Loft Dynamics Opens First Virtual Reality Flight Simulation Hub in North America
The global pilot shortage looms large, requiring over 600,000 new aviators in the next 20 years. Existing training solutions, including traditional full-motion simulators, remain cost-prohibitive for the average pilot and are confined to select training centers that can house and afford them. By harnessing the power of VR technology, Loft Dynamics' full-motion FSTDs deliver high-fidelity, immersive pilot training at one-twentieth the cost and one-tenth the size of legacy simulators. The company is gaining widespread adoption among aviation leaders and pilots to scale the next generation of skilled pilots.
CEO & Founder, Loft Dynamics AG
"We recognized a significant unmet demand to experience our technology in person in the U.S. Establishing a physical space became the obvious solution, making it more accessible to fly our sims, practice a range of maneuvers, and fully grasp the power of VR technology in this capacity," said Fabi Riesen, founder and CEO of Loft Dynamics. "Our SMO location offers convenient access for a high concentration of pilots and enhances onsite and remote support for our North American customers."
Chief Pilot, Los Angeles Police Department, Air Support Division
Loft Dynamics expanded to North America in 2021, integrating its simulators at various flight schools, helicopter operators, and global regulatory organizations – from Airbus Helicopters to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Today the company also announced that the LAPD Air Support Division, the largest municipal airborne law enforcement operation in the world, has initiated the purchase of Loft Dynamics' H125 VR FSTD. "It's incredibly challenging for any pilot today to realistically train for the dangerous maneuvers and diverse scenarios in which we fly. Learning and mastering the skills and procedures needed to fly under Instrument Flight Rules and to survive an inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions (IIMC) flight is no exception," said Kevin Gallagher, Chief Pilot, Los Angeles Police Department, Air Support Division. "Loft Dynamics' sims use cloud-based software, allowing us to add new and applicable training scenarios regularly. Additionally, the sim's full-motion technology precisely replicates the motion of a helicopter in-flight, while the visual technology accurately simulates challenging flight conditions in a realistic 3D view. These features are critical to providing our more than 50 pilots, who fly around the clock, with the type of conditions and maneuvers they often encounter. With the sim onsite, our pilots can regularly and safely train to maintain proficiency in these essential skills."
Loft Dynamics' Santa Monica Virtual Reality Flight Simulation Hub is located at 3221 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405. To learn more about the hub, or to experience Loft Dynamics' Airbus H125 simulator in person, book a demo.
Loft Dynamics AG (formerly VRM Switzerland) specializes in designing, manufacturing and operating VR flight simulation training devices (FSTDs) for various aircraft systems. Founded in 2016, our mission is to revolutionize global aviation by providing best-in-class pilot training that is safe, accessible and affordable. Our immersive simulators, equipped with a high-resolution 3D panoramic view, dynamic six-degrees-of-freedom motion platform and a full-scale replica cockpit with a unique pose tracking system, are 20 times less expensive and 10 times smaller than traditional flight simulators. Leading manufacturers, airlines, operators, schools and organizations worldwide choose Loft Dynamics simulators — the world's first and only VR FSTDs with EASA FTD Level 3 regulatory approval. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, our team comprises passionate engineers, developers and aviation experts.