General Aviation Flight Simulator
The General Aviation Flight Simulator (GAFS) prototype, designed, & developed by The Flying Engineer, is possibly one of the most professional & versatile flight simulators available today, for the purposes of basic flying training, and instrument familiarization / proficiency, in its development cost-category.
Weeks were spent studying a real Cessna 172: Manuals, dimensions, and heavy interaction with real world pilots. With their constant supervision of the evolution of the design of GAFS, this simulator is the closest one can get to a near-true-to-life flight simulator for its low development budget.
With professional 3D-Modelling of the entire simulator, design reviews by pilots, extensive ergonomic study and implementation, deep analysis and technical trade-offs, this GA flight simulator is a result of both extensive design efforts and the previous professional experience of The Flying Engineer in technical aviation / simulation.
- A very skilled aerospace design engineer who was part of the development of the Boeing 787 Flight Controls while working at Honeywell.
- An experienced technical manager who has developed the Flight Management System (FMS) for the Boeing 777, 787, A320, A340 & A380 airplanes, and has United States Patents to his credit.
- Cessna 172 pilots.
- The Flying Engineer.
The Simulator has been designed for the purposes of basic aviation training (flying), advanced aviation training (flying + instruments), systems training, and for aerospace research activities. The simulator, although modelled around a single, popular training airplane, is re-configurable to take on any cockpit variant of almost any GA airplane. Modifications to the simulator, if needed, are both simple and quick.
- Full Instrument / System Simulation.
- Realistic Aircraft Performance model.
- Realistic 225 degree HOV (Horizontal Field of View) wrap around visual system.
- Configurable as traditional cockpit (Analog Gauges with Garmin GNS 530 / 430), or Glass cockpit (based on Garmin G1000).
- Cockpit layout may be changed to suit specific aircraft type.
- Day / Night flying, CAVOK and Bad Weather simulation.
- Dual MAP, Dome and Glare shield lights.
- Single pilot controls (Yoke / Rudder) expandable to dual pilot controls.
- Ideally suited for basic flying, systems training, instrument flying, visual flying-practice, and research activities.
- Certifiable as a BATD or as an AATD.
- Full pilot control over all available systems.
- Ergonomically designed in accordance with cockpit design philosophies, with certain acceptable deviations from the real airplane for improved comfort and activity-specific suitability.
- Simple design (custom hardware) for high reliability without compromising on functionality.
- Instructor station may be added. Failure simulation is a default add-on with the instructor station.
At the moment, the prototype is being used for the personal use of The Flying Engineer. CPL holders, who may wish to refresh their specific aircraft / navigation procedures do visit (on invitation) to fly the simulator.
The Flying Engineer takes pride in being one of the most technical aviation journalists. Development of this simulator took 5 months out of his aviation journalism activates, but serves to reflect his unwavering commitment to technical aviation.