|X-Plane 10 Advanced Flight Simulator. Credit: X-Plane.
Fly This Sim, Garmin Exhibit Hangar D, Booth 4155
Flight simulators. Are they toys? Or are they tools? They can be either, or both. The sophisticated graphics and processing power of video games have made flight sims into real 21st century aviation technology.
Fly This Sim produces software to render ultra-realistic simulations of the advanced technology panels of Cirrus and other aircraft.
These FAA-approved trainers are primarily used for mission rehearsal and must be combined with other simulation systems to render scenery and flight simulation.
Fly This Sim is the only approved trainer using touch screens and providing cockpit-specific layouts, plus the ability to change instantly between different aircraft.
It has FAA approval pending on sims for Cessna's 172, 182, and 206 plus the Diamond DA40 aircraft.
Elite, Garmin Exhibit Hangar D, Booths 4020-4021
Elite produces software and hardware systems used as advanced aviation training devices. For over 20 years Elite has been producing everything from software that you can load onto your home computer and fly with a joystick, to turnkey systems for helicopter and fixed-wing training.
The latest version of its RC-1 product offers enhanced visual rendering with more scenic detail, more realism, 3-D modeling, and full WAAS approaches.
Time flown on Elite's RC-1 can be logged toward a variety of flight certificates: 20 hours for instrument, 50 for commercial, 25 for ATP, and 2.5 for the private.
Elite also produces helicopter training systems and a G1000 panel simulator.
Redbird Flight Simulations, Main Display Area, Tent 208
In only its sixth year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Redbird Flight Simulations has become one of the most popular motion simulator products in the world. It has more than 700 of its full motion simulators running, on almost every continent.
Redbird sims are ruggedly built and affordable, according to the company. Redbird likes to say that, because its equipment is well within the reach of medium and small flight schools, it is "democratizing" the flight-training market in a way that no other company has done before.
Redbird's "artificial intelligence" allows the sim to listen and talk back like ATC would. And when you climb into the simulator with your iPad, it will immediately connect itself and believe it's located wherever the simulation is, so you can use apps like ForeFlight, Jepp, and others.
X-Plane, Bendix/King by Honeywell Exhibit Hangar B, Booths 2028-2029
X-Plane 10 is the latest version of this popular flight-simulation system. Released in fall 2011, version 10 allows you to fly any type of airplane to any airport on the planet. There are about 3,000 airplane definitions that have been built for the software and can be added to the basic product, which comes with about 45 defined aircraft. The software is available for Macintosh, Windows, and Linux computers.
X-Plane 10 includes all new scenery for the entire planet, new aircraft definition files, improvements to the flight model, new air traffic control system, and improved weather rendering.
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