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Aircrew Training Systems Debuts Flight Simulator

The GL-4000 provides “stick time” and valuable hands on experience to pilots, useful when the autopilot turns off during a flight.

Aircrew Training Systems (ATS) of Pennsylvania introduces the GL-4000 flight simulator, which is designed to support upset recovery training for commercial or military aircraft.

In addition, ATS’ parent company, Environmental Tectonics Corp. (ETC) is seeking qualified pilots to participate in a research project to evaluate all aspects of the GL-4000 simulator for upset recovery training and research. The volunteers will fly in the GL-4000 flight simulator installed at the National Aerospace Training and Research Center’s test facility through August 2011.

Due to the increasing automation of commercial aircraft, pilots have become increasingly dependent upon automated systems and generally do not have the opportunity to regularly practice and develop the skills necessary to recover from abnormal flight conditions, the company said. The GL-4000 provides “stick time” and valuable hands on experience to pilots, useful when the autopilot turns off during a flight.

The GL-4000 offers sustained gravity (G) motion cuing in a high fidelity “authentic tactical flight simulator”, ATS says. The GL-4000 is controlled by the pilot’s commands in response to perceived flight conditions in the device. It accurately replicates the three components of rectilinear acceleration, which are produced by a maneuvering aircraft. A pilot can experience the same mission stress scenarios incurred when flying a real aircraft in the GL-4000, which results in maximum learning benefits. The advantage of a “sustained G” (SG) “dynamic flight simulator” (DFS) over conventional simulators is the capability to produce sustained elevated G levels and a realistic, yet safe, controlled flight environment, according to ATS.

The GL-4000 puts the pilots under the same physiological effects they feel while actually flying an aircraft to better understand how it feels to be disoriented and prepares them for the potential upset in an actual flight, the company says.

The GL-4000 flight simulator has a 10-foot planetary arm and an electro mechanical motion drive system and provides 360 degrees of continuous rotation in four axes of motion: planetary, yaw, roll and pitch. The system’s electro mechanical motion drive system supports the generation of gravitational forces with a maximum G level of 4Gs at mean onset rates of up to 1 G per second.

Aircrew Training Systems markets the GL-4000 flight simulator worldwide and the GL-4000 cockpit can be configured for any international aircraft, commercial or military with an adapted aeromodel, ETC says.