The Redbird VTO was specifically designed to teach the most difficult, time-consuming, and costly maneuvers every aspiring helicopter pilot needs to learn: hovering and autorotation. Effectively training these tasks required a clean-sheet redesign of our innovative motion platform and industry leading visuals, as well as the creation of a completely new control system that allows one device to simulate multiple helicopters. The VTO is a one-of-a-kind helicopter simulator that’ll provide your customers with unmatched training value, at a price that even small flight schools can afford.
The VTO is the combination of the lessons we’ve learned building over 400 full-motion, Advanced Aviation Training Devices and the most cost-effective technology currently available. It’s not just a major step forward for us, it’s a huge advancement for the growing helicopter training industry. The VTO is easily the most capable and affordable training device of its kind.
The VTO comes equipped with a truly innovative motion system that provides cues so small, precise, and quick that the pilot feels even the slightest deviations before seeing it in the visual system, just as she would in the real world. Unlike the motion system found on the FMX, the VTO moves along arc-shaped tracks to provide the feeling of being suspended from the rotor head. The system is clean and quiet enough to operate in a small classroom, but robust enough to stand-up to years of hard use in a large professional pilot academy.