Flight Simulator Motion System

Flight Simulation

Flight Simulators are used extensively by Airlines to train their flight crews, but also military flight operations and aerospace research is conducted in simulators.

Simulators provide a safe and effective environment where different flight scenarios can be rehearsed or human-aircraft interaction can be evaluated.

There are many types of flight simulators, each with a specific purpose in mind. From the relatively simple procedure trainers to the complex Full-Flight Simulators or even Spatial Disorientation Trainers (like the very advanced DESDEMONA).

A full-flight simulator typically consists of these components:

  • Host Computer
    • Flight Dynamics Model
    • World Simulation (Ground, Weather, Other Vehicles, Air Traffic Control)
  • Visual System:
    • Visual Database
    • Image Generator
    • Display System (e.g. Projectors and Dome)
  • Sound System:
    • Sound Database
    • Sound Generator
    • Amplifiers/Speakers
  • Control Loading System:
    • Control Column, Pedals, Throttle
    • Linkage
    • Loaders/Actuators
    • Force Sensors
    • Control System
  • Motion/Vibration System:
    • Electric/Hydraulic Motion System
    • Control System
    • Access Ramp
  • Instructor/Operator Station