The simulators demanded by the academia, specially aerospace engineering, need have more capability than a simple flight simulator, and even more functions than a real airplane. To build a simulator for such a specific application demands years of prior experience in the design, development, and construction of flight simulators for the use by aerospace engineers, whether students or practicing professionals.
An aerospace engineering department armed with a flight simulator is a potent combination, giving students the right (and much needed) mix of aerodynamic theory and practical flying experience / training. Just like an automobile engineer cannot design a good car without driving one himself, an aerospace engineer is incomplete without a pilot's feel on how an airplane flies and behaves.
Moreover, avionics companies in India prefer engineers with exposure to modern day avionics. It is for this reason that some of the leading aerospace companies in India provide flying training to their engineers, and simulator training for new employees.
Although designed around accurate dimensions taken from a single piston engine Cessna 172's cockpit, appropriate deviations have been made to simulate other airplanes as well, such as a turboprop and a light jet airplane, while providing more seating comfort in the simulator cockpit.
With an unparalleled compact visual system generating 225 degrees wrap around horizontal field of view, a versatile cockpit that provides multiple flight control inputs, near-complete aircraft systems simulation, multiple instrument and system inputs, dedicated primary and secondary instrument controls, and an instructor station, the General Aviation Flight Simulator (GAFS) is everything that a research institute needs.
With an ergonomically correct design, a two seat cockpit, the capability for 3 onlookers, and ventilation systems, the GAFS is a comfortable flight simulator that can cater to the needs of an institution involved in, or looking for, quality aerospace engineering instruction.
With the cockpit supporting both analog (traditional) and glass (advanced) cockpit instruments/ gauges/ systems, students get an unmatched appreciation of the different generations of cockpit instrumentation and flight control.
Along with that, the flight models of conventional airplanes, as designed, modified or improvised by students may be loaded onto the simulator, providing a wonderful opportunity to fly their own designs!
Cockpit Live ShareTMis an innovation from FlightrixTM, which has been conceived after discussions with highly experienced civilian and Indian Air Force flight instructors.
Typically, an instructional session can support only up to two cadets, and one instructor: be it in the real airplane or in a flight simulator. This prevents other students from observing an instructional flight. However, learning through observation is a very powerful technique which is used by all airlines today under several synonymous names, such as "Supernumery (Supy)", "Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT)".
Cockpit Live ShareTMallows for numerous students to "share" the simulator. One student/cadet flies the simulator, under observation and guidance from a instructor. Eight other students/cadets have their own instruments displayed, which duplicate what is seen by the cadet in the simulator. In effect, nine students pick up procedures, systems and instruments in one shot, progressively reducing the time taken to train every student. This results in tangible savings: in both time and money.
With optional duplicated external visuals, and optional controls for every such student observer, in effect, nine students can fly the simulator in one go, with the instructor randomly selecting a student to take over and complete the flight procedure. This keeps students on their toes, introduces them early to situation awareness, and the importance of communications: a must for crew resource management.
Today, having a simulator in the Aerospace / Aeronautical Engineering department is an absolute necessity, as demonstrated by IITs. To give your students the edge over other colleges when it comes to skill, knowledge, research and recruitment.
The FT-ME-02 allows you to go a step further, by introducing your students to both an analog and digital cockpit, giving them valuable experience on the various avionics present in aviation today. Coupled with the flying experience and an appreciation for aircraft design and advanced avionics, it sets a strong foundation for the designers of tomorrow.
The FT-HE-03 is the best in its class. Apart from allowing students to learn and appreciate analog and digital avionics, it goes a step further, allowing students to design their own airplanes and fly these airplanes in a realistic environment. Students can design the airfoil, fuselage, and the entire aircraft, including the power plant, and test fly them with real world test pilots from the Air Force. This leads to significant research and international publications, in addition to studying and appreciating the performance of various kinds of airplanes and engines.