Vrgineers, Starlight Pilot Training

South African flying training provider, Starlite Aviation Academy, have become the first company in Africa to operate a dedicated VR mission training facility for use with their defence customers which incorporates the latest cutting edge technology. Starlites trainees will now be taught foundation and advanced flying techniques on the new version of the reconfigurable trainer developed by Vrgineers, a leader in delivering virtual and mixed reality pilot training systems for professional and military clients, alongside British company CHS Tactical LTD.

Humanitarian and peace support training courses in the military and governmental field in Africa, can now be conducted in virtual and mixed reality. Starlite Aviation Academy, one of Africa’s largest providers of fixed and rotary wing flying training, purchased four helicopter & two fixed wing simulators, complete with the latest suite of dynamic environment software, and full instructor operating stations, for under 1 million USD. This places Starlite Aviation Academy at the forefront of this cutting edge technology.

“The addition of this capability to Starlite Aviation Training Academy’s suite of services offered to clients, will provide a full value-chain offering that the company intends to expand throughout Africa and beyond its current provision of quality training services in Mossel Bay. This is only the first step and is testament to the company and its partners’ commitment to investing in technology and new innovative platforms for the provision of aviation training to service our client’s needs,” says CEO Starlite Aviation Academy Gareth Schenhage.

The trainer that has been purchased by Starlite Aviation Academy is the newer version of the popular reconfigurable trainer earlier developed by Vrgineers. It is based on the existing Classroom Trainer platform which was displayed earlier last year in Orlando, US, at the I/ITSEC conference, where it received excellent reviews.

The simulator which was delivered to the US Air Force for F-15, F-16 and F-35 pilot training, was further modified to support simpler rotary and fixed wing platforms. Multiple iterations were tested during the development cycle to try and reduce the costs associated, without jeopardising any of the core features, whilst at the same time, ensuring it maintained its reconfigurable element.

Starlite Aviation Academy will use their simulators alongside the courses provided by CHS Tactical company: “Our foundation & advanced courses have each been designed to be three weeks long, with a mixture of theoretical classroom based studies utilising the latest learning

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