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Flying Simulators Are Just Like The Real Thing
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Flying Simulators Are Just Like The Real Thing

Anyone who has always wanted to operate a plane would love to be in a flying simulator. Many of them are so realistic that it’s difficult to tell that you’re not really in the sky.

Boeing or Airbus flying simulators

Large corporations who design jets usually have life-size flying simulators the size of an actual airplane’s cockpit. They often have several rooms where they can practice on various models of jets that they are in the process of designing. The aircraft usually has all of the controls of a real plane. It is much more difficult to maneuver a Boeing jet or an Airbus than it is to fly a smaller aircraft because of its size and because there are often extra controls in the cockpit. These are not available to the public because they are used by design engineers and in flight schools where future pilots learn and develop their skills. They can actually experience a variety of real-life situations that require them to know all of the individual controls and their functions.

Software for entertainment purposes

There is a good variety of software available online that can also provide the flying experience that many hobbyists love. It’s possible to download apps for iPhones, iPod Touch, iPad, Palm Pre and other devices. You can also download it to your laptop and take it with you wherever you go. Play while you’re waiting at the airport or the doctor’s office, or anywhere else. One company who specializes in software sells USB keys for $500 and $1,000 which unlock the professional FAA-certifiable versions of the game. Special joysticks and other hardware are usually needed to use this program in the best way. There are also very economical games that are available for under $20, such as Microsoft’s and other company’s versions.

Learn to fly a helicopter

There are also flight simulators available for those who want to learn how to operate a helicopter. Some of these are very realistic and include avionic equipment such as radar, GPS, and other tools that are actually used in real helicopters. Those who are training to fly real planes and helicopters in the future can enroll in certified courses to learn to operate piston, jet, and turboprop airplanes as well as helicopters. It is possible to earn certified hours in training with some of the courses offered online.

Preventing aviation disasters

Simulator pilots do not use these devices for their hobby, but to save the lives of many by reducing the chance of a disaster in the air. They test new technology that can prevent accidents. One tool that they are testing is the GPS tracking device called ADS-B or automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast. It uses satellites to notify them of their position in the air and of any other aircraft near them. It is also designed to help pilots see vehicles on the runway during takeoff and landing. It has the capability to let pilots know if the runway is too short, a problem that has caused crashes in the past. To make the simulation testing as realistic as possible, they have interaction with air traffic controllers who role-play in the testing procedure.


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