The Many Benefits of PC-Based Flight Simulation
If you’re a pilot or a flight instructor, then you’ve by no doubt had some exposure to flight simulators. You’ve probably seen the big full-motion sims the airlines use, and you may have some personal experience using Microsoft® Flight Simulator on your home computer. There are many different types of simulation technology between those two ends of the spectrum though, and all the lines are starting to blur.
Incredibly realistic aircraft add-ons for flight simulation games now allow gamers to learn, master, and “fly” sophisticated aircraft just as if they were sitting in the real thing. Games-based technology is rapidly finding its way into professional simulation devices too. For years, young kids “playing” at home with Microsoft® Flight Simulator X and some high-end aircraft and scenery add-ons have arguably had a better training environment than many airlines! That’s starting to change.
At Flight1 Aviation Technologies, our focus is developing, publishing, and promoting PC-based simulation software for flight training and pilot proficiency. Our products can be used in all sorts of teaching and learning environments—from aviation university classrooms and labs, to flight school and airline simulation centers, to private homes. Our products can be used in all sorts of ways too— integrated into FAA-certified Aviation Training Devices, and as simple software solutions running on a single or multiple PCs used with gaming joysticks.