

In the FHS development phase, the standard EC 135 helicopter was extensively modified for use as a research and testing unit. The key technologies integrated in the research helicopter include fibre optic cables to connect elements of the control system (fly-by-light), intelligent actuators and sensors, as well as modular computer architecture and state-of-the art modular cockpit displays.

In its function as an aerial testbed, the FHS can be used to demonstrate new flight control technologies; alternatively, as a flying simulator, it can be used to modify the helicopter’s flight behaviour. Thanks to this capability, the FHS’s range of applications include testing new helicopter systems, training pilots, developing new control and regulation systems, as well as simulating the flight characteristics of various helicopter configurations. Pilots are therefore able to test new systems and helicopters under realistic flight conditions.

Contact
  • Martin Gestwa
    Head of Flight Facility Braunschweig
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Flight Experiments Facility
    Telephone: +49 531 295-2240
    Lilienthalplatz 7
    38108  Braunschweig
    Contact
  • Burkhard Wigger
    Facility Director
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Flight Experiments Facility
    Telephone: +49 531 295 2930
    Lilienthalplatz 7
    38108  Braunschweig
    Contact

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