Required: The VEMD/FLI an idiots, substitute "Pilot's" guide for the AS350B3
Would anyone have a presentation or similar on the operation of the Eurocopter AS350B3 VEMD/FLI, from an operational point of view, that they would be willing to share?
Perhaps something that is used when conducting a conversion to type for a new pilot?
Both the aircraft flight manual and the instruction manual have plenty of information on its operation, functions, etc but I find that they donít really present the information from a pilotís perspective.
While I am happy operating the system I would like to get into it a little more as I am writing up new operational notes for the B3 and I would like to work up a PPT presentation and new flight reference cards but rather than re-inventing the wheel I thought I would appeal to the generous nature of ppruner's
I'm no sure what you need to know. There's a big fat AI in the middle, airspeed on the left, altitude on the right, and errr, that's it. I converted from Robinsons to the EC screens (IFR and VFR) and apart from getting used to interpreting/scanning the screens rather than looking at ye olde dials, there wasn't a lot too it.
Although what I think would be useful is if someone/Eurocopter provided a DVD of the screens in use, in all the different scenarios. So you can see what happens when starting the engines, capturing the glideslope, what happens when one of the autopilot channels get degraded, somethings turns orange etc.
WSP, you are talking about the PFD and ND - it would appear - whereas GJ10 is talking about the FLI and VEMD on the B3 - which has conventional flight instruments.
GJ10, I don't have anything on the B3, but I do have the EC-155 Training manual in PFD, and could e-mail you the ATA-31 chapter if you like. It has a lot of generic VEMD/FLI info you might be able to extract something from. Here's a sample page:
windowseatplease: Yes, I am referring to the PDF and MD, sorry.
WSP and 212 thank you for the replies. WSP no problem, I should have made my question clearer. I also fly glass cockpit, so PFD, etc are familiar. I fully agree that it would be nice for manufacturers to provide DVD course material to demonstrate their equipment use.
In simple terms, what I am looking for is an example of a type transition brief, to demonstrate the differences in presentation between the normal style of instrumentation, ie dials and the way the VEMD/FLI presents the same information to the pilot. As I mentioned the Eurocopter manuals to me, concentrate on the functions of the systems, rather than the day to day use in by the pilot.
I know how it works and I can write up something myself but I thought I would pick pruner's brains to see if anyone already has a way to introduce it to a new pilot in a practical and simplified method before diving into the manual.
I did the factory course in Marseille which was excellent but the VEMD section I felt was not explained as clearly as it could have been.
"I did the factory course in Marseille" sorry didn't read all of your reply. You already have it then. Your right it does not tell you much. I would have thought the factory course would have explanied it comprehensively.
helicopter and 212man, thank you for the replies, I will respond to the PM shortly.
I would have thought the factory course would have explanied it comprehensively.
So would I! It was covered but not as deeply as I would have liked. As for the Eurocopter, DVD, 1000euro is a bit of a steep annual expense especially when the course should cover the systems in depth and the with continuation training material supplied
The VEMD is pretty much self explanitory but the FLI I feel could be covered in bit more depth because the information displayed is shown in a completely different manner to a standard type panel which shows Tq, TTI, etc when using standard needle type gauges.
The VEMD is the most beautiful instruments in the Eurocopter Helis.As an engineer I value the info it provides although it hurts my pilots when they overtorque or OTEM. For those who want to know more about the VEMD there is a Cd out from Eurocopter called E-learning Products. Eurocopter will send out the demo which is quite good for the novice. Contact Nicolas @ +33-(0)4-42-85-60-08 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck.
Don't make the FLI more complicated than what it is. It is tQ, T4 and N1 combined in 1 needle on a scale of power usage vs power remaining which is biased in other words take into account atmospheric conditions. The VEMD calculates which limit is your first limiter and that determines the needle position of the FLI. The digital raw signals for tQ, T4, n1 on the rH side will be underlined by yellow or red dependant on the limit reached and which one is affected. On the B3 and B4 the VEMD will also monitor and record the overlimit reached dependant on ground speed for TQ as it is dependant on whether you are above or below 40kts-the vEMD has a pitot static line for this and the biased calculations. How it is done in detail is the secret of THALES as it is there software as is the DECU's.
