Vertical Mission Training establishes a virtual reality helicopter training centre in Monchengladbach

Vertical Mission Training establishes a virtual reality helicopter training centre in Monchengladbach

The company is building the new training with VRM Switzerland.


VRM Switzerland also seems to be expanding their offer, since Vertical Mission Training’s center will be offering both the R22 and the H125 but the H145 is also on the table.

Here’s the full press-release:

Vertical Mission Training is going to operate a professional simulator training centre to improve training efficiency and flight safety in helicopter pilot training. Based on virtual reality motion simulators, built by VRM Switzerland, Vertical Mission Training will offer training on Robinson R22 and Airbus H125 VR devices. This enables to provide highest standards in creditable helicopter flight training, from the student pilot up to the experienced commercial pilot. In addition, Vertical Mission Training secured an option for the VR Airbus H145 twin engine training device.

Leading edge technology for student pilot training

Vertical Mission Training the helicopter operator based on passion and enthusiasm is going to establish a helicopter simulator training centre in middle of the Ruhr area, Germany. A Robinson R22 FNPT II will be available for student pilots to learn basic manoeuvres like attitude flying, traffic pattern work and hovering. “Another advantage of the concept is to train emergency procedures safely and consistent. VRM Switzerland has proven in scientific research that it is possible to learn such skills on the simulator to apply them in the real helicopter without adaptation. This increases the learning efficiency by reducing costs, this even environmentally friendly,” Fabi Riesen CEO of VRM Switzerland comments.

More realistic emergency training than in reality

The “flag ship” of the centre is an EASA qualified Airbus H125 FTD Level 3. The simulator represents the flight experience of the real helicopter, which was confirmed by Airbus Helicopters factory instructors and test pilots. Thanks to the combination of a virtual reality 3D visual system, a highly dynamic motion platform and the realistic flight behaviour the system received the quality seal “Airbus approved training device”. All this enables to perform licence and operator proficiency checks on the flight simulation training device (FSTD). In scenario-based trainings pilots can develop their competencies to enhance their flight safety. Compared to trainings and checks in the real helicopter, the simulator allows to manage emergency situations as they would occur. “With VRM Switzerland we found our technology partner to bring our training to the next level and create space for new influences in established concepts.” Robby Jansch, Flight Instructor Heli NRW

Fascination helicopter for everyone

These realistic and affordable simulators enable now to present the fascination of helicopter flying as well to public. Every interested person can try to fly under the guidance of experienced instructors. Step by step without risk, affordable and no time pressure, as VRM Switzerland’s unique flight assistance enables to hand over single controls to the pilot, like in reality.

“The accessibility to professional simulator technology for flight students in early stages of their training is a game changer in the business. We are happy to be among the first adaptors.” Holger Lubbe, Founder

About VRM Switzerland

VRM Switzerland in Dübendorf, Switzerland, is the leading manufacturer of VR helicopter simulators in the world. The company consists of an innovative team of over 30 passionate engineers, highly specialised developers and dedicated aviation experts. The simulator's mechanics, all electronic circuits, as well as the software, are designed and developed internally by the company. Another strength is the own FSTDO and the company’s proximity to various flight schools and operators.

“VRM Switzerland provides a groundbreaking simulation technology. Combined with our vision of future training concepts we see a great chance to bring a highly efficient but also affordable training solution to a broad range of customers.” Andreas Römer, Founder

About Vertical Mission Training

Vertical Mission Training was established in 2022 by aviation enthusiasts - founded to pass on this enthusiasm to our customers and flight students. We are convinced that a professional aviation company belongs to a professional airport, therefore we chose Monchengladbach commercial airport as our company headquarters. The location directly next to Düsseldorf Airport also means easy access for international customers. One goal of Vertical Mission Training is to be a strategical partner of flight schools. One of our founding partners is Heli NRW. As a flight school they provide training for PPL, CPL and FI.

“Virtual Mission Training provides custom-tailored concepts wich are capable to transform non-technical skills (CRM) into good practice, to enhance flight safety and efficiency.” Kai Nohe, Founder


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