Monthly Archives: June 2011

Lockheed Martin will provide its Prepar3D® visual simulation software to power the National Flight Academy’s (NFA) immersive aviation experience
June 22, 2011

June 13, 2011 – Lockheed Martin will provide its Prepar3D® visual simulation software to power the National Flight Academy’s (NFA) immersive aviation experience as part of the academy’s hands-on approach to teaching the principles of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to students.

“We believe in the mission of the National Flight Academy, which couples STEM curriculum with aviation to inspire youth about technological careers,” said Dale Bennett, president of Lockheed Martin’s Global Training and Logistics business. “With the call from our nation’s leadership – and that of our own corporation– to reinvigorate America’s innovative spirit, we feel it is a great opportunity to support an organization with such a vital cause.”

The NFA is designed to address the concerns of declining STEM skills and standards in our country by providing immersive high-tech adventures that combine classroom math and science fundamentals with hands-on aviation experiences. Prepar3D is visual simulation software that brings immersive game-based technology to training, experiential learning and decision and performance support for non-government, government and commercial organizations.

For NFA, Lockheed Martin will donate copies of Prepar3D, upgradable as new product versions are launched. In addition to providing immersive software to facilitate the students’ learning, Lockheed Martin has donated more than $2 million to the NFA.
“The National Flight Academy’s mission is to educate youth on the fundamentals of STEM, and to do that it is critical we provide valuable learning experiences,” said Vice Admiral Gerald Hoewing, president of the National Flight Academy. “This project can’t happen without companies like Lockheed Martin.”

New Video: Chat with Hal Bryan, EAA

Hi Everyone,

Below is a video blog from a chat I had with recently Hal Bryan at the Experimental Aircraft Association at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  It was a lot of fun visiting there and I had a great time at their museum.

Get the Flash Player to see this content.

John

3DS Max Tools updated
June 16, 2011

Hi Everyone,

Just in case anyone missed it, Adam has posted an update to the 3DS Max tools.  The tools now support 3DS Max 2011.   See his forum topic here:

http://www.prepar3d.com/forum-5/?mingleforumaction=viewtopic&t=303

The update can be downloaded in the Community Downloads section of the website.

John

Case Study: A.C.E.S. Flight Simulation and Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D®
June 14, 2011

Prepar3D® on the A.C.E.S. Surround View Flight Simulator

If you ask Mike Pohl at A.C.E.S. Flight Simulation if he thought it would be possible to deliver a convincing flight simulation using one projector and computer twenty years ago, he would have said, “no way”.

Today, that answer would be very different. The frenzied pace of technology continues to enable us to do things previously thought impossible. Take flight training, for example. Aircrews can now train to operate multi-million dollar aircraft using a device as small as a smart phone, up to a simulator surrounded by a dome that fills an entire room.

A smart-phone and a simulator the size of a car are certainly at opposite ends of the spectrum, both in terms of fidelity and cost. To address the gap in the middle, Lockheed Martin and A.C.E.S. – two companies known in the aerospace industry – have partnered to develop a medium-fidelity training capability that is affordable, effective and complimentary to existing programs.

By combining A.C.E.S’ Surround View Flight Simulator and Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D ® professional training software, professionals who are rehearsing for an assignment can train on a simple-to-operate device with realistic field of view (FOV). With A.C.E.S.’ proprietary lens and geometric image correction software called Omnimap, plus Prepar3D ®, a computer and a projector, trainees can experience a convincing training environment, including an Out the Window image that covers all of the pilot’s horizontal field of view, and capable of Level-D resolution (4.921 ARC/minutes). Using this configuration will bring users a crisp, sharp image, edge to edge, and the above video link demonstrates 6.56 ARC/minutes, with 200 degrees horizontal FOV, 62 degrees vertical FOV and a brightness of 4000 lumens.

A.C.E.S.’ Surround View Flight Simulator is easy to operate, as users turn it on when they want to train, and turn it off when they’re done. And with 4000-hour lifespans, bulbs last years for average training simulation users.

A.C.E.S. is pleased to offer this mid-fidelity training system based on Prepar3D ® for professionals who need an effective, affordable way to prepare for their critical missions.

About

A.C.E.S. Flight Simulation, founded in 1996, designs and builds flight simulators for education, training and entertainment markets. It maintains a simulation facility at Mall of America, featuring four F-18 AeroDome Flight Simulators and four WWII AeroDome Flight Simulators.  These are linked together via a flight controller (IOS) in our control tower so guests can fly combat against each other. A.C.E.S. brings sophisticated, realistic flight simulation experiences to the attention of the general public.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.

LOCKHEED MARTIN’S PREPAR3D® SOFTWARE TO SOAR AT NATIONAL FLIGHT ACADEMY

A Student at the National Flight Academy is Engaged in the Prepar3D® Software

ORLANDO, Fla., June 13, 2011 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will provide its Prepar3D ® visual simulation software to power the National Flight Academy’s (NFA) immersive aviation experience as part of the academy’s hands-on approach to teaching the principles of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to students.

“We believe in the mission of the National Flight Academy, which couples STEM curriculum with aviation to inspire youth about technological careers,” said Dale Bennett, president of Lockheed Martin’s Global Training and Logistics business. “With the call from our nation’s leadership – and that of our own corporation– to reinvigorate America’s innovative spirit, we feel it is a great opportunity to support an organization with such a vital cause.”

The NFA is designed to address the concerns of declining STEM skills and standards in our country by providing immersive high-tech adventures that combine classroom math and science fundamentals with hands-on aviation experiences. Prepar3D ® is visual simulation software that brings immersive game-based technology to training, experiential learning and decision and performance support for non-government, government and commercial organizations.

For NFA, Lockheed Martin will donate copies of Prepar3D ®, upgradable as new product versions are launched. In addition to providing immersive software to facilitate the students’ learning, Lockheed Martin has donated more than $2 million to the NFA.

“The National Flight Academy’s mission is to educate youth on the fundamentals of STEM, and to do that it is critical we provide valuable learning experiences,” said Vice Admiral Gerald Hoewing, president of the National Flight Academy. “This project can’t happen without companies like Lockheed Martin.”

Prepar3D ® is based on the Microsoft ESP ™ Flight Simulator product line and is compatible with add-on software created for ESP ™. On the web site, www.prepar3d.com, users can get the software as well as download a software development kit to create add-ons such as aircraft, instruments, boats, buildings and other environmental features.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.

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Updated Experience Gallery shots

Hi Everyone,

I have updated the Experience page with new screenshots of Version 1.1.  These shots incorporate the use of Orbx Pacific North West scenery and the Real Environment Extreme REX2 environmental add-on.  These really add a new dimension to the Prepar3D simulation experience, which hopefully comes through with the screenshots.

John