The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has received a new A109 flight simulator as part of the integrated training system for future New Zealand Defence Force helicopter aircrew.

The €9.3m simulator, along with AgustaWestland’s Virtual Interactive Procedural Trainer (VIPT), will train A109 aircrew as well as pilots of NH90 and SH2G helicopters.

The new simulator will be stationed at Ohakea base, New Zealand, and will provide around 1,400 hours of training a year with an expected service life of 30 years.

The night vision goggle (NVG) compatible simulator features a six-axis electro-pneumatic motion system, a seat vibration system and a sound system, and is capable of simulating day and night flights.

The Virtual Interactive Procedural Trainer (VIPT) is a PC-based system replicating the A109LUH cockpit through touchscreens and uses the aircraft’s automatic flight control system to simulate all features of instrument flight.

The 42ft-long AgustaWestland AW109 light utility helicopter is a lightweight, twin-engine, eight-seat multi-purpose helicopter that is also in service in South Africa, Sweden and Malaysia.