I am aware of no airspeed input to the VEMD B3 (canít speak for the B4). The pilot needs to monitor airspeed and Q for over limits. There is a static pressure input (not dynamic), used for power assurance checks, Ng, T4 and performance computations. Apparently, a class would be beneficial.
It is tQ, T4 and N1 combined in 1 needle on a scale of power usage vs power remaining which is biased in other words take into account atmospheric conditions. The VEMD calculates which limit is your first limiter and that determines the needle position of the FLI.
Thank you VP for that, concise and to the point.
JimEli Page 2.18 of the AS350B3 Training Manual T1 does indeed show the Static Pressure input on the Data Flow Diagram. I think this is what VP is refering to as Pitot Static?
212man thanks again for the response. I have access to the 155 manual as. I went over it and the information is about as basic as the 350.
GoaGuy I have emailed eurocopter for a copy of the demo which may be of use.
Glassjar, I have found that the best information on the VEMD and it's display is on the OPEN350 CD(get it from you engineering department). Go to the Description and Operational Manual and then chapter 34 and select the Central warning and display. This chapter gives you an explanation of every single symbol used, ranges, devaults, codes, modes, functions, logic etc and is the most detail by far I have found. It does not have colour photos, but what I have done is to power up a VEMD and take photos of all the stuff listed and worked it all into a presentation. The chapter gives you all the detail you need to access all possible info and you will see there is so much that you will have to adapt it for your ops.
I am certain you will be shocked as I was if you go through that chapter, as then only will you realise how clever that box is and how under utilised sometimes-AMAZING PIECE OF KIT!
I'll restate: The B3 VEMD has NO airspeed input, and doesn't adjust limitations when above 40 knots. Also, even though it knows amperage, the performance page does not utilize the information to adjust hover GWT.
There are some older Service Letters available with good VEMD information also.
JimEli I'll restate: The B3 VEMD has NO airspeed input, and doesn't adjust limitations when above 40 knots. Also, even though it knows amperage, the performance page does not utilize the information to adjust hover GWT.
Agreed. As I mentioned I think VP was only making the point that there is a static input.
VP will go into the CD. Tks
Actually what I am putting together is working out so thank you all for the input PPRuNe at it's best.
Concerning your request, Eurocopter Training Services has recently developed a Light Training Device in order to practice on the VEMD, which enables technicians and pilots to discover all VEMD' functions and acquire appropriate reflexes on ground and in-flight.
Would you like us to send you a demonstration CD by mail?
It will give you the opportunity to evaluate VEMD software's concept. Please notice that you will be able to go over the different modes, simulate numerous failures and exercise on the Light Training Device ONLY in the full version.
Please find attached the product booklet, which will present you the VEMD Light Training Device.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question regarding this product.
to Eurocopter! This is such a amazing piece of kit and well done to them for enhancing all of our knowledge with this training program. Yes, the VEMD only uses static and not dynamic which is why it only records above 101% tQ limits as the rest is considered below 40kts. A engineer has to make a entry in the flight folio if a further overtorque occured below 40kt as claimed by a pilot if the scenario arises. However, for delta NG the VEMD takes into consider electrical loading vs NG usage VS atmosphere. These are the interesting things explained in the Description and Operational Manual none of us know about. Met a pilot earlier in the week who were not taught to press select and + until you reach NF and that the indication will be in rotor rpm so the gauage is almost a standby. Brilliant stuff the VEMDcan do!
Hi every one I ma looking for the PDF manual of the VEMD system in the B3 series, or at least a quick user guide to go trough the screens and get information from them, if some one can help me...... thanks