Senin, 17 September 2012

Who Else Wants Sixty Days To Soar Through The Air With An FAA Certified Flight Simulator For Free?

By John Mosley

The FAA sure has some tough guidelines when it comes to certifying a computer based flight simulator as authentic enough to give it their stamp of approval. They have not only given us some clues as to what they require, but they have outlined in great detail what criteria any PC-based flight simulator must possess.

The big deal over computer flight simulation is connected to the ergonomic similarities that exists between controls for real world aircraft and PC based controls. Controls that are PC based must be easily recognized and identical to those that exist in real airplanes. For instance, they must indicate the manner in which pilots will have the ability to use them and the computer keyboard must not be included in flight operations given the fact that these units do not exist in real airplanes.

Also, physical controls such as rudder pedals, joysticks and flight yokes must be interchangeable with virtual controls saving the location setting, wind parameters, configuration for air craft and stopping, pausing or simply starting the actual simulator software.

Now, here's a really important factor - response times. In a professional training environment, the optimum simulation experience not only requires realistic controls, but also those controls must be able to respond in a timely manner. For example, any flight controls delays need to be 300 milliseconds or less. Let's face it - if the plane takes ten seconds to respond to a command from the pilot, then the software that drives it is not going to be of much value is it? At the start of the program, the computer itself needs to monitor the control system response times, and if there is a significant delay, then a warning should be displayed, otherwise - it's game over.

Now - as you are already probably aware - certain real time simulator readouts are paramount to a trainee pilot, such as an adjustable altimeter, and of course heading and airspeed indicators. Ah, but what about when you're "back on the ground"? Good thinking! Along with those crucial live data readouts, you must be able to analyze your flight during a post flight briefing. No problem with Virtual Pilot 3D, as the software records the horizontal and vertical track of the aircraft movement so that it can be played back later. This is great for training purposes, but also can be used purely for your entertainment.

Each one of these features is an important factor to consider in any flight simulator, but at the end of the day, there are no real benefits in having phenomenal features if your monitor is sub-par, so your really need to secure the best possible monitor that you are able to buy. The new LED backlit LCD displays have amazingly fast response times, contrast ratios that are excellent, extreme numbers of pixels, to provide you with fantastic visuals for your VirtualPilot 3D simulator use. You should also bear in mind that the simulator controls - pedals, throttle and flight yoke are in compliance with FAA standards and allow you to enjoy a smooth experience that is very realistic.

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