Who knows better than me how cost of flight training can deter you from flying.
Redbird Flight Simulations has presented something that promises to lower the cost of flight training.
No my dear fellow pilots, it has not found a substitute for avgas!!
Redbird Flight Simulations has come out with a small-scale version of a full-motion simulator which can be operated manually.
The offering from the company was on display at the EAA AirVenture.
So how does this flight simulator, named the Redbird Alpha, created a real life like flight experience?
The all-metal Redbird Alpha, still in concept stage, makes use of gears, pulleys, weights, and jack screws giving six degrees of movement.
Talking about company’s latest development, Josh Harnagel stated, the pilot’s platform can be swung up and down, to and fro and side to side.
So what is the difference between Redbird Alpha and the multi-million dollars flight simulator?
Well, the expensive simulators run on hydraulic and motor assistance to give turning, climbing and rolling motions. In Redbird Alpha the same motions will be attained by using fulcrum and balance points.
The objective of the company, Harnagel says, is to come out with a full-size simulator, provided they are able to achieve this in a considerable cost effective way as compared to multi-million dollar devices that are used to train professional pilots.
Redbird Flight Simulations has to be priced less or else it will not be made, says Harnagel.
When you operate multi-million dollar airplane and thousands of worth of dollars cargo or hundreds of living souls, a pilot needs to be safe.
Full-motion simulator training sessions are used by air carriers to train their pilots which prepare them for routine and emergency situations.
The big size of expensive training devices needs large areas where they can be installed. American Airlines had to displace concrete walls to make room for its hydraulically operated simulators at its Dallas / Forth Worth training facility.
Redbird claims its Alpha will be lighter, smaller and requires less power to operate. This means it can be quite affordable for airlines to operate.